The Sandford St Martin 2021 Awards are open for entries

Including two new categories for Broadcasting in the Time of Corona

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 will include 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.

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.

All entries or nominations must have been first published, screened or broadcast between January 1 and December 31 2020.

How to enter

For details of how to register your entry and the full criteria for all the categories click on this sentence

In addition to being entered for either the Corona Content Award or the Corona Community Award, programmes can enter one of the Awards regular categories:

  • TV/Video
  • Radio/Audio
  • Journalism
  • Children’s Broadcasting.

If you are not a programme/content-maker but would like to nominate someone else for an award, you can fill in or down load a nomination form here.

If you have any queries please contact

Entries for the 2021 Awards will close at 5pm on Friday 29 January 2021.