This year’s theme is media freedom and the competition kicks off on 1 March, with a deadline of 31 May. Four categories are open to contestants between the ages of 18 and 30: photography, video, radio and print journalism. Winners will be invited to Strasbourg to receive their cash prize of €1000 at a ceremony during the June 2010 session of the Parliamentary Assembly.
This year’s theme is inspired by one of the most important articles of the European Convention of Human Rights – article 10 (*). Without a free media and plurality of opinion, democratic societies can no longer exist. Yet contemporary media are under threat from violence against journalists, attempts at government control, concentration of ownership of media outlets, dwindling
standards in press freedom and the surge of the internet as a source of instant news.
The Award is organized by the European Youth Press in collaboration with the Council of Europe.