Queensland Clarion Awards


Entries open on June 1


The Queensland Clarion Awards are the pre-eminent state-based awards promoting excellence in the media. The annual awards celebrate quality journalism, and reward a media professional whose commitment to excellence in media coverage best informs and entertains Queenslanders.

Entries for the 2017 Clarion Awards open on Thursday, June 1 and close on Monday, July 3.

To be eligible for entry in this year’s awards, your work must have been published or broadcast between July 7, 2016 and July 1, 2017.

The Queensland Clarion Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Saturday, August 26, in the Boulevard Room at the Brisbane Convention and Entertaiment Centre.

For more information: Anna Magnus 0423 363 725


  • All the winners of the 2016 awards.

    All Media – Broadcast Interview

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Kay McGrath, Paula Doneman, Seven Network, Terry Lewis’s Last Card

    Finalists

    • Annie Gaffney, Karyn Wood, ABC Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Man Caught-up in Christmas Island Riots

    Judges’ comments:

    “Kay McGrath and Paula Doneman’s interview with disgraced former Queensland police commissioner Terry Lewis was the stand-out in this year’s category. Based on meticulous research and hard-earned contacts, the Lewis interview was a chance to re-visit a key character from one of the state’s darkest periods. The experienced McGrath struck the right balance, allowing Lewis to put his side of the story but also holding him to account over his answers and his behaviour which ultimately led to him being jailed for corruption and fraud and stripped of his knighthood. There were also new revelations about Lewis’s time in jail. The archival research by Doneman, a veteran crime reporter, and McGrath also helped put the events in context for those who may not have been around for the Fitzgerald Inquiry. The Lewis interview showed the power of a long-form broadcast interview – something that is becoming increasingly rare in modern journalism.”

    All Media – Business Journalism

    Sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation

    Winner

    • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith

    Finalists

    • Mark Ludlow, Fairfax Media/The Australian Financial Review, The rise and fall of Queensland Nickel and Clive Palmer
    • Michael McKenna, The Australian, Adani
    • Liam Walsh, The Courier-Mail, Guvera: Greatest hits and misses

    Judges’ comments:

    “The collapse of Queensland Nickel was one of the biggest business stories of the year, with the Australian newspaper and the Financial Review often leading the coverage. In this highly competitive environment, the judges were impressed by Sarah Elk’s series of exclusives, including one of the defining details of the whole saga – Clive Palmer’s bizarre decision to go by the pseudonym Terry Smith.”

    All Media – Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

    Sponsored by Three Plus

    Winner

    • Mark Ludlow, Fairfax Media/The Australian Financial Review, Lunch with The AFR & more

    Finalists

    • John Birmingham, Brisbane Times/Fairfax Media, Blunt Instrument: Body of Work
    • Jacinda Tutty, The Courier Mail/ News Queensland, #Techtalk

    Judges’ comments:

    “Mark Ludlow’s columns filed for the Australian Financial Review represented an entertaining, informative and important collection of work. Addressing subjects as diverse as a sportsman’s near fatal medical condition, the personal side of life after politics for a former minister, profiles about key Queensland political figures and a critical look at the state Budget, Ludlow’s work both entertained and informed. His journalism revealed an ability to engage with a number of powerful and intriguing interview subjects and encourage some frank admissions in a manner that provided fertile material for comment. In some cases, his subjects opened up about topics which they had rarely discussed previously or in any great detail. As a result his work was always relevant and on occasion provided up to date insights or even information about controversial issues that had not been previously reported. The columns while lengthy were excellently back-grounded giving context to the new insights being presented. The result was a body of work that was both newsworthy and eminently readable. The pieces were exceedingly well researched, creatively solid, original and newsworthy.”

    All Media – Health and Wellness

    Sponsored by Diabetes Queensland

    Winner

    • Janelle Miles, The Courier-Mail, Gift of Love

    Finalists

    • David Lewis, ABC, Mount Isa Mines still breaching national air quality guidelines
    • Lucy Smith, Daily Mercury, Re-emergence of black lung in Queensland

    Highly Commended

    • Claudine Ryan

    Judges’ comments:

    “This real life or death drama had you in its grip from the start, with raw medical details of how a person is kept alive while waiting for an organ transplant. One family’s heartbreak in death, followed by another’s elation at a second chance of life through organ donation is conveyed with both directness and compassion. The story details how a grieving family’s decision to donate a loved one’s organs three years earlier not only saved the interviewee’s life, it allowed her to create a new one as she later had a baby. The judges felt the story not only creates an emotional response, but gives a direct call to action – to discuss organ donation with your family and make sure they know your wishes. Janelle said she set out to write a story that would ignite a community conversation about organ donation, and she succeeded.”

    All Media – Indigenous Issues Reporting

    Sponsored by Queensland Council of Unions

    Winner

    • Brian Bennion, APN News and Media/The Queensland Times, Is Nothing Sacred? – Deebing Creek Mission

    Finalists

    • Allyson Horn, ABC News, Indigenous Queensland: Body of Work
    • Dominique Schwartz, Australian Broadcasting Corporation , Closing the Gap with better ear health

    Highly Commended

    • Trent Dalton

    Judges’ comments:

    “All entries in this section were inspiring, covering a wide range of indigenous issues in an accurate, “non-highbrow” way with warmth, intelligence, empathy and humour. From this excellent work, including radio, television, print and online entries, we chose the best-prepared pieces which broke important news and walked readers inside indigenous communities. The judges were equally-impressed by the no-nonsense cultural sensitivity shown in all entries, allowing the reporting to be told in a straightforward way. The copy is one feature entry was truly gorgeous. However, one piece however stood out for all judges because it had the real news “wow factor”. This winning entry was well researched, written in good clean copy, accurately covered the community anger and anguish of a serious evolving issue and ultimately forced a change local authorities and developers. At the conclusion of a series of stories it broke the reality of a previously-undocumented mass grave of indigenous people – proven on underground radar – at one of Queensland’s earliest aboriginal missions, the Deebing Creek Mission near Ipswich as a housing development is being considered. And it left us asking “Why don’t we know about this?”

    All Media – Most Outstanding Journalism Student

    Sponsored by Media Super

    Winner

    • Joseph Ogilvie, Queensland University of Technology, Body of Work

    Finalists

    • Hannah Kotaidis, Queensland University of Technology, Body of Work
    • Catherine Moore, University of the Sunshine Coast, Body of Work

    Judges’ comments:

    “The judges agreed this was a very strong body of work across print, radio and television, showing a grasp of the three platforms. We were impressed with the range of subjects, from human interest stories such as the trans-gender and domestic violence stories to the Baden-Clay High Court case which distilled complex legal arguments to an easy-to-digest package for television. This showed a great understanding of not only the topical and complicated subject but of the medium and how to use it effectively. The judges also highly commended Jorgia White, especially her work on the human trafficking and child labour scandal in the cocoa industry.”

    All Media – Multicultural Queensland Award

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Leisa Scott, News Corp, The Road Ahead

    Finalists

    • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Queensland’s diversity – Body of work
    • Cindy Wockner, News Corp, Right at Home

    Judges’ comments:

    “A perceptive and skilfully-crafted piece that takes the reader into the home of an Afghan refugee, and her family, living in Toowoomba. “The Road Ahead” uses small details to paint a vivid picture of the challenges and benefits of the family’s new home in Australia, as well as providing insights into the lives they have left behind, and the difficult decision to leave. The piece steers clear of cliché and sentimentality, bringing a fresh perspective, currency and context to a much-covered topic. Leisa Scott treats her subjects with respect and sensitivity, whilst still being unafraid to ask difficult questions. A worthy contribution to the national debate on refugees and multiculturalism.”

    All Media – Rural Journalism

    Sponsored by Rural Press Club

    Winner

    • Kirstin Murray, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Baby Cash

    Finalists’ road casting 

    • Elly Bradfield, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, St George’s ice struggle
    • Mark Willacy, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Final Battle

    Highly Commended

    • Janelle Miles

    Judges’ comments:

    “Kirstin’s entry, `Baby Cash’ was a gripping, well-executed story about a rare parasite active in warm water. It not only highlighted a single family’s pain, but revealed wider, potentially deadly implications for other rural households. Kirstin went to considerable effort to obtain interviews with the doctors and families affected. The piece was beautifully shot and edited, and told with empathy and insight through the eyes of the parents of baby Cash.”

    All Media – Social Issues Reporting

    Sponsored by Network Ten

    Winner

    • Heidi Davoren, Matthew Liddy, Lucy Fahey, Ben Spraggon, Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, These women are not just statistics

    Finalists

    • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Detention centre cancer consuming Manus Island
    • Trent Dalton, The Australian, Chain Reaction

    Judges’ comments:

    “The panel thought that all three were excellent examples of the craft. In the case of Stefan Armbruster’s Manus Island Detention Centre stories, the fact that Stefan was able to get a camera INSIDE the centre, and shine a light on conditions that the Governments of Australia and PNG had gone to great lengths to keep covered up, made this a riveting story. In Trent Dalton’s chilling “Chain Reaction”, he was able to give a concrete example of the much-discussed (but rarely detailed) trans-generational cycle of sexual abuse. But the standout story in the category, the judges felt, was “These Women are not just statistics”. The team led by Heidi Davoren was able to bring to light each of these victims of violence in a way that the bare bones of their stories could not. While the stories could have been told in a traditional format, the use of hypertext links from each woman’s image (or the lack of an image, for cultural reasons) was considered a great example of using the online medium to its best advantage – creating a montage of interrelated stories within a single overarching portal. But behind the ‘bells and whistles’ of the presentation, more important than the medium, was the message. Each individual story was like a shock to the system, each ‘vignette’ made the judges feel anger, and sorrow, and grief. Taken as a combined whole, the judges felt this was an important, and truly award-worthy, piece of journalism.”

    All Media – Sports Journalism

    Sponsored by Lion

    Winner

    • Nance Haxton, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Why are boxers dying in Queensland?

    Finalists

    • Peter Badel, The Courier-Mail, League legend’s cocaine addiction
    • Mike Colman, News Queensland , The Medal Factory

    Judges’ comments:

    “She tackles an important but largely unreported subject, deaths in the boxing ring and identifies dangerous flaws in the system in Queensland and the Northern Territory. She uses Freedom of Information legislation to expose inaction from governments of both sides of politics in Queensland. The judges felt that of all the high quality entries in this category this was the campaign that could and should lead to changes in policy within the sport and at government level and could potentially even save young lives.”

    All Media – New Journalist of the Year

    Sponsored by Queensland Parliamentary Media Gallery

    Winner

    • Rhian Deutrom, News Corp, Body of Work

    Finalists

    • Jonathan Hair, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Body of Work
    • Rachel Riley, Townsville Bulletin, Social media suicide

    Judges’ comments:

    “The high standard of journalism among the emerging members of our industry gives great hope for the future. The three finalists exemplified that in their talent, professionalism and commitment to the craft. Rhian Deutrom‘s work was a stand-out for her comprehensive and revealing stories on the problems at Lady Cilento Hospital and contamination in Oakey. The judges were particularly impressed with Rhian’s tenacious reporting in getting to the truth of the Department of Defence’s cover-up of its toxic mess in the Darling Downs’ community. Rhian led the coverage of the emerging scandal, and delivered exclusive reports that exposed the government. It led to the federal government announcing a $55 million assistance package for locals facing property depreciation and health concerns. The series – which included news reports, feature articles and online packages – also led to the government committing to land buybacks, blood tests and counselling for the most vulnerable in the community.”

    All Media – Investigative Journalism

    Sponsored by WATPAC

    Winner

    • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith

    Finalists

    • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Detention centre troubles consuming Manus Island
    • Owen Jacques, APN Australian Regional Media. Wanted “Death Ship” captain discovered in Queensland

    Judges’ comments:

    “The common thread between these disparate reports was their high standard of journalism. The judges genuinely found them difficult to separate. The quality and breadth of entries across print, radio and television show investigative journalism in Queensland to be in great health and forcing lasting change. The reporting of the Queensland Nickel collapse by Sarah Elks, of The Australian, particularly stood out for its tenacity and newsworthiness. The judges were impressed by Elks’ agenda-setting pursuit of the QNI yarn. Elks’ reports constantly led the way in extremely competitive circumstances, divulging inconvenient truths behind the multimillion-dollar collapse. Elks’ series of exclusive reports, including the unmasking of “Terry Smith” as businessman Clive Palmer, were the pay-off for her determined shovel work in developing a network of contacts – from lunchrooms to boardrooms – whose information fuelled her dogged pursuit. Her work is a tremendous “how-to” for journalists young and old and deserves recognition.”

    All Media – Freelance Journalism

    Sponsored by Bond University

    Winner

    • Andrew McMillen, Various, Body of work

    Finalists

    • Brian Cassey, Courier Mail, News Corp, Cairns Post + Others, Portraiture in the News/Body of Work
    • Andrew Stafford, Various, Body of work

    Judges’ comments:

    “The judges were impressed by the diversity and overall high quality of his work. He maintains a strong voice through his elegant prose but never “takes over” the stories, allowing the subjects to be central to his storytelling. He manages to research and present highly sensitive subjects such as Story Bridge suicides (“Over Troubled Water”) and the sketching of stillborn babies (“Etched in Memory”) without clichés or allowing emotion to overtake the messages.”

    All Media – Multimedia Journalism

    Sponsored by Telstra

    Winner

    • Tim Leslie, Will Ockenden, Simon Elvery, Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, What your metadata reveals about you

    Finalists

    • Matthew Liddy, Gregor Salmon, Ben Spraggon, Colin Gourlay, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Southern Exposure: the growing, glowing allure of the aurora australis
    • Blythe Moore, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Outback Yacht Club

    Highly Commended

    • Marty McCarthy

    Judges’ comments:

    “Tim Leslie’s entry – What your metadata reveals about you – took on a very complicated issue and broke it down into simple steps. By accessing the telephone, text and internet records of one person’s smart phone, Tim was able to reveal an astonishing amount of information about that individual. But, the cleverness of this entry was the multi-layered approach it took in telling the story. Beyond just showing us what all this data actually looks like and how it works, the audience was invited to interact with the data. This active and unique approach drove home how much detail of our lives can be revealed to others – a fascinating and frightening experience.”

    All Media – Cartoon Illustration or Graphic

    Sponsored by The Walkley Foundation

    Winner

    • Tony Bela, The Courier-Mail, Game of Toads

    Finalists

    • Sharni Hargrave, Seven Network, Body of Work – The dynamics of graphics
    • Steve Quirk, Nine Network, Body of Work – Implementing real 3D into TV News

    Judges’ comments:

    “Tony Bela’s Game of Toads was a standout in this category. He used an idea so simple it did not need instructions and created a humorous and clever work of art that is both an entertaining board game and exciting online offering. The artwork appeals to both children and adults and plays beautifully on Queensland’s profound parochialism during the State of Origin series. A fun, charming, yet sophisticated idea, very well executed.”

    Photography – News Photograph- Metropolitan

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Luke Marsden, The Courier-Mail/ The Sunday Mail, Kindergarten Cops

    Finalists

    • Liam Kidston, News Corp Australia, Beirut Bungle
    • Jono Searle, News Queensland, Toolbox Tomb

    Highly Commended

    • Annette Dew

    Judges’ comments:

    “This powerful image by Luke Marsden graphically illustrates the problem of a town under siege, where gangs of drug-affected children as young as six roam the streets of Mt Isa committing crimes and acts of violence. The viewer is struck by the age of these children and the situation in which they find themselves. We often see images of adults in this situation but it is shocking to see children as young as these being questioned by police when they should be in bed. One child is seen trying to hide a paint can which he had been sniffing from the police. It’s a timely image given the controversy surrounding youth detention centres. Luke has expertly shown understanding of the ability of his camera to capture the sombre mood of this image using only the available street light.”

    Photography – Photographic Essay

    Sponsored by Media Super

    Winner

    • Liam Kidston, News Corp. Australia, Beirut Bungle

    Finalists

    • Brian Cassey, News Corp, Manus – Heaven & Hell
    • Tara Croser, News Corp Australia, One Punch: Cole Miller

    Judges’ comments:

    “The jailing of the 60 minutes team and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner was one of the biggest stories of the year. This was a tough assignment in a foreign country where news crews had been faced with deportation for doing their job. Liam was also under constant threat of arrest and confiscation of his gear. It’s a job where his pre-planning and use of local knowledge paid off. Showing a mastery of his craft, Liam was able to capture all the major players at crucial moments in the last days of the saga. Using contacts and working out various scenarios before their release, he was able to shoot and even follow them through three airports back to Australia. After talking his way up to the First Class Cabin he surprised the 60 Minutes crew and took a picture they never wanted to be taken – showing their real celebration, sipping Dom Perignon. This was a telling contrast to the situation Ms Faulkner found herself where she was forced to leave her children behind with her estranged husband and the child recovery crew in jail.”

    Photography – Sports Photography

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Luke Marsden, The Courier-Mail, Capsize

    Finalists

    • Chris Hyde, Getty Images, Domination
    • Wesley Monts, The Townsville Bulletin, Kickass Bull

    Judges’ comments:

    “Luke Marsden’s “Capsize” captures the moment an irresistible force meets a very movable object. Perfectly framed and focussed, this image of the Mermaid Beach surf boat crew being tossed into the sea by a churning wave is as iconic as it is frightening. Marsden has summed up in a single frame the courage and conviction needed to tackle the rising swell. The photo also captured the panic and determination on the faces of the crew.”

    Print/Text – Feature Article

    Sponsored by Local Government Association of Queensland

    Winner

    • Kate Kyriacou, The Courier-Mail/The Sunday Mail, Ravenshoe – the untold story

    Finalists

    • Trent Dalton, The Australian, Tiahleigh Palmer
    • Susan Johnson, The Courier Mail, Breast Cancer

    Highly Commended

    • Casandra Garvey

    Judges’ comments:

    “This was a story easily forgotten because of its remoteness from the big newsgathering centres of the state. By going back to it, Kate ensured it wasn’t. She had to win the trust of those involved in the terrible tragedy and talk to many people before crafting a beautiful narrative. She clearly worked hard to win the trust of those involved for a piece of writing which evoked deep emotions. Her feature, describing the number of lives saved and the actions of those who saved them showed the incredible community spirit of Ravenshoe which is permanently celebrated thanks to this piece of journalism.”

    Print/Text – News Report

    Sponsored by Channel Nine Brisbane

    Winner

    • Kate Kyriacou, The Courier-Mail/Sunday Mail, Five hours to catch a killer

    Finalists

    • Sarah Vogler, Matthew Killoran, The Courier-Mail/The Australian, Carmody
    • Sarah Elks, The Australian, Unmasking Terry Smith

    Judges’ comments:

    “A dogged determination to get the story combined with a mountain of research and a great ear for telling a story made Kate’s work the standout from a highly competitive field of entries. Daniel Morcombe’s murder was a profoundly traumatic event for Queensland and only someone able to pass the multiple tests of the highest journalistic standards, respect for the truth and empathy for those affected by his loss could do the story justice. Kate’s focus on the undercover officer whose work touched off the covert operation that led to the conviction of Daniel’s killer is a masterful telling of a crucial aspect of this awful story.”

    Print /Text – Best Three Headings

    Sponsored by Seven Network

    Winner

    • Baz McAlister, News Corp, Threat Level: Hilux

    Finalists

    • Gareth Hose, The Courier-Mail, Three Headings
    • Matt Oberhardt, The Courier-Mail, Turn Back The Bros

    Judges’ comments:

    “Baz McAlister’s entry highlights his ability to consistently produce insightful, witty and contextualised headlines which are both entertaining and clever. “Threat Level Hilux” neatly encapsulated a story claiming stolen Utes were being used to fund ISIS. “Ready, Jedi, Dough” illustrated the vast profits expected to made by the latest Star Wars instalment and “Liar Belle for Prosecution” summed up the massive penalties faced by cancer fraudster Belle Gibson, with an expert play on words.”

    Radio – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary or Special

    Sponsored by Queensland Police Union

    Winner

    • Elly Bradfield, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, St George’s ice struggle

    Finalists

    • David Lewis, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queer, young, and homeless
    • Mark Willacy, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hopeland

    Judges’ comments:

    “Elly Bradfield’s story about the scourge of ice in her beloved home town of St George was beautifully crafted, insightful and compelling. She tackled a difficult subject with sensitivity and a genuine desire to understand the issue from all angles, interviewing a former addict, a police officer, the local hospital medical superintendent, and a community worker who was also the mother of an ice user, to discover the emotional, financial and physical toll of the drug on individuals and the wider community. Elly employed a range of devices to make superb use of the medium, including music, natural sound and innovative editing. The end result was powerful, authentic and touching. This is the art of audio storytelling.”

    Radio – News Report

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Isobel Roe, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Oakey contamination scare

    Finalists

    • Kallee Buchanan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queensland vets charged over Hendra Virus
    • Nick Wiggins, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, LNP Leadership Spill

    Judges’ comments:

    “Isobel Roe’s report into contamination near the Oakey Army Base displayed initiative, perseverance and the ability to establish and maintain contacts in the local community. The radio reports are newsworthy, well-written and well presented. The exclusive angles were followed by other media, and the story has become a national issue. The journalist was also able to communicate a complex story within the constraints of a radio report, and include personal stories of those affected.”

    Regional & Community – Print/ Text: News Report

    Sponsored by Ipswich City Council

    Winner

    • Grace Mason, The Cairns Post, Member Exposed

    Finalists

    • Adam Davies, Joel Gould, Australian Regional Media, Reckless Jo
    • Andrew Potts, Paul Weston, Wayne Watson, Gold Coast Bulletin, Trojan Council

    Judges’ comments:

    “The judges were highly impressed by the strong standard of work by regional journalists. All three finalists were worthy of merit and demonstrate the power of regional contacts in breaking stories of statewide significance. Grace Mason’s entry Member Exposed was a genuine exclusive with serious political ramifications. On a day a State MP was cleared of allegations of domestic violence, her article revealed a new investigation into inappropriate text messages. This was outstanding work, followed extensively by other media outlets, and with the potential to bring down the government of the day. The judges particularly commended the Gold Coast team of Andrew Potts and Paul Weston for the entry Trojan Council and recognised their extensive research and comprehensive coverage exposing issues with wider implications for regional communities.”

    Regional & Community – Broadcast Report

    Sponsored by Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance

    Winner

    • Elly Bradfield, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, St George’s ice struggle

    Finalists

    • Allyson Horn, ABC News Townsville, Regional Queensland: Body of work
    • Mary McCarthy, ABC Sunshine Coast , Queensland authorities powerless to stop rising land clearing rates

    Judges’ comments:

    “In a high-quality field with a very healthy number of entries from across Queensland, Elly Bradfield’s mini-documentary “St George’s Ice Struggle” is an exceptional example of broadcast journalism. Within seconds, Elly hooks you in with her personal connection to and childhood memories of this town, and the hint of a dark underbelly about to be revealed, then by subverting her narrative from “me” and “I” to powerful use of the word “you”, she forces you to consider that this is not just a story about one town, that it could be playing out somewhere near you. Elly demonstrates lavish and complex use of sound – often just a few seconds of something (eg the bakery, the pub) to create a mental image – and a high quality grasp of radio production. Natural sound, well-chosen music, Elly’s clever storytelling and a range of voices (honest, open and compelling) are woven together seamlessly to bring the story alive, to take you into this community, to create an eye-opening, emotional and informative insight. The judges congratulate Elly Bradfield on winning the 2016 Clarion for Regional/Community Broadcast Report.”

    Regional & Community – Print /Text: Feature Article or Opinion

    Sponsored by Council on the Ageing (COTA)

    Winner

    • Vani Naidoo, APN Australian Regional Media, Pucker up for progress, Giving the homeless hope,& Laying cancer bare

    Finalists

    • Sherele Moody, APN Australian Regional Media, Learning to live life in the face of death
    • Kylie Bartholomew, Annie Gaffney, ABC Sunshine Coast , Queensland kindergarten gives toy gun licences to kids

    Judges’ comments:

    “Vani Naidoo was the standout winner in this category for her well-written and moving feature articles on breast cancer, mental illness and homelessness. Vani showed great skill in dealing with these complex issues in a sensitive manner, offering a range of voices and perspectives on the topics she covered. She also showed immense talent in her writing style, crafting beautifully written pieces that were very moving for the reader. Her article on young mother Lana Rhodes and the challenges she has faced following a double mastectomy (beautifully illustrated by Mike Richards) was an extraordinary piece of journalism.”

    Regional & Community – News Photograph

    Sponsored by Clovely Wine Estate

    Winner

    • Glenn Hampson, Gold Coast Bulletin, Pot of Gold

    Finalists

    • Marc McCormack, Cairns Post, Running Man
    • Anna Rogers, Cairns Post, Punched

    Highly Commended

    • Alistair Brightman

    Judges’ comments:

    “The entries were of an extremely high standard with entrants showing an acute understanding of their community to give themselves the best opportunity to capture the shot. Glen used his knowledge of the Gold Coast surf and in his own words “a large slice of luck’’ to photograph a stunning image that judges were unanimous was the clear winner. The image was well composed and he executed the shot at the right angle to enhance the light of the sun and hint of the rainbow to perfectly capture the weather event.”

    Television – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary

    Sponsored by Queensland Police Union

    Winner

    • Mark Willacy, Ben Hawk, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Into the Zone

    Finalists

    • Chris Allen, Allan O’Brien, Nine Network, Cage Boy
    • Josh Bavas, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Body of Work – Outback Dinos

    Highly Commended

    • Heidi Rexa

    Judges’ comments:

    “The standard of entries in this category was incredibly high and the content very diverse; however ‘Into the Zone’ was the unanimous choice for the judging panel. Mark Willacy’s return to Fukushima, five years after a tsunami swamped the local nuclear plant resulted in a standout piece of investigative journalism that stays with the viewer long after the piece concludes. Willacy and his producer Ben Hawke were given unique access to the facility and revealed for the first time that the operator of the plant is yet to pinpoint the exact location of the 600-plus tonnes of nuclear fuel that melted in the disaster. The haunting account of the disaster through the eyes of elderly locals juxtaposed with the harsh scientific evident delivered a well-written, well-researched real life horror story with significant impact.”

    Television – The John Bean Award for News and Current Affairs Camerawork

    Sponsored by Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Winner

    • Luke Dorrington, Seven Network, North Queensland Drought

    Finalists

    • Jonathan Lea, Network Ten- Eyewitness News, The Cuban Question
    • Craig McDonald, Seven West Media, A cross section of Townsville News

    Judges’ comments:

    “We congratulate all the entrants this Year and are happy to see entries from regional areas. Even though the numbers were down on previous years, the standard of entries are up to the high standard we expect. Special mention must be made of one of our finalists this year. Jonathan lea who is predominately a journalist, has made the transition to being a VJ(video Journalist) The combining of two skills is a tough task and is now a growing trend in the industry. It is hoped that next year we will have a separate category for this growing sector of the media. To this year’s winner of the John Bean Award. This work demonstrates all the skills needed to tell a story with pictures: to be innovative and resourceful, while at the same time, meeting the daily demands of the turnaround required in the instant news environment. Again encouragement is given to all cinematographers to enter their work in the future.”

    Television News Report

    Sponsored by Queensland University of Technology – Creative Industries

    Winner

    • Darren Curtis, Nine Network, Jakarta Bombing

    Finalists

    • Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News, Solomons ‘disaster’ gold mine
    • Max Futcher, Andrew Currie, Paula Doneman, Seven Network, Tinny Terror

    Judges’ comments:

    “The calibre of entries in this year’s TV News Report category was exceptional. The judges feel the bar has been raised dramatically and the diversity of the work entered shows enormous depth in Queensland broadcast journalism. From breaking news events to in-depth investigations into international matters of national importance, the standard of the entries made selecting a winner extremely difficult. The winner in this category covered a significant international event but with the in-depth research and mastery of technology that lifted it beyond a breaking news report. It was informative and compelling, and showed great tenacity in the details Curtis was able to uncover.”

    Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

    Sponsored by The University of Queensland

    Winner

    • Kay McGrath, Seven Network

    2016 Queensland Journalist of the year     

    Sponsored by Griffith University

    Winner

    • Sarah Elks, The Australian

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