Media Reports on Climate Change in the Himalayas

ICIMOD Competition for Journalists

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organising a competition for journalists with a thematic focus on climate change in the Himalayas. The aim is to capture published media reports and to encourage journalists to write on mountain, and especially Himalayan, issues. Articles and reports on a topic related to climate change and/or its impacts in the extended Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and first published in a printed or online publication between 01 August and 07 December 2009 (the start of ‘COP 15’ in Copenhagen) are eligible for submission.


The general theme of the competition is ‘Climate Change in the Himalayas‘. The newspapers, magazines or journals (in print format or online) in which the article appears will be categorised as follows:
  • International publications: newspapers, magazines, journals published in a country other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan
  • Regional publications: newspapers, magazines and journals published in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan- In either case, the publication itself may be aimed at a sub-national, national, or multinational audience.


  • Best report in a publication in the ‘International’ category (USD 1000); Runner-up (USD 500)
  • Best report in a publication in the ‘Regional’ category (USD 1000); Runner-up (USD 500)
  • Outstanding Regional Young Journalist (USD 1000)
    This entry must be from a journalist living and working in a Himalayan country (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan). Age limit for this category is 29 years at the time of publication.

    Conditions of Entry

    Entries must meet the following criteria:

    • Article/story focus: the report must be related to climate change
    • Geographic focus: Hindu Kush-Himalayan region
    • Form of publication: must be a written article published in a recognised publication in printed or online format
    • Publication: the newspaper, journal, magazine, or other type of publication featuring the entry should be aimed at the general public and properly recognised at international, regional, or national level.
    • Language: English or any other language (if the article is in a language other than English, an English translation must be provided by the contestant)
    • Date: Article first published between 01 August and 07 December 2009

    (Exclusions: Books, research papers, stream media (audio-visual) including blogs, personal and institutional websites, any article published in an ICIMOD publication, or articles published by ICIMOD staff.)

    Who Can Participate?

    The contest is open to anybody from anywhere in the world.

    How to Submit Entries?

    Each contestant may submit up to 4 entries. 
    Please submit your entries, one entry AT A TIME, using the submission form
    or e-mail your entry to

    Entries can be in the form of black & white, or colour digital images (scanned in high resolution JPEG format), where appropriate with an online link, with a clear indication of the publication in which it appeared. Where possible, please also provide the article in word or pdf document format.



    Closing date for submission is 15 December 2009 (the article must have been published on or before 07 December 2009).

    Judgment Criteria

    A panel of judges will select the winners of the cash prizes (winner and runner up in each of the two categories, plus outstanding young regional journalist) and four special mentions based on
    composition, content, originality, and overall effectiveness in conveying the theme and message of the contest.

    The ICIMOD Competition for Journalists Committee reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet the conditions, specifications, or theme/categories of the contest outlined above.


    The winners will be announced on the ICIMOD website in early 2010 with links to or a citation for the winning articles.


    For queries or further clarifications, please write to