Awards Ceremony on 7 November in Oxford, UK
We are no longer accepting applications for our awards. However, there are still ways you can participate:
- Come celebrate with us on 7 November at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford UK (if you can get here without any airmiles!). We're busy planning an inspiring and lively evening. We'll be recognising and drawing out key insights from the winning projects so that we can all learn from them. Tickets are available for the general public, please book them here. We are keen to make the event accessible to all and tickets are just £5.
- We will be opening up the Climate Communicator of the Year People's Choice award for voting the week of 21 October. Our judging panel is in the process of selecting a shortlist from all the people who were nominated in the first stage, and we'll be asking who you think should win.
- if you missed the application deadline but would still like to share the work you are doing to drive public engagement with climate change, please contact us as there may be other opportunities to collaborate, for example writing a guest blog.
Applied and wondering what's next?
- Winners and runners-up will be notified the week of 21 October - we'll also email everyone who applied.
- We will then liaise with winners and runners-up to obtain content about your projects that we can showcase during the Awards ceremony, and find out whether you will be joining us in person or via video (we are keen that people not fly to our event).
- The Awards ceremony will take place at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, UK on Thursday 7 November 2019.
It’s our 15th anniversary this year and we can’t think of a better way to mark the occasion by celebrating not just our achievements, but also some of the amazing work delivered by organisations and individuals around the world who are driving public engagement with climate change.
Our four award categories seek to champion climate communications work from around the world that helps us to share, understand, show and communicate climate change.
The awards for Climate Change Public Engagement, Climate Communications Research and Climate Visuals Photography will each be assessed by an expert judging panel, and the winner of each of these categories will receive a £1000 cash prize.
The award for Climate Change Communicator of the Year will be put to a public vote and the winner will gain the prestige of winning the people's vote.
Climate Change Public Engagement Award
Meaningful and lasting public engagement is key to tackling climate change. ‘Engagement’ is more than just informing people: it requires actively involving them. Everyone has a right to understand the causes, impacts and solutions of climate change. For society to achieve the changes required to tackle climate change, we need to understand climate change in terms of our own values, our own concerns and see ourselves in the story of collective change.
For this award we are looking for projects that listen, start a conversation, empower, and enable people to talk and take action. We are particularly keen to hear about projects that have engaged new audiences, beyond the ‘usual suspects,’ in innovative ways. Projects should be able to demonstrate that they have generated a shift in attitudes and empowered ongoing engagement with climate change. We are open to any audience, media, scale and format.
Who should apply?
Anybody from around the world who has carried out a project aiming to increase public engagement with climate change within the last three years. This could be a project or outreach event designed and delivered by an individual, a community organisation, or a larger organisation. Applicants must be over the age of 18.
Judges for the Climate Change Public Engagement Award
Hoda Baraka is the Chief Communications Officer for 350.org and is based in Cairo, Egypt.
Her previous work experience includes: environmental journalist, photographer, consultant, freelance project manager and teaching assistant at the American University in Cairo.
Gitika Bhardwaj works at The Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and is on the Board of Trustees of Climate Outreach.
She has a Master's degree in European Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor's degree in History from Queen Mary, University of London.
David Saddington is a Senior Policy Advisor at the UK government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
His public engagement work has been recognised by the United Nations as best practice and his TEDx talk, ‘Why I Don’t Care About Climate Change’ is one of the most viewed climate talks on Youtube. David now works for the UK Government to develop policy for net zero and engage the public in the transition.
George Marshall is Climate Outreach's co-founder and Director of Projects.
He has 30 years experience at all levels of communications and advocacy – from advisory roles for governments, businesses and international agencies to community level campaigns and senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation.
Climate Communications Research Award
Given the urgency and scale of the challenge, the way we communicate about climate change has to be based on the best available evidence of what works - and doesn’t work.
In this category, we are looking for key research studies that have developed fresh understanding and insights on climate change communication.
We’d like to hear about innovative research studies that seek to answer questions about how to best engage the public in a meaningful way with climate change. We’d also like to showcase upcoming talent in this research area, and so are asking for applications to come from Early Career Researchers.
Topics may include areas such as reaching new audiences, testing and developing frames and narratives, or developing understanding around key concepts in climate change communication. The winning study must demonstrate how it has contributed new evidence-based understanding to the practice of climate change communication. It could be a research paper, a PhD or Post-Doc project - anything that has investigated climate communications.
Who should apply?
Early Career Researchers from around the world who have conducted research in climate change communications within the last three years, and are able to share results from their study. Applicants must be over the age of 18.
We define Early Career Researcher as an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or a researcher who has received their highest degree (Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate) in the past seven years (where applicable, provided parental leave fell within that period, up to one year of parental leave per child may be added).
Judges for the Climate Communications Research Award
Adam Corner is Director of Research at Climate Outreach and Associate Director of the CAST Centre (Climate Change & Social Transformations).
He has published widely in academic journals, and writes regularly for international media including The Guardian and New Scientist magazine.
Roz Pidcock manages Climate Outreach's science communication programme, both in the UK and internationally.
She has a PhD in oceanography and was previously Head of Communications for the IPCC's Working Group I and Deputy Editor of Carbon Brief, a specialist climate change news and analysis organisation in the UK.
Climate Visuals Photography Award
The images that define climate change shape the way it is understood and acted upon. But polar bears, melting ice and arrays of smoke stacks don’t convey the urgent human stories at the heart of the issue. Based on international social research, Climate Visuals provides seven principles for a more diverse, relatable and compelling visual language for climate change.
In this category, we are looking to celebrate the work of a photographer - amateur or professional - who has successfully engaged audiences with climate change and its causes, impacts, and/or solutions.
Photographers will be judged on how well their photography embodies the seven principles of visual climate change communication. The judges will also consider how effectively and widely their images have been published, shared, exhibited or innovatively presented to have impact.
A maximum of 5 photographs can be submitted. However, they will be scored individually. All photographs submitted will be randomised as single images amongst all other entries and entrants before judging.
Who should apply?
Anybody is welcome to apply - professional or amateur photographer. Applicants must be over the age of 18.
Judges for the Climate Visuals Photography Award
Nicole Itano is the new Executive Director of tve.
Prior to that, she was WWF-UK’s Director of Media and Content, headed Save the Children UK’s creative team, and also spent a decade in international journalism where she reported from more than 50 countries for many of the world’s leading media outlets.
Kirstin Kidd is a Picture Editor at the Economist.
She has over 10 years experience working on print magazines, book and online sector. This includes New Scientist Magazine where Kirstin worked on long-term, in-depth picture research, as well as the fast-paced news agenda that required both commissioning and sourcing photography.
Eric Hilaire is the Environment, Science and Global Development Picture Editor at The Guardian.
Previously, Eric lived in Hong Kong, where he began his career as a newspaper picture editor.
Toby Smith is the Climate Visuals Programme Lead and Media Liaison.
He has 12 years experience as an award-winning Environmental Photographer who focuses on building innovative, global stories through collaboration and publication in leading editorial outlets.
Climate Change Communicator of the Year - People’s Choice Award
This is a people’s vote. We’d like to know who you think should be recognised for their contribution to engaging people with climate change. This should be a person who has been in the public sphere in the past year, communicating climate change with the public. This could be a person who is relatively well known, or it could be someone in your community.
How it will work
This competition will happen in two stages:
- In the first stage (which closed on 4 October), we accepted nominations from you, the public.
- The judging panel will now gather all nominations and decide on a shortlist, and make sure the people on that shortlist are happy to be included in this public vote. The public vote will open the week of 14 October. The nominee with the most public votes will win. The winner will be announced at our Awards ceremony in Oxford on 7 November 2019.
- How will the categories be judged?
Each category has its own panel of expert judges. These panels are a mixture of Climate Outreach staff and external judges with expertise in the category’s field.
They will assess applications based on the information included in the application forms and in the short description above for each award.
The judging panel will produce a shortlist, and those on the shortlist will be notified in October. Shortlisted nominees may be asked to provide some additional information. The winner for each category will be decided by one final judging round. Shortlisted applicants will be informed whether they have won or not 1-2 weeks before the event.
- Can I nominate someone for any of the awards?
You can nominate someone for the Climate Change Communicator of the Year People's Choice Award. For the other categories, we require that the individual or organisation who delivered the work be the one to apply. If you know someone who should apply, please do share these awards with them.
- Are these awards international?
Yes, anyone can apply from around the world for the first three awards, and you can nominate anyone from around the world for the Communicator of the Year People's Choice Award. Please note we are keen to not have people fly to our event, and winners who are not fairly local will be able to join us via videolink.
- I can’t attend the Awards Ceremony on 7 November in Oxford - can I still apply?
Yes - if you’ve done a fantastic job at communicating climate change, we want to know about it. Winners will be able to join us in person or via video. The full event will be recorded and available to watch later. We’re asking that people do not fly to our event and expect winners who are not fairly local to join us via videolink.
- What happens if I win but can’t afford to travel to the Awards Ceremony?
We will be able to help towards the costs of attending. Please note we’re asking that people do not fly to our event - winners who are not local will be able to join us via videolink.
- Who has won in previous years?
Nobody - this is the first time we have run these Climate Communication Awards!
- Any other questions about the awards?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Terms & Conditions
Entries will only be accepted through the application / nomination forms linked here.
Information submitted must be truthful and accurate on the time and date you enter.
To enter an award you must be 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
The submission deadline as published is absolute.
We cannot take responsibility for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.
The judges’ decisions will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
By entering, the shortlisted applicants and winners agree to participate in such promotional activity and material as we may reasonably require.
Winners agree to spend their prize on activities related to climate communications, the exact nature of which will be agreed with Climate Outreach.
Winners commit to reporting back on the use of the prize funds and any associated impact within 11 months of the award event.
We reserve the right to amend these terms & conditions at any time.
The Climate Visuals Photography Award has an additional set of T&Cs.
You can view our privacy notice.