CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2016 Rules

Please note by submitting your entry, you confirm that you have read and agree with the below rules.


  1. The Competition is open to African professional journalists, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story which has been made available as a printed publication or broadcast through an electronic medium (television; radio or digital platform) whose primary audience are based in Africa.
  2. All entrants must be an African National and be at least eighteen years of age.
  3. No entry fee is payable.
  4. To continue the development of journalism on the continent, journalists that have been winners in this competition on three or more occasions will be ineligible to enter.
  5. Employees and their immediate families of Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd., (TBSEL), and their respective parent companies, group companies, subsidiary companies and agencies are not eligible to participate in the competition.
  6. Each entry must have been first published or broadcast in African media in 2015. Proof of publication must be submitted with your entry. Images that are available for download on agency websites and have not appeared in African media will not be eligible.
  7. The Competition is held in English, French and Portuguese languages. Entries in other languages are accepted however must be accompanied by full English translation; subtitles or transcript.
  8. Applicants are strictly limited to a maximum of two entries across all categories of the Competition.
  9. In the event of entrants submitting a series of articles, or body of work, this will count as one entry.  However, the entrant must select a maximum of 2 stories that best reflects their work and the content of the series. Sending more than 2 stories from the one series may lead to the entire entry being disqualified.
  10. Entries should be made in accordance with the instructions given on this entry form and must be submitted on, or before, April 4th 2016. After this date, the online entry website will be closed for submissions. No extensions will be made to this closing date.
  11. Supporting documents for your online entry are also to be submitted via the online entry website.
  12. Late, incomplete, illegible and/or fraudulent entries or acts or any other entries or acts which bring or would be likely to bring the reputation of TBSEL and/or MultiChoice into disrepute shall render the entrant ineligible to participate in the Competition and will be disqualified.
  13. You will grant TBSEL and MultiChoice unrestricted, unfettered and irrevocable non-exclusive rights in all works submitted for entry into the Competition (or where such rights are owned by a third party, you shall procure that such third party grants such rights) for TBSEL and/or MultiChoice to use such works in any way it determines in its sole discretion.
  14. The Competition will be judged by a panel of distinguished, independent judges with appropriate knowledge and experience of journalistic practices in Africa. The panel of judges will be determined by TBSEL in its sole discretion and will meet in June 2016. Panel members cannot vote or comment on work entered by their organisation, employees or family members.
  15. Should the quality of entries fall below the standard required, the judges reserve the right not to select a finalist.
  16. The judges reserve the right to transfer entries for consideration in other categories at their discretion.
  17. The judges uphold the integrity and reputation of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 competition and, as such, reserve the right to disqualify any piece of work and/or finalist if, in the judges’ opinion, there exists reasonable doubt about the authenticity and/or accuracy of the submitted entry and/or the integrity of the finalists.
  18. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  19. Categories and sponsors of the awards may be subject to change.
  20. Some categories may be sponsored; however there is absolutely no connection between any sponsor and the judging process. The winners remain confidential from everyone, until the Gala Awards ceremony.
  21. Finalists will be required to sign affidavits of eligibility, confirming amongst other things copyright clearance of all material used in the story and identifying TBSEL and MultiChoice accordingly, and containing releases granting TBSEL, MultiChoice and all sponsors of the Competition, the right to use their names, voices, pictures and work submitted, without compensation, in any media for the purposes of advertising/public relations, media training in journalist workshops and publicizing all matters related to the competition.
  22. You hereby consent that TBSEL may share the information you provide with the distinguished organisations that support the competition.
  23. Journalists selected by the panel of judges will be taken to a finalists’ programme. TBSEL shall pay for and arrange all flights, transportation accommodation and scheduled meals. TBSEL shall also reimburse the finalists for the costs of applying for Visas and any other documentation required for travel, however, all other costs (apart from those highlighted herein and unless advised by TBSEL) shall be each finalist’s sole responsibility. Finalists will be expected to be available for the duration of the programme and participate fully in the calendar of events which are expected to take place on those dates as advised by TBSEL.
  24. Depending on the quality of entries, 14 prizes will be awarded in the categories listed in this entry form.
  25. One of the category winners will be selected as the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016. Subject to compliance with any legal or immigration requirement as necessary, the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Award winner will be offered a return flight and accommodation at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, USA. No cash alternative is available.
  26. TBSEL and MultiChoice reserve the right to substitute any prizes, of reasonably comparable value, in the event that the award prizes for any reason are unavailable. Prizes are non-transferable.
  27. TBSEL, MultiChoice and all sponsors of the Competition disclaim any liability for loss to any person or property relating to the delivery and/or subsequent use of, or participation in, any of the prizes awarded. The winners agree to abide by any and all terms and conditions of the supplier(s) of the prizes. The promoter is TBSEL. For a complete list of finalists please email cnnafrica.competition(at) or visit at the end of August 2016.
  28. TBSEL has the right to refuse entries not complying with the above rules. TBSEL/CNN decision as to eligibility of journalists and/or individual entries not complying with the above rules will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  29. The Competition shall be covered and construed with the laws of England.
  30. You acknowledge that this is only a Competition and the awarding of any prize does not give rise to an employment, agency or joint venture relationship or arrangement between you and TBSEL and/or MultiChoice.
  31. By submitting your entry, you confirm that you have read and agree with these rules.



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