Media Awards 2015

Recognising excellence in reporting human rights issues in the Australian media.

entries now closed

Entries are now closed for the 2015 Amnesty International Australia Media Awards.

Entries are now closed for the 2015 Amnesty International Australia Media Awards.

Journalists and their producers and editors are encouraged to nominate stories broadcast or published between 1 August 2014 and 1 August 2015.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Sydney on 10 November.

A selection of esteemed Australian journalists are judging this year's awards. A panel of three will judge each of the six categories: print and online media, radio, television, photography, Indigenous media and cartoon.

Print and online media

John Bergin, News & Current Affairs Digital Editor, SBS

John Bergin

News & Current Affairs Digital Editor, SBS

Natasha Robinson, Senior Reporter, The Australian

Natasha Robinson

Senior Reporter, The Australian

Paul Mulvey, National Chief of Staff, Australian Associated Press

Paul Mulvey

National Chief of Staff, Australian Associated Press

Radio

Lissa McMillan, Planning Editor, SBS World News

Lissa McMillan

Planning Editor, SBS World News

Jamelle Wells, ABC TV, Senior Court Reporter

Jamelle Wells

ABC TV, Senior Court Reporter

James Carleton, Reporter and Producer, Radio National Breakfast

James Carleton

Reporter and Producer, Radio National Breakfast

Television

Monica Attard, Former ABC Russia correspondent, radio and TV broadcaster

Monica Attard

Former ABC Russia correspondent, radio and TV broadcaster

Stan Grant, International Editor and Anchor, Sky News

Stan Grant

International Editor and Anchor, Sky News

Peter Charley, Executive Producer, Al Jazeera English

Peter Charley

Executive Producer, Al Jazeera English

Photography

Stuart Hannagan, Vice President and Director of Photography, Getty Images

Stuart Hannagan

Vice President and Director of Photography, Getty Images

Stephen Dupont, Award‐winning Senior Photojournalist

Stephen Dupont

Award‐winning Senior Photojournalist

Mags King, Picture Editor, Fairfax

Mags King

Picture Editor, Fairfax

Indigenous media

Tanya Denning‐Orman, Channel Manager, National Indigenous Television

Tanya Denning‐Orman

Channel Manager, National Indigenous Television

Rhianna Patrick, Radio Presenter, ABC

Rhianna Patrick

Radio Presenter, ABC

Paul Wiles, News Director, Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association

Paul Wiles

News Director, Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association

Cartoon

Lindsay Foyle, Cartoonist, New Matilda

Lindsay Foyle

Cartoonist, New Matilda

Mick Horne, Freelance Cartoonist and Illustrator

Mick Horne

Freelance Cartoonist and Illustrator

Rolf Heimann, Cartoonist and Writer

Rolf Heimann

Cartoonist and Writer

Amnesty International Australia's Inaugural Media Awards ceremony was held in Sydney in October 2014.

Hosted by columnist and news anchor, Tracey Spicer, the event brought together a packed room of leading Australian journalists and media industry representatives.

Each year, the Media Awards recognises a case in crisis and the importance of a free press. The 2014 ceremony highlighted the plight of three media workers who were imprisoned in Egypt at the time: Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Recipients of last year's awards

  • Broadcast: "The Manus Solution", Four Corners ABC TV
  • Indigenous reporting: "Let's Talk Decolonisation", Brisbane Indigenous Media Association
  • Photojournalism: "Football in the Favelas", Sam Ruttyn, shot for News Corp's The Daily and Sunday Telegraph
  • Print/online: "The Immigration Department Data Breach", Oliver Laughland, Paul Farrell and Asher Wolf, The Guardian Australia
Sam Ruttyn celebrating his win in the Photojournalism category at the inaugural Awards, with host Tracey Spicer. © AI / Jane Dempster
Sam Ruttyn celebrating his win in the Photojournalism category at the inaugural Awards, with host Tracey Spicer. © AI / Jane Dempster

Entry into the Amnesty International Australia Media Awards 2015 is subject to the acceptance of these terms and conditions.

  1. All entries must be received no later than Monday 17 August 2015. Entries received after this closing date will not be accepted. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical other reason.
  2. You do not have to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to enter the awards.
  3. Entries must have been published or broadcast in an Australian media outlet, or in the Australian branch of an international outlet, between 1 August 2014 and 1 August 2015. Photography or Cartoon entries are also eligible if they have been publicly exhibited in Australia during the specified dates.
  4. The awards recognise excellence in journalism, not in advertising or advertorial.
  5. You must certify that your entry is your original work, although it may have undergone standard sub-editing procedures, and that it complies with all copyright and privacy requirements.
  6. Photojournalism entries may have had minor adjustments such as cropping; dodging; burning; eliminating dust on camera sensors or scratches on negatives; conversion to greyscale; or tone and color adjustments necessary for accurate reproduction. Photojournalism entries may not have had addition, rearranging or repetition of elements within the frame; removal of objects or shadows from the frame; correction of blemishes or photographic errors such as flares or red eyes; or deliberate or misleading photo manipulation.
  7. On your entry form, you must disclose if there have been any legal actions relating to your entry, including defamation and/or contempt of court, and/or any suppression orders made, and/or claims of plagiarism or inaccuracy.
  8. Self-published entrants must provide evidence of the work’s publication, such as a URL link, that must be live and publicly accessible from 1 August to 30 November 2015.
  9. Entry fee is $30 for student and freelance entries and $60 for all other entries. Note that this fee is not tax deductible. Amnesty International may waive the fee at their discretion for individual entrants.
  10. You can enter as many entries as you like. If entering more than once you must complete one form per entry with an additional entry fee.
  11. You may enter the same entry in more than one category if it fits the criteria for that category.
  12. Amnesty International reserves the right to reproduce your entry for the purposes of acknowledging winning entries or promoting the awards.
  13. Amnesty International Australia reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, these awards with or without prior notice due to reasons outside their control.
  14. Amnesty International Australia reserves the right at any time to change these terms and conditions.
  15. Amnesty International Australia reserves the right to verify the validity of all entries and reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at our sole discretion.
  16. Winners will be announced in November 2015 and winners’ names will be published with the winners' consent.
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