Today is the deadlne for Caribbean Media Awards- Canadian Sumissions

To honour the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, the Caribbean Tourism Organization hosts a Media Awards programme every year, from among features in the preceding calendar year. The CTO is inviting submissions from journalists and travel writers in Canada, as well as those who write for Canadian media.  The submissions must they reflect coverage in print, broadcast or online placements,  as well as photography from International, US and Caribbean-based media that have captured the essence of the Caribbean.


I Couldn’t Have Written It Better Myself

Best Feature Article in a Consumer Newspaper

Been There, Wrote That

Best Feature Article in a Consumer Magazine

Inner Circle King/Queen

Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication

Oh Snap!

Best Photograph in Conjunction with a Feature Article

Golden Mic

Best Feature Broadcast

Virtual Visitor Award

Best Online Feature

Not Lost in Translation

Best Feature by a Canadian  Journalist that appeared in Foreign Media

From Infinity…And Abroad!

Best Feature by a foreign Journalist that appeared in the Canadian Media

They Like Me, They Really Like Me*

Best of Show – USA


Only entries submitted by CTO government members, their public relations agencies or qualified media shall be eligible.

Submissions by foreign-based journalists who contribute to media in Canada are eligible.

Submissions by Canada-based journalists who contribute to foreign-based media are eligible.

Minimum circulation for Canada-based newspaper or magazine entries is 15,000.

All entries must have been published or broadcast in the 2013 calendar year  (January 1 to December 31, 2013)

Only one entry per person per category.

Entries must be submitted on or before 16May, 2014.

Submissions should showcase creativity and thoughtful knowledge of the Caribbean with a provocative story angle.

Award recipient agrees to allow his/her winning work to be published in part or in whole on, and

By submitting an entry, the participant hereby grants the CTO an irrevocable, royalty free and perpetual license right to use without restriction and reproduce all submitted work, whether article or photo, including without limitation the copying, transmission, distribution and publication for display or promotion purposes.  The participant will be credited every time the article or photo is used.

By submitting an entry, the participant hereby represents and warrants that he/she is the author of the article or photo entered for the award and shall defend and hold CTO harmless from any action, claim, loss, damage, liability and/or expense arising from or connected to the infringement of intellectual property rights or copyright with respect to the submitted work.

The winner agrees to allow his/her photograph to be taken and utilized for publicity purposes.

Awards will be presented during Caribbean Week in Toronto on Wednesday, 25 June, 2014 at the Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon.

Where the Selection Criteria herein stated have not been met, the entry shall be disqualified.


Only entries submitted by CTO government members, their public relations agencies or qualified media shall be eligible.

No fee is required to submit.

The relevant category being entered must be clearly specified.

Entries must be submitted in the following formats:

Print: A scanned copy from the publication (s) in pdf or jpeg and, where possible, a web link. Send by email to

Broadcast: A copy of the script (to include transcript of the SOTs and lead ins) and a digital link to the feature emailed to  or sent via web transfer to

Photo: One jpg copy of the photograph and one electronic copy of the publication (to include the photo) in which the photograph appeared, in pdf. Email to

Online: A link to the feature emailed to

Print (newspaper and magazine) entries must clearly show the name of the publication, the date of publication, the title and the name of the journalist(s).

Broadcast entries must include name of entity that broadcast the piece, the date and time of broadcast and the names of the producer(s) and presenter(s).

Eligible participants may enter as many categories as they wish but may not submit more than one (1) entry per category.

For the Golden Mic (Best Broadcast Feature), where an entry is a series or serial, only one programme from the series or serial shall be submitted.

Entries will not be accepted after the stated deadline.


The CTO shall scrutinize all entries upon receipt and tabulate for the judging process those entries which meet the Selection Criteria and adhere to the Submission Procedures.

The CTO shall appoint a panel of judges and shall designate from among them a Chief Judge.

The size of the judging panel and its modus, operandi shall be determined solely by the CTO.

Criteria for the judging of entries shall be:

Content – Relevance, accuracy, cohesiveness of material and adherence to journalistic standards.

Structure & Form – Relevance of topic, clarity, pace, structure (introduction, development and conclusion), presentation of information & ideas.

Title – Relevance of title, concision & clarity.

Quality of Language – Use of language, quality of syntax, quality of sentence structure.

Originality – Originality of ideas, ability to spark audience’s curiosity, boldness, creativity.

Depending on their assessment of the standard of entries, the judges may withhold awards in any category/categories as they see fit.  They may also ascribe “Special Mention” (without award) to an entry where warranted.

Decisions of the judges shall be final.

The CTO enlists a panel of judges from the hospitality, literary and media fields to review the submissions based on the selection criteria outlined above.  The winners will be announced and the awards presented at the Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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