2 August 2013

2013 International Street Paper Awards - the winners

The winners of the 2013 ‘International Street Paper Awards’ were announced last night at a ceremony in Munich on the final night of INSP's 2013 annual conference. The awards highlight the outstanding, independent editorial achievements of street papers; and their contribution to social justice.

Best Cover
Ten awards were presented in total, across nine different categories. Winners were presented with hand-made made awards created by Glasgow Wood Recycling – a social enterprise that offers volunteering and training as a way of tackling poverty and social exclusion. The winners were:

  • Best Feature Story – Writing for social impact:
    'Storm about the Shelters' by Ryan Gallagher, The Big Issue in the North (UK)
  • Best Cover – Making a statement on the street
    'Face to Face' by Lisa Mansfield, The Big Issue Australia
  • Best Interview – A spotlight on change-makers
    'Mayoral Candidate Conversations' by Andrew Krinks, The Contributor (USA)
  • Best Photograph – Evoking deeper perspectives on poverty and injustice
    'In the Bathtub' by Helga C. Theilgaard, Hus Forbi (Denmark)
  • Best Vendor Essay – A fresh perspective from the street
    'Our daily bread' by Andrea Hoschek, Apropos (Austria)
  • Best Design – Effecting change through visual content
    'Christmas book 2012' by Dimitri Koutsomytis, Anlov Peter Mathiesen and Svein Johan Reisang, =Norge (Norway) and  'The Diamond Jubilee Edition' by Mark Neil / The Big Issue UK design team, The Big Issue UK (joint winners)
    Best Photo
  • Special Award for External Press – Advocating for the needs and rights of homeless people
    'Special Report – Homeless Banker hits rock bottom' by Jonathan Owen, The Independent on Sunday (UK)
This year, for the first time, two new awards categories recognised street papers for their effectiveness as social enterprises and their work in supporting homeless people. The judging of the ‘Social Enterprise’ and ‘Social Development’ categories was supported by PwC - a leading supporter of social enterprise in the UK. The winning street papers were:
  • Social Development Award – Innovation in vendor support: The Big Issue Australia
  • Social Enterprise Award – Business success for social good: =Norge
The final award of the evening went to The Big Issue South Africa for Outstanding Contribution to the International Street Paper Movement. The Big Issue South Africa leads the way for sustainable street paper development on the continent, supports colleagues in other African countries and also supports the development of INSP as an organisation. 

INSP Executive Director Lisa Maclean said of the awards: “The International Street Paper Awards are a real celebration of the diversity of our member street papers around the world. Street paper editors, journalists, designers and photographers work hard every day to report on important issues and create first-class magazines and newspapers for their vendors to sell. It’s great to have the opportunity to celebrate and reward these efforts and remind the world what street papers are there to do."

For more information about all the finalists, click here.