INSP Awards: Presenting the 2019 Best Cultural Feature Finalists

As the 2019 INSP Awards draws closer, we’re bringing you the Finalists in each category over this week and next, and we’re continuing today by announcing the Top 5 Entries for Best Cultural Feature.

This award will go to the best feature, interview or story focusing on arts, entertainment and culture. Judges will consider a range of elements, including: original approach; incisive interviews; and excellence in writing style. You can see the Top 10 nominees here, which we announced in April.

Our shortlisting panel have narrowed down the Nominees to give us Finalists, who now go forward to the main judging panel to select the winner.

Winners are revealed during the INSP Awards Ceremony held as part of the Global Street Paper Summit in Hannover, Germany, on Wednesday 19 June.

We’ve also launched the People’s Cover Award voting, where – for the first time – the public have the chance to choose an INSP Award winner. Cast your vote now!

The Finalists:

1. L’Itinéraire, Canada

Love and sexuality: In conversation with a sexologist
By Camille Teste

Julie Lemay is a sexologist and newspaper columnist who is passionate about observing the people around her. Here, she reflects on what she noticed about romantic and physical relationships during her work in 2018 and argues that acknowledging other people’s lived realities will lead to increased well-being and understanding in society.

2. Real Change, USA

By Lisa Edge

Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh throws a mighty shield at the hate and prejudice he has experienced all of his life by becoming a Sikh Captain America.

3. Street Roots, USA

She Shreds: ripping up the rulebook on female guitarists
By Ann-Derrick Gaillot

Fabi Reyna is the editor of She Shreds, a ground-breaking magazine that is a revolutionary platform for female guitarists. Since being launched in 2013, the magazine has championed itself as being an inclusive space that celebrates female guitarists – a demographic that is often overlooked in the industry. Here, Reyna looks back on five years of success and contemplates what is in store in the magazine’s future.

4. Surprise, Switzerland

The Last Nuns of Val Müstair
By Florian Wüstholz

At St John’s Abbey in Val Müstair, a remote valley in Grisons canton, Switzerland, Benedictine nuns live by the ancient mantra “Ora et labora” – pray and work. St John’s Abbey has a history dating back over 1,000 years and its cultural treasures saw it endowed with UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983; however, a new generation of nuns is failing to materialise. The nuns of St John’s Abbey, each of whom experienced a different religious calling to enter the monastic life, wonder whether their order will survive its current challenges.

5. The Big Issue Australia, Australia

Eating Skippy
By Rhianna Boyle

National icon or national cuisine? Pest or poster-animal? The Big Issue Australia explores Australia’s complicated relationship with its favourite animal.


For INSP Members, all of these features can be found on the News Service. Don’t forget to keep checking back over the next fortnight as we reveal more Finalists for the INSP Awards 2019, and use the hashtag #INSPAwards on social media to congratulate them!

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