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Award Categories


The Call for Nominations for the 2020 Defence Media Awards is open. These are a distinct set of awards celebrating the very best in defence journalism and publishing.


The Award categories are as follows;


Best Young Defence Journalist - sponsored by NAMMO

Best Training, Simulation and Readiness submission - sponsored by CAE

Best Defense Aviation Submission -

Best Breaking News Story - available for sponsorship

Best Land Systems submission - sponsored by Northrop Grumman

Best Technology Submission - sponsored by L3Harris

Best Naval Systems submission - sponsored by Northrop Grumman

Best Un-manned systems submission

Best Military Rotorcraft submission - sponsored by Elbit Systems of America

Best Digital Defence submission (including video reports, podcasts and online news reports)

The John Morrocco Award for Best In-Depth Defense Reporting

- sponsored by Boeing

The Outstanding Achievement Award - sponsored by Lockheed Martin



Deadline for Nominations

The closing date for nominations is Friday 10th July 2020


The 2020 Defence Media Awards will be presented at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on the 11th of October.  This will be the third presentation of these awards and promises to be a spectacular occasion.


All Nominations for articles should be for work published between June 2019 and May 2020


How to make a nomination

Please submit your entries in the following way:

•Name of nominee

•Title of article or publication being nominated and Award category

•Key reasons for nomination – no more than 100 words, please explain why the person, article or publication you are nominating deserves to be recognised

•Attach articles and supporting documents as pdf or word files


Submit all nominations to [email protected]  

Please ask for a confirmation of receipt for all submitted nominations



Nominations are limited to 1 entry per category, in the event of a nominee being nominated twice for the same category the nominee will be asked for their preference as to which nomination goes forward for judging.


The reason to limiting nominations to one per category is two fold. Firstly it is to ensure the judges are presented with the very best work. Secondly on previous occasions, when two nominations per category were allowed, this sometimes resulted in the judges votes being split between the two nominations and the nominee losing out when the total scores were compiled.


If you have any questions call  + 44 (0) 1362 860061 or email [email protected]  




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Award Sponsors

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Official Charity

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