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The winners of the 2014 Awards were announced at an Awards Ceremony held after the UKCSJ on Wednesday 18th June 2014 in London. 

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About the Awards

The ABSW’s science writers' awards ran continuously from 1966 to 2007, with the support of a variety of sponsors.  Over these years the awards became the "Oscars" of science writing, and served as a model for similar schemes all over the world. With support from Janssen Research and Development, the ABSW re-established the awards in 2010 and through Janssen's continued support the Awards are now secure into the future.  The Royal Society, IOP publishing and the Institute of Physics, Good Thinking, NUJ/Stephen White Bequest and Richard Gregory have also supported the Awards enabling additional categories and prize money. 

The ABSW’s awards aim to reward excellence in science journalism and writing and are judged by a panel of highly credible and respected judges.

The ABSW awards for 2014 will be presented at an evening reception on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at the Royal Society, London. 

The 2014 Awards

In 2014 the following awards were open for entry (prize money is given in brackets):

The best feature (£500)

The best news item (£500)

The best scripted/edited television programme or online video (£500)

The Royal Society Radio Prize (£500) (NB: A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast)

The best investigative journalism (£500)

The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context (£500).   This Award is made in memory of Stephen White a highly influential science communicator who sadly died in 2010.   The Award is possible due to a donation from Stephen’s widow Elizabeth.

The best newcomer award (£200) 

NEW FOR 2014

The Good Thinking student science blog award (£200)

The best science blog award (£500)

The IOP student science publication award (£300 winner/£200 runner up). Sponsored by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics.

Lifetime achievement awards are granted in some years by the ABSW Executive Board. There is no cash prize associated with this award.  

2014 Contest Year

All entries must have been first published or broadcast between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 inclusive. Awards opened for entry on Wed 12 February 2014 and closed at midnight on Sun 23 March 2014

Rules and Regulations - click here

Previous Winners - click here

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The 2011 Awards Ceremony in Photos Friday 8 July 2011 (Credit for all images: Fusion - Waterside Studio)

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