The Sandford St Martin 2021 Awards are now closed to entries

The 2021 Awards closed to entries on January 29 2021. Shortlists will be published in mid-March.

In response to the exceptional work and innovation of broadcasters and content-makers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sandford St Martin 2021 Awards includes two new categories. 

In addition to our regular categories for broadcast content that explores religious, ethical or moral themes, entries and nominations are being invited for the Trustees’ Corona Content and Community Awards.

Full details about all our categories and the eligibility criteria can be found by clicking on this sentence.

The Corona Content Award is for broadcast programmes or reports made in the UK that explore coronavirus, the pandemic or lockdown through a religious lens.  This could include news reports, factual programmes, drama or entertainment that examine the role religion(s) or people’s beliefs have played in human experience or response to COVID-19.  Judges will be looking for original storytelling or reportage.

The Corona Community Award is for broadcasting that has supported or maintained religious or belief communities during the pandemic.  This could include broadcast or webcast celebration, worship and events or the use of recorded or live-broadcast video or audio content on a public platform or via social media for training, outreach or ministry.  Judges will be looking for impactful and innovative examples of how people’s personal religious or spiritual needs were addressed or solved in response to COVID-19.

In both categories, the Award is for broadcast media in any format (audio or visual), including one-off/stand-alone or multi-episodic/longer running programmes or projects.

To be eligible for the Awards, entries must be broadcast content made by a UK or ROI based broadcasting organisation or production house, and have been first publicly broadcast, screened or published to a UK audience between January 1 and December 31 2020.

Entering the 2022 Awards

The 2022 Awards will launch in November 2021.  Criteria will be published and submissions will be invited then for programmes or broadcast content first publicly broadcast, screened or published to a UK audience between January 1 and December 31 2021. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and be notified when the Awards open for entries, please contact