The Indian Express reporter Sowmiya Ashok was awarded the Special Jury Mention Award in the Print Category by the environment forum CMS Vatavaran, as a part of its Young Environmental Journalism Awards. Organisers said Ashok was chosen for the award for her in-depth features on wildlife, revival of Yamuna floodplains and forests and plantations.
Ritam Halder (Hindustan Times) and Aishwarya S Iyer (The Quint) were also awarded, in the print and online categories, respectively.
The event, organised by the environment forum CMS Vatavaran, saw screening of over 100 films, depicting the impact of climate change on communities and wildlife across the world. CMS Vatavaran also awarded Gandhian green activist Chandi Prasad Bhatt and filmmaker Rita Banerji for their efforts in bringing about a change in perception towards environment and wildlife conservation.