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    29 August 2005

    The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) announces the final deadline for entries for its

    2005 Journalism Prizes for UN Coverage and for the UNCA/Ranan Lurie Prizes for Political Cartoons

     $48,000 in Journalism Prizes

    (Re-issued as received.)

    United Nations
    New York NY 10017
    August 2005

    NEW YORK, 26 August (UN Headquarters) -- The UN Correspondents Association invites media worldwide to submit entries for its Tenth Annual UNCA Awards for best written and electronic media coverage of the United Nations, its agencies and field operations, and for the Fifth Annual UNCA/Ranan Lurie Award for Political Cartoons.

    There are no entry fees of any kind for submissions.

    The UNCA Awards include the $10,000 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for written media (including online media), the $10,000 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast journalism, and a $10,000 prize for any entry in any medium that best covers the humanitarian and development aspects of the UN and its agencies.

    The awards are made possible by the generous support of the UN Foundation, Antena 3 TV of Spain, The Boston Globe, and UNCA itself.

    Secretary General Kofi Annan will present the prizes at the UNCA Awards Dinner at UN Headquarters in New York, 2 December 2005.  The deadline for entries is 22 October 2005.

    The UNCA/Ranan Lurie awards for political cartoons are $10,000 first prize, $5,000 second prize, $3,000 third prize and ten honourable mention plaques.

    Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the United Nations, died while on assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

    Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, was one of the leading Spanish journalists of his generation who was shot on mission, in Haiti in 2004.

    The judges will look for similar qualities in entries for the UNCA Journalism Awards

    • The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world.
    • Work in print, internet, radio or TV between 1st August 2004 and September 31st 2005 covering the UN and its agencies in whatever capacity. The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will take into account the courage and assiduity of the journalist. Investigative work is welcome.
    • Entries not in one of the official languages of the UN should have a translation into English or French, and video entries should be in VHS (preferably NTSC) format. We particularly welcome entries from outside the USA and even more so from developing world media.
    • A written transcript assists judging of radio and TV entries.
    • Multiple or joint entries will be accepted.

    Internal entries, or those arriving through UN pouch should go to UNCA-Awards 2005, UNCA, United Nations, New York NY 10017, USA (tel +1 917 907 2445).

    Mail, Fedex, registered or couriered packages should be sent to:

    Ian Williams, Chairman, UNCA Awards Committee, 333 East 30th Street,  #10J , New York,  NY 10016, USA (tel +1 212 686 8884) and scanned or email entries to .

    Check  for details, results and lists of previous winners.

    UNCA/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards 2005

    These awards are open to political cartoons printed in any publication published anywhere, in any language from July 30th 2004 to  31 July 2005. The entry must consist of a reproduction only of the cartoons, as published, with name of publication and date included, accompanied by a newspaper reprint, and translated into English. Exhibits are limited to two cartoons per individual. Reproductions must measure no more than 9 x 12 inches or 20 x 27 cms.

    Successful entries will reflect the importance of human dignity, mutual respect and friendship between nations, as well as economic and environmental responsibilities towards each other. Winning cartoons will be chosen for their ability to enhance, explain and even help direct the spirit and principles of the U.N.

    For full details and entry from, please check the website, , which has full details including entry forms and rules.

    Entries must be submitted to

    The UNCA/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award

    Trump Tower, 721 Fifth Ave, Suites 53A/53H, New York, NY 10022

    Telephone +1 212 980 0855 (for courier use only)
    By Fedex, Couriered or Registered Envelopes.

    Deadline: 1 October 2005

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