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Journalism Awards for Excellence 2021

The 23rd Edition of the Journalism Awards for Excellence 2021, jointly organized by The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka (TEGOSL) and the Sri Lanka Press Institute was held on Tuesday, 13 December, 2022 in the Empire Ballroom of the Mt. Lavinia Hotel. The Chief Guest of the event was Sunday Island Editor Mr. Manik de Silva and was also graced by many prominent journalists and media professionals.

Over fifty awards and merit certificates were presented in appreciation of the outstanding service of the journalists for the year 2021. An independent panel of judges comprising media practitioners and academics picked the recipients in the three language streams – Sinhala, Tamil and English. Lifetime Achievements were presented to Mr. Daya Lankapura, Mr. A. D. Ranjith Kumara, Mr. P. Manikavasagam, Mrs. Chitra Weerarathna, and Mr. P. B. Elangasinha for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Sri Lankan media.

The Winners at the Journalism Awards for Excellence 2021 are as follows:

Mervyn De Silva Journalist of the Year

Winner

Mr. Supathum Asiri Fernando – The Sunday Morning

Merit

Mr. I. Robert Antony, Joint Merit – Virakesari Daily

Mr. Kasthuri Arachchige Sumudu Chamara, Joint Merit – The Morning

 

Scoop of the Year

Not Awarded

 

Best Health Care and Medical Reporter of the year – Sinhala

Winner

Ms. Illankoon Arachchilage Sureka Nilmini Illankoon – Silumina

Merit

Ms. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Harshani Dilrukshi Dissanayake – Sathi Aga Aruna

Best Health Care and Medical Reporter of the year – Tamil

Winner

Ms. Mohamad Hussain Fathima Husna – Thinakkural

Merit – Not Awarded

Best Health Care and Medical Reporter of the year – English

Winner

Mr. Kasthuri Arachchige Sumudu Chamara -The morning

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Sports Journalists of the Year – Sinhala

Winner

Mr. Prince Gunasekara – Dinamina

Merit

Mr. Subasinghe Arachchige Chathura Indrajith Subasinghe – Aruna

Sports Journalists of the Year – Tamil

Winner

Mr. Ehamparam Ravivarmah – Thamilan

Merit – Not Awarded

Sports Journalists of the Year – English

Winner

Mr. Anjana Kalhara Kaluarachchi – Ceylon Today

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Business Journalist of the Year – Sinhala

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Business Journalist of the Year – Tamil

Winner

Mr. I Robert Antony – Virakesari Daily

Merit – Not Awarded

Business Journalist of the Year – English

Winner

Ms. Madhusha Thavapalakumar – The Sunday Morning

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Prof. K Kailasapathy Award for reporting under special Circumstances – Sinhala

Winner – Not Awarded

Merit

Mr. Thisari Nadesh Athukorala- Irida Lankadeepa

Prof. K Kailasapathy Award for reporting under special Circumstances – Tamil

Winner

Mr. R. Ramkumar – Virakesari Weekly

Merit – Not Awarded

Prof. K Kailasapathy Award for reporting under special Circumstances – English

Winner – Not Awarded

Merit – Not Awarded

 

B A Siriwardena Columnist of the Year – Sinhala

Winner

Mr. Kapila Kumara Kalinga – Deshaya

Merit

Ms. Harshinie Pushpamala Arachchige – Lanka

B A Siriwardena Columnist of the Year – Tamil

Winner

Mr. Abdul Raheem Abdul Fareel – Vidivelli

Merit

Mr. Sivalingam Sivakumaran – Virakesari Weekly

B A Siriwardena Columnist of the Year – English

Winner – Not Awarded

Merit

Mr. Dilshani Palugaswewa – Ceylon Today

 

Subramaniyam Chettiar for Reporting of Social Issues

Winner

Mr. Olanga Arachchige Sampath Ishara Rathnakaraa – Aruna

Merit Joint

Mr. Vadivel Shakthivel, Joint Merit – Tamil Mirror

Mr. Kasthuri Arachchige Sumudu Chamara, Joint Merit – The Morning

Upali Wijewardena Feature Writer of the Year – Sinhala

Winner

Mr. Hewarathnage Tharanga Rathnaweera – Irida Divaina

Merit

Mr. Saman Priyankara Nammunige – Mawbima

Upali Wijewardena Feature Writer of the Year – Tamil

Winner – Joint Winner

  1. Mr. Sivalingam Sivakumaran, Joint Winner – Virakesari
  2. Mr. Robery Antony, Joint Winner – Virakesari

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Upali Wijewardena Feature Writer of the Year – English

Winner

Mr. Kasthuri Arachchige Sumudu Chamara – The Morning

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Investigative Journalist of the Year

Winner

Ms. Hewa Fonsekage Piyumi Kanchana Fonseka – Daily Mirror

Merit

Mr. R. Ramkumar – Virakesari Weekly

 

Denzil Peiris Young Reporter of the Year

Winner

Ms. Muthuthanthrige Heshani Amandika Cooray – Anidda

Merit

Ms. Tharushi Weerasinghe – The Sunday Times

 

Best Environmental Reporter of the Year – Sinhala

Winner

Mrs. K. Subashini Chandima Jayaratna – Silumina

Merit

Mrs. Reka Tharangani Fonseka – Lankadeepa

Best Environmental Reporter of the Year – Tamil

Winner

Mr. Muththu Marikkar Mohammed Marlin – Thinakkaran

Merit – Not Awarded

Best Environmental Reporter of the Year – English

Winner

Ms. Faadhila Thassim – Ceylon Today

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Best Designed Newspaper of the Year – Sinhala

Winner

Design Team – Silumina

Merit – Not Awarded

Best Designed Newspaper of the Year – Tamil

Winner

Design Team – Thinakkural

Merit – Not Awarded

Best Designed Newspaper of the Year – English

Winner

Design Team – Weekend FT

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Cartoonist of the Year – Sinhala

Winner

Mr. Wijenayake Pathirana Prasad Hasantha – Aruna

Merit – Not Awarded

Cartoonist of the Year – Tamil

Winner

Mr. Amaraperumage Namal Madhushanka Amarasinghe – Tamil Mirror

Merit – Not Awarded

Cartoonist of the Year – English

Winner

Mr. Amaraperumage Namal Madhushanka Amarasinghe – Daily Mirror

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Photojournalist of the Year

Winner

Mr. Eshan Fernando – The Sunday Times

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Best News/Feature Using RTI – Sinhala

Winner

Mr. Arachchilage Gedara Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa – Silumina

Merit – Not Awarded

Best News/Feature Using RTI – Tamil

Winner

Mr. Karuppaiya Prasanna Kumar – Thinakkural

Merit – Not Awarded

Best News/Feature Using RTI – English

Winner – Not Awarded

Merit – Not Awarded

 

Best Designed News Website – Sinhala

Winner

www.lankadeepa.lk

Merit

www.aruna.lk

Best Designed News Website – Tamil

Winner

www.metronews.lk

Merit

www.mithran.lk

Best Designed News Website – English

Winner

www.dailymirror.lk

Merit

www.ft.lk

 

Sepala Gunasena Award for Defending Press Freedom in Sri Lanka

Not Awarded

 

  1. R. Wijewardene Award for Earning the Recognition of Peers and the Public

Mr. D. B. S. Jeyaraj

 

 

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