About the Sandford Awards

The Sandford St Martin Awards are the UK’s most prestigious broadcast awards for radio, TV and online programmes that reflect religious, spiritual or ethical themes. They are the only awards that welcome entries about any and all faiths.

The Awards are held at Lambeth Palace, where prize money totaling approximately £4,000 is awarded to the winners.

Entries are now being invited for the 2017 Awards.  The Trust welcomes submissions from news, current affairs, factual, the arts, music, drama and comedy – as well as from teams producing specifically ‘religious’ commissions.   Full eligibility criteria and entry forms can be found here.

If you need inspiration, then you can review our 2016 Award winners.  They were announced on 8 June 2016 at Lambeth Palace during a special ceremony in which the keynote address was given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

2016 Award Winners

Winners of the 2016 Awards – and what the judges agreed was a highly competitive and very strong year – were announced on 8 June at Lambeth Palace.

‘My Son the Jihadi’, described as a “stunningly sad, detailed and dignified portrait of a devastated mother” won the Television Award, while ‘Objections at the Wedding’, in which the journalist Gary Younge travelled to America to explore how the US Supreme Court’s deliberations on the future of same-sex marriage has impacted on America faith communities won the Radio Award.

This year’s Children’s Award introduced audiences to Ahmed, “The Boy on the Bicycle” living in one of the world’s biggest refugee refugee camps – Zaatari in Jordan.

And the inaugural Interview of the Year Award was given to the www.thingsunseen podcast interview with Diane Foley, mother of the US journalist James Foley who was beheaded by Islamic State in Syria in August 2014.

» View all our winners this year

Award archive

After more than three decades in the business, the Sandford St Martin Trust holds a unique record of recognising and celebrating the best broadcasting about religion, ethics and morality from across the UK.

» Past awards