|The Motor Sports Association, the national governing body of motor sport in the UK, has already received a number of strong entries for the second Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Writer and Photographer of the Year awards, but is now calling on young contributors to non-specialist publications to join the fray.
Established last year with support from Renault UK Limited, the two awards are designed to recognise and encourage the new generation of motor sport journalists working in UK racing and rallying. The winners not only receive prestigious recognition as talents of the future, but also a cheque for £1,000.
"These awards provide promising young talent with the right kind of encouragement, recognition and support at a crucial time in their developing careers," says Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association. "The specialist press will inevitably make up the lion`s share of the entrants, but we are also hoping for entries from those people contributing to the local press, smaller circulation publications and websites."
A panel of recognised experts from the sport and the media will consider the applications before the eventual winners are announced at the MSA`s `Night of Champions` at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London in January 2004.
"We are looking for a strong and varied entry list this year," confirms Tim Jackson, Press and PR Director, Renault UK. "Renault has been a major force in British motor sport for 30 years and our national Formula Renault and Renault Clio programmes, which have helped discover so many Grand Prix and touring car drivers, underline that commitment. As the most enthusiastic manufacturer in UK motor sport, it seems fully appropriate that we are supporting this initiative."
Candidates must have been aged 25 or under on the 1 January 2003 and be able to demonstrate published work involving UK motor sport. They can come from the local, regional, specialist or electronic media and will be required to submit a minimum of three published articles or photographs from the UK media this year for the judging panel to assess.
Application forms are available from email@example.com or attached to this article.