Our Watch Awards Frequently Asked Questions

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Where do I find the entry forms?

There are not hardcopy entry forms. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

How do I submit an entry?

To submit your entry, visit www.walkleys.com and follow the online prompts. At the end of the online submission process, you will be sent a confirmation email, which you must print, sign and send back to the Our Watch Awards c/o The Walkley Foundation, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016.

If you have large files that cannot be uploaded or a link can not be provided you must also send a copy of these on usb.

What do I need to submit my work for an Our Watch Award?
You’ll need information such as your contact details and the details of your entry – the category you are entering, the title of the piece, the program, digital platform or publication it appeared in, the date of broadcast/publication, and the piece’s duration.

How long does the online entry process take?
You should allow approximately 20-30 minutes to complete the entry form online. Your progress will not be saved if you close your awards entry before it is finished, so please ensure you allow enough time to complete your submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email after pressing submit your entry has not gone through.  Do not leave it to the last day to make your entry, as high demand on the website can lead to the process taking much longer.

When is the closing date for entries?
Entries close midnight Saturday July 7, 2018

Who is eligible for an Our Watch Award
The Our Watch Awards are open to all journalists and media organisations for work addressing violence against women, and produced in Australia between July 8, 2017 through to July 7, 2018.

What are the entry requirements?
Entries are limited to items produced in a media capacity and representing a commercial or independent media individual/body.

Is there a fee for entering the awards?
Entry for the Our Watch Awards is free of charge.

Who can enter a media piece to the Our Watch Awards?
All entrants must be Australian citizens, permanent residents or journalists residing in Australia working for an Australian media outlet. Entry into the Our Watch Awards is self-nominated.

How many entries can I submit?

  • Entrants are allowed to submit the same entry into any three categories either as an individual or team entry. Entrants must complete a new and separate submission for each award category.
  • Each entrant may enter only once in each category the exception is with team or joint entries.  In this instance you may submit up to two entries per category.  That is: one single entry and as a member of a team or joint entry. 

Do I have to include an Entry Statement?
Yes – entrants must include a statement (up to 300 words) to accompany their piece. This may include the aims of the piece, how/why it was developed, its impacts, and/or anything else you feel is relevant for the judges to consider. You may find it helpful to refer to the Judging Criteria. 

Do I need to have the entry form authorised?
Yes, for copyright and authorisation reasons we require a declaration from your employer or commissioning company to submit your work for the awards. Once your entry is submitted online, an automated email will be sent to your Editor/Employer to authorise your entry to the 2018 Our Watch Awards. 

I’m self-published, what do I do to verify the work?

Self-published entrants should provide relevant URL links and where possible, verification of the work’s authenticity. If you are verifying your own work you must make this clear to the judges in your supporting statement.

What do I need to do if my work has been challenged?

All entries must declare any legal complaints, defamation actions, contempt of court actions, suppression orders, challenges to the accuracy, corrections or claims of plagiarism, relevant to the work at the time of entry. This does not disqualify the entry but is important for the judging process that this is declared

What if there was payment made to obtain part of the work?

Entrants must declare if the creation of the work involved payment for information or an interview.

How are the Our Watch Awards judged?
The entries are judged on journalistic merit; with emphasis on promotion of community awareness and understanding of all forms of violence against women, and inspiring community interest and action.

The judging panels are created to reflect the diversity of topic, medium and style being reviewed.

When will the winners of the 2018 Our Watch Awards be announced?
Winners are announced at the awards ceremony in Sydney in September 2018. Winners work, judge’s comments and photographs of the ceremony will be available at www.walkleys.com after the ceremony.

Who attends the Our Watch Awards Ceremony?
Attendance is by invitation only.


  • For media resources including reporting guidelines CLICK HERE
  • For information about the National Media Engagement Project CLICK HERE
  • For facts and figures including infographics about violence against women CLICK HERE