Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will be chosen by the judging panel. 

Spirit of Inishowen Award

The Derry Journal's long association with Inishowen goes right back to the first edition of our newspaper in 1772 and this award goes to a person or group from the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal that deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution and for making a significant and positive impact in the community.  In up to 650 words, judges would like you to share some background about the nominated person or group and how they have made positive change in the Inishowen and/ or wider area for the betterment of others.

Outstanding Bravery Award

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and bravery in everyday life. In up to 650 words, please describe how this person has shown courage and bravery, perhaps in a difficult / life threatening situation or how they have overcome real adversity and trauma. 

Sportsperson of the Year

In this award we are recognising the unsung sporting heroes whose teamwork and determination have kept things going. Whether this is an individual or team, in up to 650 words, please describe the sport they are connected to, the impact they have had on others in the team or their sporting peers, how they motivate and support others and ways in which they have improved the overall engagement in their chosen sport.

Business Person of the Year

This category is to recognise the efforts of a business person who has made a difference to their local community. In up to 650 words, please describe how this person has committed to building up their community through job creation, community fundraising/support, mentoring, sponsorship, sustainability or the environment, or other important initiatives for the local area.  

Inspirational Educator of the Year

Do you know someone in education, from Early Years through to Apprentices or Higher Education, who is making a real difference to the young people they work with? In up to 650 words, judges would like to know what makes them stand out as an inspirational educator, how do they engage with the young people and what have been the lifelong benefits for those young people they support in their educational setting.

Community Champion Award

This award celebrates an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community. In up to 650 words, please explain why this person stands out above others, the positive impact they have on the people, the place and the businesses that operate there. This award recognises, encourages and rewards that person who is truly making a difference within their community.

Sports Volunteer of the Year

For those who voluntarily dedicate their time and resources to a club, association or committee, this award recognises how they are a positive role model to others, bringing their knowledge and experience to their role

Carer of the Year

This award will be given to an individual or team who have shown commitment and perseverance in helping provide much needed care, having a positive effect on the lives of those in their care and standing out for how special and dedicated their care giving is

Charity Person of the Year

This award recognises an individual or team who is an ambassador for charity working and a role model for the charity/charities

Inspirational Young Person

We are looking for a young person who is an inspiration to others. In up to 650 words, please explain in as much detail as possible why they should be recognised as Inspirational Young Person of the Year. Perhaps they have overcome great odds or made sacrifices, excelled academically, achieved great sporting success, raised money for a good cause, or provided great support to someone with an illness or battling through a traumatic experience.  No matter what they will be a credit to themselves and a role model for others around them.

Fundraiser of the Year

Charities and CICs will always need support to help raise vital funds for their cause. This award is to recognise those fundraisers who are employed by a charity or CIC. In up to 650 words, the judges would like to understand how this person remains motivated and inspired, even during difficult times, new ideas they have developed and implemented and the results these have had for the charity in raising awareness and/or funds. The winner will clearly be dedicated to the cause, and passionate about the work they do to help others.

Volunteer of the Year

This award is to recognise an individual who continually dedicates their time to help others completely free of charge. Whether they support charities or CICs, the local community or in a school. The  judges want to understand the person behind all their good work, how much time they spend volunteering, the impact they have on the cause, community or organisation and a testimonial from those around them.

Arts/Culture Icon Award

This award recognises the outstanding artistic and / or cultural contribution made by a local person or group in the north west. We all know that vibrant, historic Derry & the wider North West region punches well above its weight in terms of cultural and artistic output. Or City of Culture has been globally recognised for its many unrivalled events such as the Halloween, Jazz, Maritime and St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival festivals, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. There are so many great organisations and artists working locally that deserve recognition so, in up to 650 words, our judges would like to hear all about your nominations for this brand new award.


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