The Arkansas Educational Television Network production department won an Aurora Award for its documentary film Bayou Bartholomew.

Works recognized in this competition achieved a high standard of excellence in the film industry.

Bayou Bartholomew received a Gold Award in the Nature/Environment category. Judges said the film was well shot with good editing and footage. The one-hour documentary features the longest bayou in the world and is hosted by Chuck Dovish.

Originating near Pine Bluff, Bayou Bartholomew stretches 359 miles before emptying in the Ouachita River near Sterlington, La. It is one of most diverse streams in North America, containing 117 species of fish and 197 species of birds. The documentary explains the history of the bayou dating back 3,000 years and reveals how it has been long overlooked for its contribution in developing the heart of the Delta and neglected in American history.

Funding for Bayou Bartholomew was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. Aurora Awards was created in 1996 with the goal of letting a wide range of producers compete in the same competition.

AETN is Arkansas’ statewide public television network.