Celebrating the best in Property Journalism

Property Press Awards 2021 Categories

The Property Press Awards celebrate the sector’s finest journalistic achievements, recognising outstanding talent across the media spectrum. The 18 categories cover residential and commercial property, overseas property, mortgages, interiors, sustainability and more. This year includes a Special Achievement Award for outstanding writing on the property sector and the pandemic. The evening is capped with the announcement of the Property Journalist of the Year 2021.

Award categories

PROPERTY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 2021

Sponsored by Knight Frank

The category of Property Journalist of the Year is not open for entries. The coveted title of Property Journalist of the Year is awarded to the entrant who accumulates the best final positions across all judged Award categories.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Property Writing During the Pandemic

Sponsored by Walter Cooper & Co

What we are looking for

The repercussions of the pandemic on the property market have been profound on every element of the property sector, from residential brands to commercial players and of course from buyers to sellers. The future is still uncertain yet there is light on the horizon. Untold column inches have been dedicated to the impact of COVID-19 on the industry – so how has your writing stood out? How have you tackled this once-in-a-lifetime experience? With human interest stories? Or with disruptive dialogue? Taken the long view? Or drilled down to the money maths?

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PROPERTY TRADE MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Ballymore

What we are looking for

The Property Trade Magazine of the Year will be awarded to a print or online publication that consistently delivers the inside track on the industry and is considered an essential read. How well does it serve its audience? Does it publish great exclusives? Is it well written, well laid out, informed and authoritative?

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PROPERTY BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by FTI Consulting

What we are looking for

We are looking for an outstanding staff or freelance journalist who inform the informed about commercial property. Do you get to the heart of commercial property matters? Do you break stories and present them in a way that gets your readers hooked? You work must be compelling, not only to the business-orientated reader but to the general reader too, and must demonstrate a highly detailed understanding of the commercial property market.

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INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Lucas Fox

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What we are looking for

Do your property interests sometimes lie beyond these shores? Is your overseas property writing wide-ranging and original? Do you break property stories from around the world with an eye on impact, detail and analysis? You can be a staff writer or freelance, work in print on online media – as long you demonstrate an independently-minded approach, are well-informed in your sector and write compelling copy.

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CONSUMER MORTGAGE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Skipton Building Society

What we are looking for

Our judges are seeking the outstanding staff or freelance consumer journalist who engages and informs their readership about the complex issues surrounding mortgages. You have no truck with jargon, possess an encyclopaedic knowledge of the myriad mortgages available and are a consumer champion at all times! On top of this you always deliver with flair and originality!

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REGIONAL PROPERTY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Barratt Developments

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What we are looking for

Are you the oracle when it comes to everything to do with local property? Is your passion unusual or under-the-radar local property? Perhaps your reporting keeps local planners and developers in check? Are you the consumer champion that local readers turn to in order to stay informed about their housing market?

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PROPERTY STAFF JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Strawberry Star

What we are looking for

We are looking for an outstanding staff journalist who consistently engages their audience on property matters. Do you consistently demonstrate the ability to cover property news with an original slant? Are you known for securing exclusive interviews or content? Or do you deliver features that amuse and amaze? Whatever your focus, our judges are looking for a writer whose take on property keeps their publication’s readership informed, educated or entertained.

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NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Strutt & Parker

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What we are looking for

Our judges are looking for tomorrow's household name in property journalism – possibly a future property editor. Entrants will be up to 3 years into their journalistic career and are beginning to see their writing published regularly by leading media titles.

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PROPERTY FREELANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Elevate PR

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What we are looking for

The Property Freelance Journalist of the Year will be an outstanding journalist who writes regularly for some of the UK's leading media titles. Have you secured exclusive interviews or won access to interesting or unusual properties? Have you demonstrated the ability to cover property news with originality? Or are you a features writer that wins readers for your publications with each new story they publish. Judges will look for writing that informs, probes, amuses, or otherwise gets to the heart of property.

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GARDEN JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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What we are looking for

Do you cover the ‘gardens aspect’ of property in the media titles you write for – possibly for property supplements, consumer magazines, newspapers or online/broadcast media? Do you cover gardens with the sort of flair and originality that hooks in even the least green-fingered reader? Do you write about creative and inspirational gardens or innovative spaces that add to a property’s impact? Whether you are freelance or staffer, convince our judges that you deliver all the above … and more!

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LIFESTYLE AND INTERIORS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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What we are looking for

Our judges are looking for outstanding journalists who are writing on the inside… delving into interiors as lifestyle and vice versa. Are you a recognised expert on the ‘softer’ side of property? Do you write with panache? Do you fire your readers’ imagination and influence their lifestyle choices and buying decisions? You can be a staff writer or freelance, and write on anything from sculptural furniture to eco-lifestyles. All that matters is you’re the best!

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CONSUMER MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Sponsor this award
What we are looking for

The Consumer Magazine of the Year will be awarded to the media title that captures property in the most informative, entertaining and impactful way. You’re either a dedicated property-focused magazine or you’re a property section within a wider consumer magazine (and your property pages are perfectly tailored to your parent title’s demographic). The category is open to print and online media. If your property output scores a big hit with readers, our judges want to hear from you!

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PROPERTY COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Zoopla

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What we are looking for

Judges want to hear from outstanding journalists with an instinctive vision for what makes a memorable property column. Do you deliver insight, analysis, and vision? Is your output controversial yet compellingly argued? Humorous, even acerbic, yet rigorously fact-checked? The judges want to see a writer whose personality shines through in their column.

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SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsor this award
What we are looking for

A scoop is not a scoop if it has a PR behind it and our judges can sniff those stories out in a second. They are looking for news that’s genuinely breaking, setting the record straight, and unquestionably appearing for the first time. They will consider articles that court controversy, expose or call to account, surprise, open eyes and change minds.

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PROPERTY SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by SEC Newgate

What we are looking for

One of the most highly contested of all the Property Press Awards, the winning supplement will be famed for its news, insights and features mix, and regarded as an essential element in the success of its parent title. Judges are looking for supplements that move quickly on key issues and developments across all areas of the housing market, offer incisive advice to readers on all matters property, and beat the competition with powerful exclusives and entertaining features.

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Sustainability Journalist of the Year

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What we are looking for

A brand-new category in the Property Press Awards. Sustainability has become a crucial issue within the property market, often underpinning and influencing property decision-making, from choices around new housing developments to decisions on fitouts. Our judges are looking to recognise a writer who regularly engages with sustainability themes, and whose articles demonstrate a powerful talent for recognising the game-changing effect sustainability now exerts on the industry.

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Property Influencer of the Year

Sponsored by Nest Seekers

What we are looking for

Are you the best property influencer on the block? Are you known for powerful posts, imaginative ideas, creative content, and a rock-solid community of engaged followers? Does your audience hang on to your every update? Do you have brands beating a path to your door for commercial partnerships? Has your talent for cutting through the white noise of social media made you the go-to property expert outside mainstream media? Whether you’re a consumer-focused or B2B influencer, our judges want to hear from you.