The 20th annual National Student Media Awards are coming! Marking the best in student film, photography, journalism and design, The Smedias have been a consistent platform for students over the last 19 years upon which they can showcase their work, gain recognition, and further their careers. Application forms will be available from March 2nd 2020 – so watch this space.

Awards are offered in a wide range of categories, from radio production to film scripts, so there really is something here for everyone and competition is going to be as fierce as ever.

You can preregister now by clicking here.

Click here to apply online

The closing date for entrants is March 19th 2020 at 5pm, and the winners will be announced in the fabulous Aviva Stadium on Wednesday the 22nd of April 2020.

All the rules are at the bottom of the page.

This year’s categories are here!

A number of big companies supported us last year by sponsoring specific awards, including the following:

European Commission          Foras na Gaeilge

Road Safety Authority

Irish Examiner

Irish Times

Udaras Na Gaeltachta

The address for applications is:

177 Lower Rathmines Road
Dublin 6

Email us at:

Or give us a call at: (015614879 or 0831492879

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us here.

Entries for categories not operated through our online application process must be posted to the above address.

1. Unless otherwise stated, all work entered must have been published in student media since March 15th 2019. Entries containing work that has been done by a student(s), but has been published on a platform not within the student media will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

2. Student Media Awards are not open to students who have worked professionally in the category into which they are entering (not including summer work and internships).

3. Unless otherwise stated, 3 different examples of your work must be submitted with the appropriate application form. Check the categories page carefully to make sure you are submitting the correct material to avoid disappointment.

4. The organisers cannot undertake the return of submissions as they are archived for reference purposes. Neither Oxygen nor the organising committee accept responsibility for any entries lost or damaged in transit.

5. Any publication that receives professional assistance in design, maintenance or production is not eligible to enter. This does not apply in the website of the year category where professional design help is allowed, but must be stated on the application form.

6. The closing date for entries is 5.00pm, March 19th to SMEDIAS.

Please note- a printed application form from the website must accompany every entry that is submitted by post or hand, even when a student is entering multiple categories. (i.e. one form per entry)

We also need two copies of for example, your three newspapers if you are entering Newspaper and Layout and Design – Newspaper as the entries will be sent to different judges.

7. Applications are submitted at the owner’s risk and cannot be returned.

8. Most categoriess can be entered online. You will fill in your details and upload your files. 

You will only need to post or drop in your entries into our office (Generation Y, 177 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6) for the following categories:

  • Newspaper Of The Year
  • Editor Of The Year
  • Magazine Of The Year
  • Small College Or Society Publication Of The Year
  • Layout and Design of The Year.

Photography categories can be entered through email. Email application and photos to Full details will be under your desired category.

9. In the case of a group entry [e.g. radio production or short film], please fill out all of the indivduals names with all of the details. Not the individual application. One form should be submitted for the entry signed, by the primary applicant, on behalf of the group. All members must be students in the stated college. This form should contain names of all members of the group. There is no need for each member of the group to fill in separate individual forms.

10. The fee per entry, per category is €15 for the first submission. So if you, or your group, enter one category the cost is €15. If you, or your group, enter one or more categories, you/your group must pay €10 per additional entry. (For example, one submission is €15, two submissions is €25, three submissions is €35, etc.)

11. This contest is open to full-time students of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

12. The judges’ decision is final. No entries will be returned and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging of the competition.

13. The winners will be announced on the 22rd of April at the Aviva stadium.

14. The Student Media Awards are produced and run by Oxygen. Oxygen reserves the right to change the rules without notice.

15This is important: You may only enter a category once. But you can however enter as many categories as you like. You may also submit the same content in multiple categories where you feel it is also relevant e.g. using the same article in multiple journalism categories.

16. Any attempt to contact or canvas judges will result in immediate disqualification from this and future Student Media Awards.

17. The organisers of the awards may request proof from applicants that they are full-time students or were a full time student when they published their entry,, or otherwise conforming to the criteria specified in category descriptions regarding their full-time professional or academic status.