Entries for the 2020 Local Ireland/National Lottery Media Awards have closed. Awards ceremony will take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone on Thursday 1st October 2020.


  • The competition is open only to newspapers which are registered members of Local Ireland (The Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland) at 31st January 2020.
  • Entries for all nomination categories must have first appeared in the relevant local newspaper’s print or online versions between 1st February 2019 and 31st January 2020.
  • The closing date for entries is Friday 12th June ’20. at 5.00 pm.
  • All pdf/Jpeg entries must be received online at https://www.localireland.info/award-entry. Each pdf must show page folio and entrant’s byline.  In the case of entries for Photograph of the Year category entrants are requested to upload jpegs only.
  • Each newspaper may enter all categories, however journalists may only submit a maximum of two entries each in categories 1-3 and 3 entries in categories 4 and 5. Photographers and advertising departments may submit up to 6 entries in their respective categories.
  • All entries from member titles are free of charge
  • Entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges appointed by Local Ireland.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and the judges will not enter into debate on their selections with anyone.