Wilbur Awards Seek Nominations

WASHINGTON, DC – The Religion Communicators Council is seeking nominations for the annual Wilbur Awards recognizing excellence in communicating religious issues, values, and themes produced by the mainstream media.

Wilbur Award categories include newspapers, editorial cartoons, magazines, photography, books, television, radio, feature films and Web-based communications. Entries are being accepted through February 1, 2008. Details and entry information are available at www.religioncommunicators.org.

Last year's winners in the newspaper category for photography were Andrew P. Blackburn, Marty Heisey, and Richard Hertzler of the Lancaster New Era for "Lost Angels: The Untold Stories of the Amish School Shootings."

This year’s Wilbur Awards recognize outstanding work performed in 2007. Entries are eligible if released or distributed through non-religious medium or general circulation during the year. The work entered must be intended for general public consumption, with full or partial production and/or funding by the medium of distribution.

Recipients will be honored April 5 at the Wilbur Awards banquet in Washington, DC.

The Wilbur Awards started in 1960 and are named for Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in the field of religious public relations. The highly regarded competition is judged by media professionals in a jury process.

Entry and nomination forms are online here.

Additional information about the Wilbur Awards is available by contacting Scott Collins at Buckner International in Dallas, TX, at [email protected].