Rules of Entry

Journalists from all the 10 Nile Basin Member States are invited to submit entries for the Nile Media Awards 2017 in the following categories; Print (Newspaper, Magazine), Radio, Television, Photography and Digital News Publication.

Competition Theme
The theme of the entries is ‘Nile Cooperation’. On February 22, 1999 Nile Basin countries agreed to cooperate to develop the shared Nile Basin water resources, share substantial socio-economic benefits and promote regional peace and security. This is in addition to jointly addressing challenges, which cannot be tackled by a single country acting alone. To date, all 10 NBI Member States agree that Nile cooperation is not a choice but a must – that it is the best way for ensuring sustainable management and utilisation of their shared Nile Basin water resources in order to maximise benefits and minimise risks and costs.

Articles based on the aforementioned theme with a transboundary perspective focusing on climate change, energy, food and water security, environment and published in the period July 2015 to June 2017, with a strong focus on the human impact, will be accepted. Entries will be in the following languages; English, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi and Amharic. Entries that are not in English should be sent along with a compulsory translation or transcription in English.

Rules of the Competition

  1. Entries should have been published/broadcast/uploaded during the period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017 by a registered and/or authorised media house within the Nile Basin region.
  2. Candidates can only submit one item in a preferred category(ies).
  3. Journalists submitting more than one item in one category will be disqualified.
  4. Only journalists who are nationals of the Nile Basin Initiative Member States, namely Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are eligible to enter the competition.
  5. The competition is open to individuals and not media institutions or organisations.
  6. Entries shall consist of the following:
  • Print: Feature/article of a minimum of 800 (eight hundred) words published in a newspaper or magazine.
  • Radio: Feature of maximum 5 (five) minutes. Upload your file to soundcloud or YouTube, send the link and associated script.
  • Television: Talk show, feature or documentary of maximum 45 (forty five) minutes duration. Upload your file to YouTube, send the link and associated script.
  • Photography: One captioned photograph taken by the entrant depicting a scene in line with the description of the theme.
  • Digital News Publication: A minimum of a 1,000 (One thousand) word article illustrating the effective use of online platforms to communicate Nile Cooperation.
  1. Entries submitted shall be authenticated through a signed recommendation by the Editor of the media organisation which employs the candidate .
  2. An entry shall be valid only if it is submitted through the entry form on the Nile Media Awards website (
  3. Submission of entries opens on May 15, 2017 and closes on August 31, 2017.
  1. Uploaded files should be named as follows: Surname_First Name_Media House_Country (e.g. Doe_John_Radio X_Uganda).
  1. Pre-selection and final selection of the submitted entries for award-giving will be carried out by and the jury; the decision of the jury shall be final.
  2. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in October 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  3. Participants must be 18 years and over to participate.

Respect for Copyrights:

The work submitted by the entrants shall not be used by NBI in any other way other than the intended purpose. To avoid any copyright infringements, NBI shall not print, publish, and/or air any part of the works to be submitted for the competition without the prior permission of the publisher or the media organisation which employs the entrant.

For more information:

Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat

P.O. Box 192 Entebbe, Uganda