The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, the EU’s flagship journalism award is open for application.

The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize recognizes and honors the work of journalists from around the world which shed a light on the most pressing global challenges.

The European Commission calls on journalists reporting on issues relating to inequality, poverty eradication, sustainable development, environment, biodiversity, climate action, digital, jobs and employment, education and skills development, migration, healthcare, peace, democracy, and human rights to apply.

Reporters can submit written, audio-visual or multimedia work in one of the following categories:

  • International Prize: reporting published by a media outlet based in one of the European Union’s partner countries.
  • Europe Prize: reporting published by a media outlet based in the European Union.
  • Best Emerging Journalist Prize: reporting by a journalist aged under 30 at the time of publication and published by a media outlet based in any of the countries eligible for the International and Europe Prizes.

Applications are open to reporting in any language but should be accompanied by a translation in one of the competition languages: English, French, Spanish, German, or Portuguese. A Grand Jury of internationally renowned journalists and representatives from key non-governmental organizations from around the world will choose the winners in each category.

The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize Community brings together like-minded individuals and entities who share a passion for the issues covered by the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize. Gathering past winners, Grand Jury Members, strategic regional partners, and ambassadors, the Community grows with each edition of the Prize.

The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is a recognition of quality journalism and the vital role that journalists play in society. Through their stories, we can gain a better understanding of the complex world. They shed light on structural problems, and their reporting is often the first step in correcting injustices.

The Prize commemorates the former Vice-President of the European Commission, Lorenzo Natali, who contributed significantly to the promotion and furthering of European development policies. His spirit has been kept alive through the Prize for the last three decades by celebrating journalists whose stories inspire change. The Prize was first launched by the European Commission in 1992.


Lorenzo Natali was a Commissioner for Development and a staunch defender of freedom of expression, democracy, human rights, and development. He served three terms as one of Italy’s European Commissioners.

Natali played an important role in the EU accession process of Greece, Spain, and Portugal. He also helped enact key measures to combat pollution and improve living conditions across Europe. In his final four-year term as Commissioner, from 1985 until 1989, he was handed responsibility for cooperation and development policy in the Commission under President Jacques Delors. It was in this capacity that he set up a broad network of relations with the governments and leaders of African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries.


  • Each winner will receive €10 000.
  • The winner of the Best Emerging Journalist category will be offered a work experience with a media partner along with the prize.


  • Submissions can be made in written, audio-visual, or multimedia (such as photo-reportages, interactive articles with charts, and infographics) formats.
  • Entries must have been published or broadcast between 10 March 2022 and 9 March 2023.
  • All entries provided must be freely accessible (not behind a paywall) via an online link.
  • The Prize admits submissions in all languages accompanied by a translation in English, French, Spanish, German, or Portuguese when these are not the original languages of the reporting.
  • For text-based entries, the length limit is 2,300 words. Video and audio entries can be up to 30 minutes long.
  • The location of the media outlet where the reporting was published determines the geographic eligibility of the application. The outlet’s office must be based in an eligible country.
  • Submitted reporting can have one or several authors.


  1. The participants must be the authors and holders of the copyright and the moral rights of their work.
  2. Entries in languages other than English, French, Spanish, German or Portuguese will only be evaluated on the basis of the translated texts.
Eligible Regions: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Arab Republic of Egypt, Argentine Republic, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy, Commonwealth of Dominica, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Eastern Republic of Uruguay, Falkland Islands, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Federal Republic of Somalia, Federated States of Micronesia, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Federative Republic of Brazil, French Polynesia, French Republic, Gabonese Republic, Georgia, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Hungary, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Independent State of Samoa, Ireland , Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Italian Republic, Jamaica, Kingdom of Belgium, Kingdom of Bhutan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Kingdom of Denmark, Kingdom of Eswatini, Kingdom of Lesotho, Kingdom of Morocco, Kingdom of Spain, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Thailand, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kingdom of Tonga, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanese Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Montserrat, Myanmar/Burma , New Caledonia, Niue, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, Pitcairn Islands, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Portuguese Republic, Republic of Angola, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Austria, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Benin, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Burundi, Republic of Cabo Verde, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Chad, Republic of Chile, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Croatia, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Djibouti, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of El Salvador, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Fiji, Republic of Finland, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Guatemala, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Republic of Haiti, Republic of Honduras, Republic of India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Liberia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Malawi, Republic of Maldives, Republic of Mali, Republic of Malta, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Nicaragua, Republic of Niger, Republic of Palau, Republic of Panama, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Peru, Republic of Poland, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Senegal, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of Sierra Leone, Republic of Slovenia, Republic of South Africa, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Suriname, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of the Congo, Republic of The Gambia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Tunisia, Republic of Uganda, Republic of Uzbekistan, Republic of Vanuatu, Republic of Yemen, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zimbabwe, Romania, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Slovak Republic, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Solomon Islands, State of Eritrea, State of Libya, Syrian Arab Republic, Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, Togolese Republic, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Union of the Comoros, United Mexican States, United Republic of Tanzania, West Bank And Gaza

Application Process

  • Application has to be made through the official online form available at the apply link.

Application Deadline: April 28, 2023 (38 Days Remaining)

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