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The Sport Media Pearl Awards, a distinction that marks a new path to sports journalism
An annual ceremony that celebrates the best of sport journalism, a necessary and deserved recognition for professionals from all over the world.
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n a tough year, marked by the scandals of corruption in FIFA and the cover-up of doping in the IAAF, sports journalism found a reason to smile: the irruption of the Sports Media Pearl Awards, a necessary and deserved recognition for the profession's quest for excellence. AIPS (International Sports Press Association) and Abu Dhabi Media efficiently teamed-up for this lovely first edition, that took place in the luxurious Hotel Jumeirah, with an Oscars-style ceremony. In fact, in several countries, these awards were described as "the Oscars of Sports Journalism". Yao Ming, Alessandro Del [...]

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[...] Piero and former athletes such as Jonathan Edwards and Donna de Varona were present, but this time, journalists were the ones lifting the trophies. Sport recognition tends to be confined to athletes and players, leaving sport storytellers - those who bring the exciting world of sport to the ordinary enthusiast – underappreciated.

Over 700 participants took place of SPMA's first edition. Writing (Best column and Best colour piece), Photography (Action and Emotion), Video (Action and Documentary) Audio and Weblog were the chosen categories, that had three finalists specially invited to Abu Dhabi by the organising committe. On top of that, special mentions included A life in sport, Investigation, App and Sport for a better world. A really varied and interesting menu, besides a round table to discuss the current scenario of the professiona and the challenges that will come in the future. 

The pearl is a fundamental symbol of the heritage of Abu Dhabi: pearl diving was a key aspect in their emerging economy. Now, the pearl is also the greatest goal for a sports journalist.  

The Sport Media Pearl Awards, managed by AIPS and hosted by Abu Dhabi Media, is a new platform for the celebration and development of sport media excellence among key industry practitioners and enthusiasts around the globe. The awards seek to become the most significant international accolade across every platform for achievement in sport storytelling.

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