Have you read a really good news story that illustrates the hard work and sacrifice of fire fighters?

Enter that story in the annual IAFF Media Awards Contest.

There are 19 categories to enter, ranging from print, broadcast, Internet and IAFF affiliate categories that honor the professional and dangerous work of fire fighters and emergency medical personnel in the United States and Canada.

The deadline is Tuesday, May 1. Entries must have been published, produced or broadcast between January and December 2011.

Winning entries will be featured in the International Fire Fighter magazine. First prize winners receive $500. Second prize winners receive $250. Honorable mention receives a certificate.

New this year – upload entries online here, but before you do, see our list of contest winners in 2011to see if you really have an award winner!