Winners of environmental journalism competition awarded by Germany
Today, 24 October, winners of the All India Environmental Journalism Competition under three categories – Print, Web and Photos – were awarded at the opening of the IFAT India fair in Mumbai. The competition was organised by Germany's development agency GIZ, the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India and the Third Pole, in cooperation with IFAT India and DW Akademie, and under the patronage of the German Embassy, New Delhi.
ICLEI South Asia, and Maharashtra Environmental Engineering Training and Research Academy, Nashik also supported this initiative.
The winner in the print category is Nivedita Khandekar, for her article, “Can’t afford another paradise lost”, published in the Hindustan Times, New Delhi edition on 20 November, 2012. The second prize in the print category goes to R Samban for his article, “And quiet flows to death”, published in the Malyalam daily Deshabhimani on 4 May, 2013.
In the web category, the winner is Navya PK for her article, “Mantri’s 72 acre project encroaching Rajakaluve: IISc Report” published in http://banaglore.citizensmatter.in on 31 May, 2013. Shailendra Yashwant wins the second prize for his article, “Saving Sikkim’s Shangri La” published in http://infochangeindia.org/ on 1 August, 2012.
Enlarge image The award-winners with the Deputy Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt (centre) (© Messe München) Chinky Shukla wins the first prize in the photos category for her photo essay, “The Wasteland” published in Governance Now, Noida on August 1, 2012.
The winners were awarded by the Deputy German Ambassador to India, Cord Meier-Klodt, at the opening of the IFAT India fair on 24 October. Speaking at the award ceremony, Meier-Klodt said, "India recognizes the need for sustainable solutions and a balanced economic growth. But the issue needs support of key opinion makers." He lauded the role of media in imparting knowledge and creating awareness about environmental issues.
IFAT India 2013, being held from 24 - 26 October at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai, is the first India edition of IFAT in Munich, the world’s largest environmental technology trade fair. The fair will now be an annual event in India and aims at providing an excellent international platform, to showcase the full range of environmental technologies and services from domestic as well as international exhibitors.