HARVESTING THE BEST OF THE BEST

 HARVESTING THE BEST OF THE BEST
New year is a time to turn a new leaf – a bright new leaf.
This year’s Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards, the annual showcase of the best
published agriculture stories and photos as well as broadcast reports, is now
open for entries from Filipino journalists residing in the Philippines.
The Bright
Leaf Awards are given to the most outstanding and relevant agriculture stories in
print, radio, and television.  It will
also honor the most compelling photos that capture the essence of Tobacco
farming and the agriculture industry.
Didet
Danguilan, project head of the Bright Leaf Awards, is encouraging all
professional Filipino journalists residing in the Philippines to join the
competition as their way of sharing the successes of farmers through their
stories—in whatever medium—to the public.
“Their
stories need to be seen, heard and appreciated. The Bright Leaf Agriculture
Journalism Awards is the best way to achieve that,” she said.
The
categories for the Bright Leaf Awards are:
  • Agriculture Story
    of the Year
  • Agriculture Photo
    of the Year
  • Tobacco Story of
    the Year
  • Tobacco Photo of
    the Year
  • Best Television
    Program or Segment
  • Best Radio Program
    or Segment
  • Best National News
    Story
  • Best Regional News
    Story
  • Best National
    Feature Story
  • Best Regional
    Feature Story and
  • The Oriental Leaf
    Award.  This special award is given
    to those who have won a Bright Leaf Award in any category for five
    consecutive years.  The Oriental
    Leaf Awardees become part of an elite group of individuals that comprise
    the Bright Leaf Hall of Fame.
“We
want to highlight the stories that enlighten and inspire our countrymen.  This is even more important now because of
the recent typhoons and earthquakes that have greatly impacted the agriculture
industry.”  Ms. Danguilan added, “This is
one way to provide some light in what was a very dark time for the Filipino
farmer.”
The
competition aims to collect a larger crop of entries than any other year by
actively reaching out to tri-media practitioners from more agricultural
provinces to invite them to submit their articles and photos.
Participation
in The Bright Leaf Awards is free of charge. Entries should be published, aired
or broadcast locally between Sept. 1 2013 and August 31, 2014. Contestants can
submit as many stories in any of the categories but no story can be entered into
more than one category.
Entries
may be in English or any of the Philippine regional dialects.  For entries that are not in English,
participants are required to provide an English translation.
For entry forms and more information, please visit www.thebrightleafawards.com or contact
the official Bright Leaf secretariat at (02) 697-8110, (0915) 5508301 or (0918) 4130797 or email
secretariat@thebrightleafawards.com.

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