International Citizen Media Award 2015

Publish Date: Jul 13, 2015

Deadline: Sep 30, 2015

About International Citizen Media Award 

The International Citizen Media Award 2015 intends to honor tremendous international work in the field of citizen media and its products in the categories VIDEO and AUDIO that have been created by private, non-commercial producers.

The award distinguishes the dedication of citizens of all countries and their audiovisual products and their reporting concerning locally, regionally, globally and socially relevant topics.

15 years ago the European community of states disbanded the aims of the Millennium Development Goals. For these aims a deadline until 2015 was set. Therefore now the findings and proceedings are being evaluated and new aims for the next years will be set.

The European Union assesses this year to be especially suitable to discuss the European development assistance and the position of the EU as well as its member states considering global development and sustainability policy.

The European Parliament and Council declared the year 2015 to be the “European Year of Development”. The topic of this year’s Citizen Media Award was chosen parallel to the slogan of the year 2015. Citizen media make people from all over the world more sensitive for a global association and an active engagement.

With the announcement and choice of this topic, the supporters and sponsors of the Award want to inspire citizens to produce and broadcast TV and radio products concerning the topic “Sustainable Development”.

Thereby, the focus is on the topic, the quality of the medial implementation, the authenticity, the pertinence of research and the originality. The characteristics of the productions get adequate consideration by the jury.


  • 1000 € prize money
  • trophy
  • certificate
  • 300 € prize money
  • trophy
  • certificate
  • Participation in an international media camp
  • trophy
  • certificate
3rd place
  • 300 € prize money
  • trophy
  • certificate
Producers: single participants, groups, associations, civil initiatives, school classes and especially producers, actors and editorial teams in the field of citizen media work, resident in any location outside of Germany
Only one product per producer
Production period: between 1st of October 2014 and 30th of September 2015
Duration: No product should be longer than 20 minutes
Language: English
Non-English Products in both the video and audio category must include an English transcript or, in case of a video product, English subtitles.
Deadline: 30th of September 2015
Date stamp applies. Letters, e-Mails or uploads sent after this date won’t be considered
at least SD resolution (PAL/NTSC) File container: .wav, .mp3 or .ogg
Recommended file container: .mp4 or .mov Data Rate: at least 192 kbps
Recommended codec: .h264 Sample Rate: at least 44100 Hz
Recommended bit rate: at least 4000 kbps  
Recommendations for subtitles:
  • Arial (font), white with black margin
  • maximum of 2 lines per subtitle (page), centered


Evaluation and Usage

The jury consists of experienced experts in the different media categories. A preselection will be made by experts of the supporters. of the prize winning products for the awards show happens under exclusion of ordinary legal proceedings.

With the application of the producer the supporters gain all rightsconcerning the presentation of the segments in front of a public, the jury and a dissemination via citizen media channels or in the framework of project meetings. In addition to that, the products can be used for academic research, trainings, etc. and can be repeatedly shown and used in clips.
The producer has to take care for that he owns all rights of his product before and that the product does not harm other persons’ rights. The producer has to feel obliged to free the supporters from damages which can result of the dissemination of the products.

The supporters bear no costs in these cases. In addition to that the supporters have the option to not assign prizes in single categories or just singular complimentary prizes in concerned categories, if the participation numbers are too humble.

The winners of the International Citizen Media Award will be awarded on December 12th 2015 in the framework of an intercultural event taking place in the Bürgerhaus Bennohaus. The award show will take place in the scope of this event.

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