Powerful depictions of the trauma and tragedy of asylum seekers were consistent winners in the annual Media Peace Awards, presented in Melbourne by the United Nations Association of Australia, Victoria Division. Complete list of winners attached.
Triple winner from last year, Steve Pennells of the West Australian, shared the Print News award with his riveting account of a refugee boat tragedy. Joining him as co-winners are The Australian’s John Lyons and Sylvie Le Clezio, with their powerful story of Palestinian children in detention.
The Age’s Michael Gordon won the Print Feature section for his revelation of suicides and self-harming among imprisoned refugees.
Asylum seekers demanding justice was the theme of the winning Radio News entry by the ABC’s Jane Bardon, while the Radio Documentary award went to Sharon Davis and Steven Tilley of 360 Documentaries for their account of how the combined military power of NATO failed to prevent more than 60 people dying on board a small boat.
The TV Current Affairs Award was won for the second year in a row by Yaara Bou Melhem, who worked with Geoff Parish and Garry McNab on SBS Dateline’s report ‘Revolutions: Rise & Fall’. The judges said it was world-class reportage, focusing on violent upheavals and providing insight into aspects of a conflict rarely seen or considered.
The astonishing slavishness of Australia towards the US during the Vietnam War is revealed in the Best TV Documentary, `All the Way’, by Anne Delaney, Toby Creswell and Paul Ham of November Films.
Matt Doran of Ten News took out the award for TV News with a report on human trafficking, arising from his close work with global organisations trying to stamp out this trade.
Alicia Hamilton, Matt Smith, Caroline Bartle, John MacFarlane, Poppy Stockell and Sandra Fonseca of SBS won the Online Award with ‘The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place’, an interactive report about Sydney’s infamous inner-city chunk of land steeped in Aboriginal culture, activism and hope.
A powerful report on suicides in a tiny Aboriginal community by Russell Skelton of The Age took out the Promotion of Aboriginal Reconciliation Award.
Winners of the Older Person Award are Mandy Lake and Margie Brown of Flickchicks Films for ‘The 100+ Club’ about the world’s only club for centenarians.
SBS TV’s Insight’s Jenny Brockie, Fanou Filali and Mawunyo Gbogbo won the Children’s Rights and Issues Award for ‘Generation XXX’ about a generation of young Australians growing up with pornography at their fingertips, with little or no restrictions.
The award for Increasing Awareness and Understanding of Women’s Rights and Issues went to Quentin McDermott, Peter Cronau and Mario Christodoulou, ABC TV Four Corners, for ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, which exposed how Australia fails to protect women and children in mortal danger and to prevent their partners' homicidal rage.
A stunning series of photos by Stuart McEvoy of The Australian caught the passion of women in PNG gathering to welcome laws promoting equality and parliamentary participation, then shocked by their failure, won the Photojournalism award.
Sport as a way to develop understanding across cultures was excellently explored in reports by Luke Waters of SBS World News Australia, winning the award for Promotion of Multicultural Issues.
Running for 33 years, the Media Peace Awards promote understanding and awareness by recognising media efforts to stimulate public debate on humanitarian and social justice issues and promote peace through conflict resolution, tolerance and understanding.
For further information please contact:
Patricia Collett (UNAA Victoria Executive Director)
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WINNERS – Major Award Categories
• Steve Pennells, The West Australian - ‘The Untold Story of the Asylum Boat Tragedy’
• John Lyons & Sylvie Le Clezio, The Australian - ‘Children in Detention’
• Michael Gordon, The Age - ‘In Harm’s Way’
TV NEWS(Sponsored by SBS)
• Matt Doran, Ten News - ‘Human Trafficking: Australia’s Modern-Day Slave Trade’
TV CURRENT AFFAIRS(Sponsored by SBS)
• Yaara Bou Melhem, Geoff Parish & Garry McNab, SBS TV Dateline - ‘Revolutions: Rise & Fall’
TV DOCUMENTARY (Sponsored by SBS)
• Anne Delaney, Toby Creswell & Paul Ham, November Films - ‘All the Way’
• Jane Bardon, ABC News Darwin - ‘Rage Against the Regime: Asylum Seekers Demand Justice’
• Sharon Davis & Steven Tilley, 360 Documentaries - ‘The Left to Die Boat’
• Stuart McEvoy, The Australian - ‘PNG Women’s Bill’
• Alicia Hamilton, Matt Smith, Caroline Bartle, John MacFarlane, Poppy Stockell & Sandra Fonseca, SBS - ‘The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place’
WINNERS – Special Award Categories
PROMOTION OF ABORIGINAL RECONCILIATION
(Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)
• Russell Skelton, The Age - ‘The Most Lethal Crisis of All’
PROMOTION OF POSITIVE IMAGES OF THE OLDER PERSON
• Mandy Lake & Margie Brown, Flickchicks Films - ‘The 100+ Club’
INCREASING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ISSUES
(Sponsored by the Victorian Government)
• Quentin McDermott, Peter Cronau & Mario Christodoulou, ABC TV Four Corners - ‘A Matter of Life and Death’
INCREASING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND ISSUES
• Jenny Brockie, Fanou Filali & Mawunyo Gbogbo, SBS TV Insight - ‘Generation XXX’
PROMOTION OF MULTICULTURAL ISSUES
(Sponsored by the Australian Multicultural Foundation & the Victorian Multicultural Commission)
• Luke Waters, SBS World News Australia - ‘Race Game’
• Special Commendation: Magica Fossati & Marina Freri, SBS Radio’s Italian Program - ‘Bye-Bye Italy : From Austerity to Australia’