Coconuts wins Asian Academy Creative Award for report on Thailand’s plastic crisis

A Coconuts TV video exposing the plastic pollution crisis in Thailand was recognized for excellence by the Asian Academy Creative Awards.

The video Thailand’s Trash Island, which explores an out-of-control landfill on a sparkling island, was named the Best Single News Story/Report from Thailand by the academy and will go on to compete against other national winners later this year. The video was part of Coconuts TV’s PLANET PLASTIC series about plastic pollution around Southeast Asia. 

“The series was meant to raise public consciousness about the appalling amount of plastic waste in our oceans, and I hope in some small way we made that happen. I’m proud of our team and honored by the recognition,” said Coconuts Founder and CEO Byron Perry.

The video was produced by Teirra Kamolvattanavith, Jae Thanapornrapee, and Wattana Duangsringam. The report came as Thailand and the region began facing an overdue reckoning over its profligate plastic consumption and waste mismanagement. 

Other winners in the same category include a story on China’s Xinjiang Detention Centers by BBC World News, a CNN report on Saudi Teens escaping repression via Hong Kong, Indonesian women “punished for being the victim” in Indonesia by CNN and a high-profile sex scandal in South Korea by BBC World News. Find the full list online.

Winners have been judged the best work from their respective countries in select categories. Regional winners will contend for the top regional prizes to be named at a December ceremony in Singapore as part of the Singapore Media Festival.

The awards are judged by recognized industry professionals and qualified nominees. The regional winners are chosen by those nation’s respective judges while the final stage is evaluated by expert panels from around the world. 

Winners will be announced Dec. 6 or Dec. 7.

Producer Teirra Kamolvattanavith at the Koh Lan landfill. Photo: Coconuts
Producer Teirra Kamolvattanavith at the Koh Lan landfill. Photo: Coconuts
Videographer Wattana Duangsringam works through the powerful trash stench. Photo: Coconuts
Videographer Wattana Duangsringam works through the powerful trash stench. Photo: Coconuts
Some of the estimated 50,000 tons of garbage at Koh Lan’s landfill. Photo: Coconuts
Some of the estimated 50,000 tons of garbage at Koh Lan’s landfill. Photo: Coconuts
Producer Teirra Kamolvattanavith ventures into the landfill to talk to the trash collectors. Photo: Coconuts
Producer Teirra Kamolvattanavith ventures into the landfill to talk to the trash collectors. Photo: Coconuts