When future historians come to consider the last year and are seeking a summary of what Big Questions were exercising humankind, a good starting point would be the list of this year’s awards recipients. Racial justice, Black Lives Matter, the economic colonisation of developing nations, (inter)cultural identity and, of course, COVID all figure – so too do love, family, community, reconciliation, resilience and joy! And it was this potent mixture and what it says about the human spirit in these unprecedented times that inspired and vitalised our judges this year.
Reflecting on this, the Chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, the Rt Revd Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon said: “During a year when so many of us were stuck in one place, great broadcasting played a critical role. This year’s winners have all helped audiences to engage with and experience the world, creating space for us to share in a public conversation about values and what it’s like to be alive today.”
You can read more about this year’s winners and runners-up below.