The contest ran between February and May of this year and attracted nearly 90 submissions – articles and video reports produced, published, and broadcast during the period July 2014 - May 2015. Out of 90 submissions, 27 received awards from the jury and were selected for publication on Telekritika’s website.
The 6-member jury, which comprised journalists, professors and ecologists, also awarded each of the three main winners.
Oleksandr Chornovalov, a Radio Liberty reporter, won the contest’s first place trophy. His investigation exposed illegal privatization of forested lands on a total of 890 hectares in Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The story goes back to 2002, when the Bucha local council deliberately changed the status of forested lands to “public and residential area”, which led to a number of unlawful dealings.
The second prize went to Iryna Fedoriv, a journalist and editor-in-chief of “Pry-Irpin Community”, for a series of articles on protecting the Bilychi forest park. For her leadership in protecting the forest near Kotsiubynske, about 20km from Kyiv, Ms. Fedoriv received a special prize in the 2014 contest, while in 2011 she earned first place.
Third place was awarded to Eugenia Motorevska, an ICTV Channel reporter, for her exclusive investigation titled “Corrupt millions earned in illegal logging”. Her TV program exposed kickbacks in forest sales.