It may help to be in the USA, but with $20,000 prizes on offer, it might be worth investigating the Call for Nominations for 2008 National Academies Communications Awards.
"On Feb. 4 the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine will begin accepting nominations for the 2008 National Academies Communication Awards for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the public during 2007. Four $20,000 prizes will be awarded in the following categories:You have until 9 April to make an online nomination and 12 April to submit supporting material.
-- Book author
-- Newspaper or magazine journalist
-- Online journalist
-- TV/radio or film producer or reporter"