- Journalists were awarded through the inaugural Uganda Conservation Media Awards
- They were recognized for their exceptional reporting about wildlife conservation
Uganda Wild Life Authority in conjunction with Wild Aid awarded journalists for their outstanding role in wildlife conservation.
Journalists were awarded through the inaugural Uganda Conservation Media Awards which aim at, encouraging motivating, and inspiring to produce the best in conservation reporting.
In this year’s edition over 10 journalists were recognized for their exceptional reporting on wildlife conservation under several categories including community conservation, wildlife crime, wildlife protection, habitats, and environment among others.
Speaking at the awarding ceremony, Sam Mwandha the Executive Director for UWA identified the awards as a testament to the potential of the media to drive conservation.
"The stories, photographs, and documentaries that grace our newspapers, radios, television screens, and websites serve an educative role and a powerful reminder of the urgent need to protect our natural world”, Mwandha said.
Simon Denyer the Africa Program Manager for WildAid applauded UWA for such an initiative noting that awarding journalists will inspire more in conservation reporting.
“This was a great opportunity to reward high-quality media content, we believe wildlife and environmental issues are reported increasingly and better” Denyer stated.
Denyer who was also among the judges revealed that the competition attracted over 100 journalists from several media houses, however, a few from New Vision among other media houses emerged as the winners.