Articles must have been published in print or on-line between 19 July 2010 and 24 July 2011 and participants may be asked to provide proof that the article has been published. Articles should be at least 3,800 characters in length but must not exceed 20,000 characters.
Prizes will be awarded to journalists who have contributed the most in helping people understand health issues, as well as reflecting expectations and thoughts of patients and health workers. There will also be a special prize for the best article on "stopping smoking."
The overall winner will receive a cash prize of 6,000 euro (£5,273), with 2,500 euro (£2,197) awarded for second place and 1,500 euro (£1,318) for third place.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, 24 July 2011.
One finalist from each EU member state will be selected by a national jury composed of journalists and public health experts and chaired by the European Commission. An EU jury will then select the overall EU winner and runners-up, as well as the special prize winner, from among the finalists.
The 27 national finalists will be invited to Brussels at the beginning of 2012 for a media seminar on EU health issues.
- Participants to the competition must be nationals or residents of one of the 27 EU member states and aged 18 or over.
- A maximum of 2 articles can be submitted per participant and team submissions are accepted as long as the team does not exceed 5 people.
- All articles must be in one of the official languages of the EU and have been originally published in either a print or online media outlet.
The complete set of rules can be found on the competition website
Last year's first place was awarded to two Italian journalists, Gianluca Ferraris and Ilaria Molinari, writing for 'Panorama'. Their article "Stealing Hope " drew attention to "healing clinics" that offer expensive, but unproven, therapies to vulnerable patients suffering from chronic diseases.
Deborah Cohen and Philip Carter were the UK finalists for their joint article "WHO and the pandemic flu conspiracies" , which was published in the British Medical Journal.
For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.
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