The Sigma Awards 2023 Rules
Entries for the 2023 competition are now close. Participants had until 19 January 2023 at 23:59 ET to enter.
The Sigmas application process is easy. The no-category rule gives you more opportunities and fewer constraints to have your journalism recognized.
When entries are open, just submit your work by filling our online form and our Jury and Prize Committee of international experts will take care of the rest. That’s it.
You don’t have to think about what category to enter a piece of work in or figure out whether it has a better chance in this category or that category. Just send in the work.
Why do we do this? We find categories restrictive and so 2020. We want to be able to reward your great work in the best way possible. So the jury members will decide on the best work overall and come to a consensus on how to divide the US$5,000 cash prize.
We’ve always set ourselves the goal of being language-agnostic, and thanks to the support of the Google News Initiative, the application form for this year is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French, Arabic, Ukrainian and Chinese. Entries in other languages need to fill the application form in Englis and provide as much translation as possible in order for our Jury to fully appreciate your work.
If participants want to be considered for a portfolio or a Young Talent prize, they just have to specify that on the online form and we’ll take note of it. A portfolio or Young Talent entry had to include no more than 10 examples of work, to be added via the link section of the application form.
Here are the criteria for the Sigma Awards 2022:
- The judges appreciate short, concise, and well-curated entries that pare the work to its essentials.
What we’d like to see:
- Great data collection and analysis in the service of journalism, ideally shining a light on facts and issues of public interest that would otherwise not be known;
- Great storytelling and engagement with strong visual and interactive elements of (ideally) that kind of reporting;
- Great public service, either in reporting/analysis of key issues or in terms of empowering communities to discover important information for themselves;
- Great innovative ideas that will likely move the field forward.
About nominating a project
All entries have to be entered by their author(s) or someone explicitly nominated by the author(s) to enter on their behalf. However, people can and are encouraged to nominate their favorite data projects via Twitter by posting a link with the hashtag #SigmasNominations. Our team members do their best to reach out to the authors and get them to enter the competition.