Best Documentary (BD)


Best Documentary (BD) is one of the founding categories of the Third Coast/RHDF Competition. This category awards narrative audio stories grounded in the traditions of documentary and non-fiction storytelling.

These often include, but are not limited to: longform journalism, investigation, cultural documentary, personal essay, or audio portrait. Within this category, we welcome work that blurs genre and style, including the lines between fact and fiction. We’re interested in sound-rich stories that innovate, inform, and inspire — stories that haven’t been told before, or are being told in a new way.

There are three awards in this category: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.


The 2022 Call for Entries will open in Fall 2022.

See the 2022 Third Coast/RHDF Competition page for more information. To read about other categories, click here.