Global Energy Prize’s International Media Competition Opens


Energy of Word Award for best coverage of energy related issues is launched to journalists worldwide

6 FEBRUARY 2012, LONDON, UK – Journalists and media organisations from around the world can from today submit their stories for the annual Energy of Word Award. The competition was established by the organisers of the Global Energy Prize, one of the world’s most respected awards in energy science. The Energy of Word aims to reward those who have written an illuminating story on the energy challenges faced worldwide or any scientific innovations which provide new energy efficiencies.

Published stories can be submitted in any language online via the Global Energy Prize website. The process takes only a few minutes and candidates can apply by following this link: http://www.globalenergyprize.org/en/request/pen/new.

Stories are evaluated for their depth, objectivity, style, and relevance to the global society. This includes articles, opinion pieces and interviews published in journals, magazines, newspapers and online titles. The story does not need to reference the Global Energy Prize or any of its sponsors, and may have been published at any time between 1 March 2011 and 5 February 2012. Entries must be in by 6 April 2012 and the winner(s) will be announced the following month.

The winner will receive a week-long all-expenses paid trip to St Petersburg, Russia this June and will take part in the Global Energy Prize’s Laureate’s Week as a special guest. The prize also includes an invitation to attend the Global Energy Prize’s awards ceremony, which is presided over by the President of Russia and the opportunity to carry out an exclusive interview with the new laureate of the Global Energy Prize for 2012.

Last year the Energy of Word attracted entries from 39 countries in 20 different languages. The award was shared by two journalists: Kambiz Foroohar of Bloomberg Markets (USA) and Terry Macalister of The Guardian (UK). The winners were presented their certificates and accolades at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum by the Global Energy Prize’s 2011 Laureates Dr. Philipp Rutberg (Russia) and Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld (USA).

Terry Macalister says:

“It was a great boost for me getting the prize for writing about the impact of oil exploration off Greenland, and being in St. Petersburg during the International Economic Forum was a good opportunity to meet top business leaders from the West as well as Russia. The background seminar sessions were also particularly useful.”

Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld, Global Energy Prize Laureate 2011 comments:

“I was honoured to present the award to the winners of the Energy of Word. We live in an age where we are faced with many challenges relating to using energy more efficiently and quality journalism plays a huge role in understanding these challenges. The Energy of Word award recognises those who are able to make sense of sometimes complicated developments in the energy sphere, and communicate them to the wider public in a stimulating manner.”

About Hanns-J. Neubert

Hanns-J. Neubert is a freelance science journalist. He is member of the board of the German science writers TELI, where he has been chaiman from 2001 to 2013. He served EUSJA between 2004 and 2012 as Vice-Preisident and President.