The Sigma Awards 2021 for Data Journalists worldwide (US$5,000 cash prize)

Application Deadline:February 1st, 2021

The Sigma Awards is a competition to celebrate the best data journalism from around the world. Striding into its second year, it’s also here to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.

The international data journalism community is facing many challenges, and we want to support them. This year’s Sigma Awards will be about highlighting the very best data journalism done about the pandemic (and building an international database record of such projects), but also those covering other topics such as politics, sports, or the environment.

We want to bring together a community, and support those working with data, whether it’s on COVID-19 — because that’s one of the priorities for our community at the moment — or on any other subject.

Sigma Awards 2021

  • To highlight the very best data journalism being done around the world, putting a real focus on those tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. A multitude of compelling projects tackling COVID-19 have been released over the past few months, in all regions of the world. We want to celebrate that great work, share it with our community and get journalists to get inspired and learn from each other’s projects;
  • To build a community that endures beyond the awards themselves;
  • To set up webinars, chats and gather online resources tackling the real urgent issues met by journalists today
  • .To use the awards as a way to unite, galvanise and expand data journalism communities around the world. Core to this project is The Sigma Awards team’s ambition to ignite collaborations and discussions between members of our community.


  • Entries must be for work published in calendar year 2020.
  • Entries should be submitted via the online form.
  • Entries must be received by February 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm ET, to qualify.
  • Applicants can enter as many projects as they want to the competition.
  • Entries should specify if they qualify as a large or a small newsroom or as an individual, where applicable. Small newsrooms are defined as those with 35 or fewer journalists (including regular freelancers/contractors), or equivalent (eg, two half-time freelancers count as one person.)
  • Organisations that do not qualify under this definition but who believe they belong in the small newsroom category may petition for an exception by sending a letter from the editor-in-chief explaining his or her rationale to Marianne Bouchart, executive director at [email protected].
  • Collaborative work should be entered as a large newsroom.
  • Entering organisations grant The Sigma Awards the right to use their material in their entry, including the organisation’s name and logo, on The Sigma Awards website and other marketing material around the awards.
  • 2020 has been a special year for all members of the data journalism community, and we expect to receive a large number of entries tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we’d like to specify that all data journalism projects, regardless of their topics, can be entered in the competition.


  • A US$5,000 cash prize will be split amongst the winners. The latter will also get a certificate and speaking opportunities in our online events.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Sigma Awards 2021


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