The 2011 International Street Paper Awards took place on Friday 22 July, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.
Established in 2008, the International Street Paper Awards were created to celebrate the achievements of independent street papers and their contributions to social justice, both on a local and global scale.
International Network of Street Papers is a Glasgow-based charity that supports 112 papers sold on the streets, such as the Big Issue, in 40 countries including the UK. This year’s awards ceremony took place during INSP’s 16th annual conference and was hosted by investigative journalist and academic Dr. Eamonn O’Neill.
The award for Best Feature Story went to Denver VOICE with ‘The Resolute Shepherd’ written by Jacob Ripple-Carpenter. The Best Cover award went to Kupfermuckn with ‘Social benefits body scanner’. Award three was the ‘Best Interview’ category and One Step Away’s Jose Espinosa was announced as the winner with his interview ‘Fighting Back’. Asphalt with ‘Trapped Nations’ claimed the award for Best Photograph, whilst Sebastião Nicomedes from OCAS took home the award for Best Vendor Essay for ‘Before the cold hurts…”
A double award was presented for ‘Best Design’, shared between Megafon, from Norway, with their ‘2010 Year Book’ by Juuni Elizabeth Wathne and The Big Issue in Scotland and Wales, with their Annie Lennox Issue by Mark Neil and his team.
The penultimate award in the ‘External Press’ category was won by O Trecheiro, from Brazil, with ‘Hiding from death’ by Alderson Costa, and the final award of the evening for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ was given to Canadian publication L’Itinéraire.
To find out more about the INSP and the International Street Paper Awards, please click here.
[img|jpg|Group photo of winners]