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At the beginning of the year, we presented the Data Journalism Contest “All Eyes on the Amazon”, as an initiative to encourage the participation of journalists as content creators, to give visibility to the threats faced by Indigenous peoples and local communities in the Amazon, and promote environmental awareness and social impact.

Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the measures taken to respond to it, we adapted the contest to the new conditions of life. Firstly, we extended the application deadline to August 1, 2020, to allow participants to work remotely on their content for the contest.

However, the evolution of the pandemic has required additional adjustments, especially in two aspects; i) the inclusion of a topic suggestion to cover the challenges that COVID-19 has represented for Indigenous peoples in the Amazon; and, ii) the increase of the monetary prizes, replacing a Media Journey to the Peruvian Amazon -event that due to the current situation and the risk that it would mean for the local communities of the Amazon, has been canceled.

We believe this contest is even more important now, as Indigenous peoples and local communities in the Amazon are facing not only historical threats, but also a health emergency that threatens the very livelihood of Indigenous peoples.

That is why, with greater momentum, we invite you to be part of this initiative; to put All Eyes on the Amazon.

Background

In the Amazon, humans and nature are under pressure like never before. The increasing extraction of natural resources, such as wood, oil and minerals, as well as the expansion of soybean, palm and other agro-commodity plantations, and of road, river and hydroelectric infrastructure projects, put significant pressure on the Forest and the people who depend on it.

Indigenous peoples and local communities living in the Amazon are the guardians of the forest. They and their knowledge are key to sustainable protect the forests from deforestation and ecosystem degradation.

All Eyes on the Amazon, a program coordinated by Hivos and Greenpeace, works next to indigenous peoples and local communities in the Amazon of Ecuador, Peru and Brazil to fight against deforestation and ecosystem degradation. We use of technology (drones, GPS, mobile phones, apps) to collect evidence, to act through legal cases, campaigning and advocacy strategies to promote structural change, advocating for the recognition and application of territorial rights and collective settlements of Indigenous Peoples at all possible levels.

In this context, the Data Journalism Contest: All Eyes on the Amazon seeks to encourage the participation of journalists as researchers and creators of content about the different threats and vulnerabilities faced by indigenous peoples and local communities of the Amazon, as well as the importance of their role in the fight against climate change, nature conservation and the preservation of ancestral knowledge.

The contest also aims to potentiate data journalism as a promotion mechanism for environmental and social awareness through the collection of information and data that visualize the importance of the role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in forest conservation and the mitigation of climate change.

Goals

To promote research, analysis and journalistic dissemination to give visibility to the violation of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and their territories’ rights and the relationship with the destruction of Amazonian forests, climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

  • To give visibility to the efforts of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to defend their territorial rights.
  • To sensitize public opinion about the violation of indigenous and local territorial rights, deforestation and degradation of ecosystems on the Amazon.
  • To encourage a data journalism that promotes environmental and social awareness through the collection and analysis of data that demonstrate the importance of nature conservation and the necessary response to the effects of climate change.

Prizes

The first and second place of this contest will be recognized with:

  1. Translation and dissemination of the winning content through the communication channels of the program All Eyes on the Amazon.
  2. A media journey to the Peruvian Amazon *
  3. Monetary prize of:
    1. st place: 2500 US dollars
    2. nd place: 1500 US dollars
    3. rd place: 750 US dollars

* The media journey has been canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, since it represents a risk for the communities that inhabit the Peruvian Amazon. Instead, we have increased the monetary prize.

In case that the winning work belongs to a group, the monetary prize will be given in full, for distribution at the discretion of the group.

Topics

  • Protection against the violation of indigenous rights and territorial rights.
  • Agreement of Escazú, transparency and access to environmental justice and protection of environmental defenders.
  • Use of technology for the protection of territories, nature conservation and biodiversity.
  • Deforestation and degradation generated by extractive / agroindustrial activities near indigenous territories, communal reserves, peoples in voluntary isolation and protected natural areas.
  • Innovative stories and strategies of young people and / or intergenerational dialogue with indigenous and local adults of the Amazon for territorial, forest and human rights protection.
  • The role and relation of women in territorial protection of Amazonian forests and safeguard of indigenous rights.
  • Defending the Amazon during COVID-19: challenges, strategies and initiatives.

Requirements                                       

Journalists, journalistic teams, opinion leaders, and bloggers who are currently practicing the journalism profession in the Latin American region, working in national, regional or international media and have had publications in any media outlet can participate.

The work submitted must comply with the following characteristics:

  1. To be an original piece,
  2. To be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English,
  3. To have been written and published from February 26th and August 1st.

The following formats are considered eligible (must meet at least 01 of the formats):

Printed: chronicles and / or written reports, published in a print media
Digital: chronicles and / or written reports, published in an online media
Photo Reportage: visual records, published in print or online media

Evaluating criteria

The work will be evaluated over 100 points, distributed as follows:

25 points: quality of the text
20 points: approach and treatment of the topic
15 points: use of data
10 point: human rights approach (individual and collective rights)
10 points: gender approach
10 points: ability to sensitize public opinion
10 points: multiplicity and quality of sources

Work submission

Work must be submitted through this form and will include:

  1. Name of participant/s
  2. Media that presents the work/ in which the participant/s currently work/s (linked to presented material).
  3. E-mail
  4. Social network
  5. Place of origin of participant/s
  6. Title
  7. Date of publication
  8. Media outlets in which it has been published
  9. Abstract (no more than 350 characters)
  10. Main sources
  11. PDF file of the work
  12. Two copies of the pages of the newspaper, magazine or website where the work has been published and the link to access the publication (if any).
  13. Media outlet authorization (in which the piece was published) to participate in the contest
  14. Disclaimers

Application forms, guidelines and instructions

As of the launch
date (February 26th), guidelines, schedules and instructions can be found at https://america-latina.hivos.org
and www.alleyesontheamazon.org

Schedule

February 26th: Launch

April 22th to May 14th: Webinar Series "Defending the Amazon during COVID19"

August 1st: New Deadline

August 15th: Winner notification


*Due to the measures taken worldwide responding to the health alert of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we made the decision to cancel our face-to-face sessions in Ecuador and Peru. In their place we hosted a Webinar series, on late April. Its recording can be found here.

**We've extended our application deadline to August 1st, 2020 00:00 (GMT -5)

Results

The winners of the
contest will be notified via email. In addition, the list of winners will be
published on the official social networks of Hivos Latin America, Hivos
Amazonia and on the Web pages https://america-latina.hivos.org/
and www.alleyesontheamazon.org             

In case of doubts or questions the participants can consult the Q&A or get in touch with nsanchez@hivos.org.