Pop Media Prijs

The Pop Media Prijs (Pop Media Prize) is an award for outstanding music journalism. Since 1994, the prize has focused on individual music journalists and innovative initiatives or publications that reach new audiences, cover under-represented music and/or display remarkable pop music journalism.

Veronica van Hoogdalem is the winner of the 2023 Pop Media Prize

The other nominees were photographer Paul Bergen and artist and podcast creator Hef.

The candidates span all corners of the media industry: press, books, radio, TV, online media, documentaries, film and photography. A long list of candidates is compiled by ESNS in collaboration with Sena Performers Fund, and following a public vote, an independent jury consisting of diverse music professionals selects 3 nominees, upon which the winner is chosen by an independent jury.

Pop Media Prijs winners

The winner of the Pop Media Prize 2022 is Veronica van Hoogdalem.

"The media world could use more people like you, Veronica, so we hope you continue like this for a very long time. We hope your stage may only get bigger and that you also manage to inspire new generations of music lovers to take up this work."

Previous winners of the Pop Media Prijs are

2021 – Timo Pisart
2020 – Beste Zangers
2019 – Rob Stenders
2018 – Fernando Halman
2017 – Roosmarijn Reijmer
2016 – Rotjoch
2015 – Rutger Geerling
2014 – Atze de Vrieze
2013 – The book projects Mary Go Wild (edited by Arne van Terphoven, Gert van Veen, Britta Moller and Alex Slagter) and Dutch Dance (written by Mark van Bergen, Xander Uitgevers).

2012 – Saul van Stapele
2011 – DWDD Recordings
2010 – Eric Corton
2009 – Sander Donkers
2008 – Jan van der Plas
2007 – Leo Blokhuis
2006 – John Schoorl
2005 – Leon Verdonschot
2004 – Lex van Rossen

2003 – Hester Carvalho
2002 – 3voor12
2001 – Gijsbert Kamer
2000 – Anton Corbijn
1999 – Herman van der Horst
1998 – Tom Engelshoven
1997 – Martin Bril
1996 – David Kleijwegt
1995 – Jip Golsteijn
1994 – Bert van de Kamp

Pop Media Prijs Jury

The jury for the Pop Media Prijs consists of a diverse range of industry professionals – including musicians, music venue/festival representatives, journalists or press members with experience in written press, radio, TV, documentaries and online media. All jury members must be aware of recent developments in the media and pop music industries. Finally, it is a tradition that the winner of last year’s edition takes a one-time seat as a member of the jury.

The Pop Media Prijs is made possible in part by a contribution from the Sena Performers Fund.

Find out more about the procedure here