CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
In recognition of the life and courage of so many activists that have been struggling and even given their lives for the continued struggle of sexual and gender minorities around the world, the TEDDY AWARD has established the annual TEDDY Activist Award.
Inspired by the work of these activists, the award will recognize the leadership of individuals who strive to uphold the rights of sexual and gender minorities using visual media.
The award seeks to celebrate the courage and resilience of individuals who advocate for change in challenging circumstances and unsupportive policy environments.
Through visual and audio media, they communicate queer themes on a broad social level, contributing to tolerance, acceptance, justice and equality in society. In many parts of the world this means putting yourself and the ones around you in danger, facing rejection, marginalization, isolation and persecution.
The TEDDY Activist Award will be presented annually during the TEDDY AWARD Ceremony. The award will be accompanied by a one-time grant of € 5.000 donated by Harald Christ.
All applications must be submitted to the award coordinator by the deadline: 10 January 2020.
The award recipient will be informed by January 17 and will be invited to accept the award at the annual TEDDY AWARD Ceremony.
Selection Criteria and Procedures
An individual can nominate oneself or be nominated by an organization familiar with the nominee’s work. Nominations should be submitted in English. Nominees will be assessed according to the following five key criteria:
- Proven leadership in promoting the rights of sexual and gender minorities through visual and audio media;
- Evidence of commitment to issue;
- Demonstrated courage in overcoming obstacles;
- Ability to inspire and be an example to others; and
- Pioneering approach to work.
In addition, the nominations will be assessed according to the potential for the award to:
- Strengthen the nominee’s efforts; and
- Enhance visibility and public awareness.
Nomination Guidelines and Form
An individual can nominate oneself or be nominated by an organization familiar with the nominee’s work. Nominations should be submitted in English. A complete nomination submission must include the following:
- A nomination form completed by individual or organization;
- Two (2) letters of support from organizations familiar with the nominee’s work; and
- Three (3) references from people who can discuss nominee as an individual.
Completing the Nomination Form
To submit an award nomination, a nomination form must be completed. Please read the nomination guidelines carefully and complete all sections. All sections must be completed.
Provide the name and contact details of the nominee (person being nominated to receive the award).
If this is not a self-nomination, provide the organization, contact person, and contact details of the person submitting the award nomination.
Attach the two (2) letters of support from organizations familiar with the nominee’s work. Provide the organization, contact person, and contact details of the supporting organizations.
Provide the name and contact details of three (3) references who can discuss the nominee as an individual. References may only be contacted if nominee is short-listed for the award in mid-November. No more than one reference should be a family member.
Provide a brief biography of the nominee (maximum 250 words)
Provide a further narrative about the nominee utilizing the headings to explain how the nominee fulfills the award criteria (maximum 250 words each)
For any questions please contact the award coordinator Samanta Sokolowski by email: samanta.sokolowski (at) teddyaward.org