The Sigma Awards 2020 winners

The Sigma Awards is a new data journalism competition which aims to celebrate the best data journalism around the world, but also to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists. Entries have closed on 5 February 2020, with a staggering number of 510 projects, coming from 66 countries and areas.

The jury, made of 24 international experts (full list at the bottom of the page), have gone through the entries and picked ten winners as well as two honorable mentions, in 6 categories. Together, they represent the best data journalism from around the world. Team members from the winning entries will be invited to the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, in April, to present their work to the international data journalism community, and to take part in various sessions.

The Sigma Award Timeline

Winners Reveal

You had until 5 June 2020 at 11:59pm ET to apply.

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Winners Reveal

Winners Reveal

You had until 5 July 2020 at 11:59pm ET to apply.

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Winners Reveal

Winners Reveal

You had until 5 August 2020 at 11:59pm ET to apply.

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Winners Reveal

Winners Reveal

You had until 5 September 2020 at 11:59pm ET to apply.

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Winners Reveal

Winners reveal: Checkout the best Sigma projects from 2019

Mar 4, 2019

Organisation

OCCRP, The Guardian – UK, Süddeutsche Zeitung – Germany, Newstapa – South Korea, El Periodico – Spain, Global Witness and 17 other partners who can be viewed here.

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Credit

Coordinators: Paul Radu, Sarunas Cerniauskas. Reporters: Olesya Shmagun, Dmitry Velikovsky, Alesya Marohovskaya, Jason Shea, Jonny Wrate, Atanas Tchobanov, Ani Hovhannisyan, Irina Dolinina, Roman Shleynov, Alisa Kustikova, Edik Baghdasaryan, Vlad Lavrov.

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Organisation size

Big

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Publication date

4 Mar 2019

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Project description

We exposed a complex financial system that allowed Russian oligarchs and politicians in the highest echelons of power to secretly invest their ill-gotten millions, launder money, evade taxes, acquire shares in state-owned companies, buy real estate in Russia and abroad, and much more. The Troika Laundromat was designed to hide the people behind these transactions and was discovered by OCCRP and its partners through careful data analysis and thorough investigative work in one of the largest releases of banking information, involving some 1.3 million leaked transactions from 238,000 companies.

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Impact

First published in March 2019, with stories being added on an ongoing basis, the impact of of the Troika Laundromat was immediate and widespread. Raiffeisen, Citibank, Danske Bank, Nordea Bank, Swedbank, Credit Agricole, and Deutsche Bank were all seemingly implicated, and two banks — Raiffeisen in Austria and Nordea in Finland — deeply involved in the Laundromat saw their shares tumble. Twenty-one members of the European Parliament demanded sanctions against bankers whose financial institutions were involved in the money-laundering scheme.

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