The 8th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards, the annual showcase of the best published agriculture stories and photos as well as broadcast reports, is now open for entries.


The Bright Leaf Awards are given to the most outstanding and relevant agriculture stories in print, radio, and television. It will also honor the most compelling photos that capture the essence of Tobacco farming and the agriculture industry.


Didet Danguilan, project head of the Bright Leaf Awards, is encouraging all professional Filipino journalists residing in the Philippines to join the competition as their way of sharing the successes of farmers through their stories—in whatever medium—to the public.


"Their stories need to be seen, heard and appreciated. The Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards is the best way to achieve that," she said.


The categories for the Bright Leaf Awards are:

  • Agriculture Story of the Year
  • Agriculture Photo of the Year
  • Tobacco Story of the Year
  • Tobacco Photo of the Year
  • Best Television Program or Segment
  • Best Radio Program or Segment
  • Best National News Story
  • Best Regional News Story
  • Best National Feature Story
  • Best Regional Feature Story, and
  • The Oriental Leaf Award. This special award is given to those who have won a Bright Leaf Award in any category for five consecutive years. The Oriental Leaf Awardees become part of an elite group of individuals that comprise the Bright Leaf Hall of Fame.

"We want to highlight the stories that enlighten and inspire our countrymen. This is even more important now because of the recent typhoons and earthquakes that have greatly impacted the agriculture industry.” Ms. Danguilan added, “This is one way to provide some light in what was a very dark time for the Filipino farmer.”


The competition aims to collect a larger crop of entries than any other year by actively reaching out to tri-media practitioners from more agricultural provinces to invite them to submit their articles and photos.

Relevance 25%
Impact 25%
Objectivity 25%
Research 15%
Style 15%
Composition/Relevance 40%
Creativity 30%
Impact 30%
TV and Radio
Relevance 30%
Impact 30%
Research 20%
Objectivity 20%


Who can join?
Open to all professional Filipino journalists residing in the Philippines who are 18 years old and above upon submission of entry.


PMFTC Inc. and Bright Leaf secretariat employees, officials and their relatives up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity are not eligible to join the contest.


How much does it cost?
There is no entry fee required.


What makes an entry eligible?
Only entries published, aired, broadcasted locally from September 1, 2013 until August 31, 2014 will be accepted.
Entries may be in English, Filipino, or any of the Philippine regional dialects.
A contestant can submit as many entries in any category.
No story can be submitted in more than one category.
A contestant can only win in one category.


When do I need to submit my entries?
Submission of entries starts on May 5, 2014.
Deadline for submission of entries is strictly on September 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Keep checking this website for updates.

For more information contact the Bright Leaf Awards Secretariat at:
Call: (02) 697-8110, (0915) 550-8301 or (0918)413-0797