Award Categories


Contribution to Arts & Culture Award

  1. outline the contribution/ initiative and its achievements to date
  2. show how it invites and encourages the sharing of heritages
  3. demonstrate how it has inspired cultural activities
  4. show where innovative collaboration has taken place
  5. describe how it shares its artistic abilities and talents with others in the community

Inspirational Young Talent Award

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Entrants must be under 30 years of age at the time of closing date
  1. briefly describe the nominee’s ‘talent’
  2. how do they stand out from their peers
  3. summarise their strengths and special qualities
  4. show how they have made a recognisable contribution to the activity they are involved with

Volunteer of the Year

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(voted for by Derry Journal readers) You are asked to nominate a volunteer (person in a non-paid role) who fulfills the criteria below • Nominees will then be listed in the Journal and readers asked to vote for their favourite to win • The Derry Journal reserves the right to shortlist the nominations if necessary • Only those votes to win received on genuine voting forms will be accepted. Photocopies not allowed
  1. how have they gone the extra mile and are an asset in everything they do
  2. how have they made a marked difference to someone’s and/or community life
  3. how are they an ambassador in their volunteering effort

Charity Worker of the Year

(any person in a paid or non-paid role)
  1. demonstrate how the nominee is an ambassador for charity working
  2. show how they are a role model for the charity/charities they work for
  3. outline their fundraising accomplishments

Community Development Person of the Year

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  1. how does the nominee make a difference in their community/ with their peers
  2. how have they assisted in innovating partnerships between businesses and the community
  3. how do they build communities, demonstrate commitment and embody outstanding citizenship

Carer of the Year

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(any person in a paid or non-paid role)
  1. show the nominee’s commitment and perseverance in helping provide much needed care
  2. what positive effect have they made to the lives of those in their care
  3. describe what makes their care special and how their dedication makes them stand out

Inspirational Educator of the Year

  1. describe how this person is truly exceptional in their teaching & how their leadership or mentoring has inspired & captured the imagination of their students (of any discipline)
  2. how do they help develop the skills and enthusiasm their students need to make a positive difference in the worl
  3. include evidence of success and achievement in their field of expertise

Business Person of the Year

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  1. briefly describe the nominee’s career and their ambitions for the future
  2. demonstrate how this person stands out from their peers
  3. summarise their main business achievements, strengths and qualities
  4. illustrate how the individual has driven growth through outstanding results, encompassing all disciplines in business, by the development and use of a creative and successful business strategy

Sports Volunteer of the Year

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  1. briefly describe how this volunteer dedicates their time and resources to the club, association or committee
  2. outline how they are a positive role model to others
  3. illustrate the expertise and knowledge they bring to their volunteering role

Martin McCrossan Tourism & Hospitality Award

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This award is to recognise an individual or team who, through their activities, has demonstrated outstanding achievement in championing the cause of tourism & hospitality in the Derry City & Strabane area, through innovation, promotion and campaigning.  Nominees will be judged against the following criteria; how innovative their activities are, how original their actions are, how great an impact they’ve had, how inspirational their drive is, and how their actions have brought the area’s tourism to the attention of a non-local audience in a positive way

Sports Person of the Year

  1. describe how they have made a positive impression in the world of sport & how their actions have captured the public's imagination
  2. outline their achievements to date
  3. illustrate the strengths & qualities they bring to their sport

Outstanding Bravery Award

(voted for by Derry Journal readers) • You are asked to nominate a person who fulfills all of the criteria below • Nominees will then be listed in the Journal and readers asked to vote for their favourite to win • The Derry Journal reserves the right to shortlist the nominations if necessary • Only those votes to win received on genuine newsprint forms will be accepted. Photocopies not allowed.
  1. a member of the public, any age, who has shown courage in the face of adversity such as dealing with an unexpected difficult or unpleasant situation or finding themselves in unprecedented challenging circumstances
  2. describe how they showed true grit and strength of character
  3. how has this person been the embodiment of ‘the good samaritan’ or shown dedication and a true zest of life despite themselves suffering personal trauma

Emergency Services Hero of the Year

Nominees for this award will be frontline service members of staff who have done something to really improve the lives of the service users they work with. Examples include: fire, ambulance, police, coastguard, health professionals etc; ie anyone who works directly with members of the public to deliver an emergency service
  1. demonstrate how they work with respect, integrity and initiative
  2. show how they maintain professionalism in the service they work in
  3. illustrate how they are proud to serve the people of Derry City & Strabane
  4. describe their integrity and selfless dedication to duty

Special Recognition – Lifetime Achievement Award

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This award recognises an Individual or Team who has/have made an exceptional contribution within the local community over the years (a) give an outline of the recipient’s career (b) show how they have stood out from their peers (c) illustrate their achievements to date and how they were outstanding in their field