Applications now open


The Joint Organising Committee – The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press Institute-of the 23rd Edition of Journalism Awards for Excellence 2021 has commenced calling for applications under 17 categories.

Of the 17 categories for print media journalists, seven categories will be awarded one prize each for any of the three languages–Sinhala, Tamil, or English. They are: Mervyn de Silva Journalist of the Year, Investigative Journalist of the Year, Scoop of the Year, Denzil Peiris Young Journalist of the Year,Best Designed Newspaper of the Year, Photo Journalist of the Year, and Subramaniam Chettiar Award for Reporting on Social Issues.

The balance 10 categories will be awarded one prize each for the three languages – Sinhala, Tamil, or English. They are: Best Health Care and Medical Reporter of the Year, Environmental Reporter of the Year, Sports Journalist of the Year, Business and Finance Journalist of the Year, Cartoonist of the Year, B.A.Siriwardene Columnist of the Year, Prof. Kailasapathy Award for Reporting under Special Circumstances,Best News or Feature using RTI, Upali Wijewardene Feature Writer of the Year, and Best News Website. Applications are available on: and or at the Sri Lanka Press Institute, 96 Bernard Soysa Mawatha (Kirula Road), Colombo-5 during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Monday to Friday.

Applicants are instructed to submit three Application Forms along with one set of newspaper clippings or certified copies of the original by the editor of the newspaper, not more than 10 and not less than five of their work, for each category between  1January 2021 and 31 December 2021.

The closing date for receipt of Applications is 20 August 2022.