Celebrate the Best Audio Stories of 2021!

To learn which piece won the honors in which, join us for our 2021 Virtual Awards Celebration, this Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 3:30 PM CT. Registration is free, and open to the public. (Note: At the conclusion of this event, we will make all of the winning works available in our 2021 Web Showcase, alongside — for the first time – a list of finalists in each category.) We’ll see you on Sunday!

The 2021 TC/RHDF Competition Winners

We're so thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2021 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, listed below in alphabetical order by title!

Entre Quatro Paredes (Between Four Walls)
Heloiza Barbosa, with Paulo Pinheiro, Diogo Saraiva, Valquiria Gouvea, and Adam Gamwell
For Faxina Podcast
Brazil & United States

Ep 1. Once Upon a Time, a Girl Needs a Distraction in Quarantine
Heather Li
For It’s Nice to Hear You
United States

Sam Riddell, Jordan Gass-Poore', Briana Stodden, Anna Williams, Meral Agish, Natalie Milbrodt, Jo Ann Wong, Theresa Gaffney, Syreeta Gates, Guilia Hjort, and Elias Ravin
For Queens Memory Project & Queens Public Library
United States

Inventions in Sound
Raymond Antrobus & Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4
United Kingdom

Lost Notes: 1980
Hanif Abdurraqib, Myke Dodge Weiskopf, Victoria Alejandro, and Nick White
For Lost Notes from KCRW
United States

Monaea, a 2020 Diary
Jen Kinney, Monaea Upton, Ashley Cleek, Adizah Eghan, Kyle Murdock, Kate Osborn, and Adreanna Rodriguez
For Vice News Reports
United States

Pandemic Diaries: One Couple's Story of Isolation and Love in a Nursing Home
Lauren Chooljian, Jason Moon, and Dan Barrick
For New Hampshire Public Radio
United States

James T. Green
For Short Cuts, a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4
United Kingdom & United States

Pamela Z
For DeutschlandRadio (Deutschlandfunk Kultur)
Germany, Italy & United States

Time Bandit
Sean Cole, with Ben Calhoun, Aviva DeKornfeld, and Ira Glass
For This American Life
United States

The Wait
Mozhgan Moarefizadeh, Nicole Curby, and Michael Green
For The Guardian
Australia & Indonesia

The 2021 TC/RHDF Competition Judges

Experts from within audio and beyond, here, in alphabetical order, are the 20 judges across the 8 categories of the 2021 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

The winners in the ninth category, Director's Choice, was chosen by Third Coast. Get to know us, here.

2021 Categories & Entry Information

This Sunday, we will award 11 winners in nine categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Best Serialized Story, Best Documentary: Short, Best New Artist, Best Documentary: Non-English Language, Impact, Audio Unbound, Best News Feature & Directors' Choice.

We understand the Third Coast/RHDF Competition as an ongoing dialogue between Third Coast and the producer community. Our goal is to consistently push the boundaries of audio storytelling, break down hierarchies within the industry, and collectively embody the possibilities of the medium.

Our Competition

The Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition (lovingly nicknamed the "Oscars of Radio") has awarded the most groundbreaking and influential documentary work in the audio storytelling industry, thanks to the generous support of our founding donor, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

At Third Coast, experimentation, community, and accessibility are at the core of everything we do. We encourage you to read more about the values, history, and context most critical to our annual Third Coast/RHDF Competition by exploring the links below:

Now in its 21st year, we see our annual Competition as a living archive of work that adapts, responds to, and reflects changes in the field and in our world. Each year, the cohort of winners represents an exciting revision to this living body of work. While the Competition is one of the oldest in the country, we take particular pride in recognizing audio that complicates or questions what has come before, and pushes the medium forward.