Judging System



Oriental Leaf Award

A journalist who has won five Bright Leaf awards regardless of category is automatically a recipient of the Oriental Leaf Award and becomes a member of the Bright Leaf Hall of Fame.

Best Online Story - Special Award for 2018

This award is open to both feature and news stories.

The article must be published on an online news website or magazine either stand-alone publications or the online version of a printed newspaper.

The online publication must have been active for at least three (3) years including the current year and must adhere to the highest journalistic principles.

Stand-alone blogs, unless published by a reputable news institution, online retailers, and advertising sites are not eligible.

Entries must be accompanied by a certification from the editorial head of their respective online news platform.

The winning online story will not be considered for the “Agriculture Story of the Year” award.



  • The secretariat will screen all entries based on form and completeness of requirements. 
  • Entries will be sorted according to award categories.
  • A numerical code will be assigned to each entry to guarantee anonymity of contestants.


  • Judging will be via points system.
  • Entries with an average score of 85% and above will be elevated to Phase 2.
  • The decision of the judging panel of Phase 1 are final and not subject to appeal.


  • The scores for all entries that make it into Phase 2 will be reset to zero.
  • Judging will be via points system.
  • Entries with the highest score wins.
  • The decision of the judging panel of Phase 2 are final and not subject to appeal.
  • In case of a tie, the Chairman of the Board of Judges reserves the right to make the final decision.


  • The winner of this award is chosen from the winners of the following categories:  Best Agriculture TV Program/Segment, Best Agriculture Radio Program/Segment, Best Agriculture News Story Regional, Best Agriculture News Story National, Best Agriculture Feature Story Regional, Best Agriculture Feature Story National.
  • Voting is by secret ballot.
  • The second highest scorer in the category from which the winner of the Agriculture Story of the Year will receive the award for the said category.
  • The decision of the judges are final and not subject to appeal.




Print (News and Feature) and Online Story

Relevance 25%
Impact 25%
Objectivity 25%
Research 15%
Style 10%



Composition/Relevance 40%
Creativity 30%
Impact 30%


TV and Radio

Relevance 30%
Impact 30%
Objectivity 20%
Research 20%




Php 50,0000 + iPad + Trophy + Asian Trip 

  • Agriculture Story of the Year
  • Tobacco Story of the Year
  • Agriculture Photo of the Year                     
  • Tobacco Photo of the Year

Php 50,000 + Trophy + Asian Trip

  • Best Agriculture Television Program or Segment
  • Best Agriculture Radio Program or Segment

Php 20,000 + Trophy + Asian Trip

  • Best Agriculture News Story-National 
  • Best Agriculture News Story-Regional 
  • Best Agriculture Feature Story-National
  • Best Agriculture Feature Story-Regional 
  • Best Agriculture Online Story
  • Best Story on Novel Tabaco Products

iPad + Trophy

  •  Oriental Leaf Award


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