2023 Sigma Awards for Data Journalists Worldwide

Deadline: January 19, 2023.

Striding into its fourth year, the Sigma Awards celebrates the best data journalism from around the world. It’s also here to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.

The Sigmas application process is easy. The no-category rule gives you more opportunities and fewer constraints to have your journalism recognized. 


  • Entries must be for work published in calendar year 2022 (between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022)
  • Entries have to be submitted via our online form.
  • Entries have to be received by January 19th, 2023 at 11:59pm ET, to qualify.
  • Applicants can enter as many projects as they want.
  • Entries have to specify if they qualify as a large or a small newsroom or as an individual, where applicable. Small newsrooms are defined as those with 35 or fewer journalists (including regular freelancers/contractors), or equivalent (eg, two half-time freelancers count as one person.)
  • Organizations that do not qualify under this definition but who believe they belong in the small newsroom category may petition for an exception by sending a letter from the editor-in-chief explaining his or her rationale to Marianne Bouchart, executive director at marianne@sigmaawards.org.
  • Collaborative work has to be entered as a large newsroom.
  • Entering organizations grant The Sigma Awards the right to use their material in their entry, including the organization’s name and logo, on The Sigma Awards website and other marketing material around the awards.
  • 2022 has been another special year for all members of the data journalism community, and we expect to receive a large number of entries tackling the COVID-19 pandemic or the Russia-Ukraine war. However, we’d like to specify that all data journalism projects, regardless of their topics, can be entered into the competition.


  1. The judges appreciate short, concise, and well-curated entries that pare the work to its essentials.
  2. Great data collection and analysis in the service of journalism, ideally shining a light on facts and issues of public interest that would otherwise not be known
  3. Great storytelling and engagement with strong visual and interactive elements of (ideally) that kind of reporting
  4. Great public service, either in reporting/analysis of key issues or in terms of empowering communities to discover important information for themselves
  5. Great innovative ideas that will likely move the field forward.


A US$5,000 cash prize will be split among winners. Winning participants will also be flown to Perugia, Italy to attend and take part in the International Journalism Festival 2023.


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