The IAWRT Awards have been an integral part of the IAWRT International Biennial Conferences since 1994. Mette Janson, Norway and Christina Ruhnbro, Sweden, planned and coordinated the first Awards up to 2003. Gerd Inger Polden, Norway took over as coordinator from 2005 until 2015.
The coordinator from 2017 will be a volunteer from our membership and is yet to be determined.
In the first year, the competition was limited to TV documentaries, but after 1997, Awards were granted also for radio documentaries. In 2013 two new categories were added, webcast video documentary and webcast radio documentary. Honorable mentions were awarded in each category.
In 2017 a the IAWRT Awards were again modernized. Rather than presenting awards by traditional formats they will be in three areas; Social Impact, Innovation and Emerging Talent.
To secure a broad representation within the two respective juries, IAWRT members have been chosen from all continents. It was also decided that a representative from the hosting country of the conference should act as the chair for the jury.
The Awards bring a capacity building element to our membership by strengthening relationships and keeping our members informed about advances in our respective fields. They offer a unique opportunity for critical dialogue and viewing for the jury members who then make a presentation to conference participants. The IAWRT Awards are a critical aspect of professional development at the conferences. Each conference concludes with an AWARDS ceremony and banquet, which is one of the highlights of the conferences.
The Awards work is facilitated and sponsored by FOKUS, the Forum for Women and Development, and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.