PANPA awards finalists: 'Best ever'

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Finalists have been named for this year’s NPA/PANPA Newspaper of the Year awards, due to be presented at a gala dinner in Sydney on August 26.

The Newspaper Publishers’ Association says 53 judges from North and South America, Europe, the UK and Asia – as well as Australia and New Zealand – contributed to judging the awards, which focus on newspapers, websites, photography, marketing and excellence in print and production.

Chief executive Mark Hollands says participation has been outstanding with more than 600 entries were received.

“The standard just gets better,” he says. “Many judges who have taken part in similar industry awards have said this is the highest standard of entry they have seen.
“That says much about the professionalism of our industry.”

There are now 64 awards categories, each of which was considered by between two to five judges.

MC at the presentation dinner – at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont – will be Shelly Horton of Fairfax Media, with entertainment from comedian Jonathan Biggins and dance band PartyVibe. Organisers point out that the ticket price includes five hours of beverages.

Finalists are:

Newspaper of the Year

90k+ daily
The Advertiser (Adelaide)
Courier Mail
The Australian
Daily Telegraph
Herald Sun
Manly Daily
New Zealand Herald
Sydney Morning Herald
West Australian

90k+ non-daily
The Aucklander
News Review Messenger
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
Sydney’s Child

25-90k daily
Border Mail
Canberra Times
Dominion Post
Fiji Times
Geelong Advertiser
Herald, Newcastle
Mercury, Hobart
Otago Daily Times
Townsville Bulletin
Wall St Journal Asia

25-90k non-daily
Burwood Scene
Campbelltown Macarthur Chronicle
Country News
Eastern Courier Messenger
Guardian Express
Knox Leader
Lake Times
The Land
Southern Times Messenger
Weekly Times
Wentworth Courier
Western Suburbs Weekly

10-25k daily
Bay of Plenty Times
The Courier, Ballarat
Daily Post
Hawke’s Bay Today
NT News
Shepparton News
The Standard, Victoria
Sunshine Coast Daily
Timaru Herald
Wanganui Chronicle

10-25k non-daily
Busselton Dunsborough Times
Courier, South Australia
Mountain Scene
SN Weekly
South Western Times
Stock Journal

0-10k daily
Daily Examiner
Northland Age
Kalgoorlie Miner
Morning Bulletin
Gladstone Observer

0-10k non-daily
Australian Jewish News
Border Watch
Centralian Advocate
North West Telegraph
Geraldton Guardian
Kiama Independent
Mossman and Port Douglas Gazette
Riverine Herald
South Coast Register
Stock and Land

Sunday Newspaper of the Year
Herald on Sunday, NZ
Sunday Times, Perth
Sunday Herald Sun
Sunday Mail, Queensland
Sunday Star Times

News Site of the Year


Fairfax Community Network
Morning Bulletin
Mountain Scene

Specialist Site of the Year
Essential Baby, Fairfax Digital
Local Footy SA, Messenger
The Vine, Fairfax Digital
STOMP, Singapore Press Holdings

Innovation in Digital Publishing
AFL ap –
Football Kaki – New Paper, Singapore
iPad app – The Australian
My Career iPhone ap – The Age
RazorTV – Singapore Press Holdings
Sport & Style iPad – Fairfax Digital

Marketing – Branding
One entry

The Age – Business Day re-launch
Herald Sun – National Features
Leader Newspapers – Brand re-launch
Sun-Herald – City2Surf
Sydney Morning Herald – Sport & Style iPhone app
Sydney Morning Herald – International Food Festival

Dominion Post – A Fresh Look
Fairfield Advance – iPhone Promotion
Geelong Advertiser – Blue & White Edition
Illawarra Mercury – Babies 2009
Mercury, Hobart – Nothing Comes Between Me and My Mercury

Nelson Mail – Sayings
Rouse Hill Times – Business Achiever Awards
Shepparton News – Start Your Weekend with the Weekend News
South Western Times – Times Life

Fiordland Advocate – Stick With Us
Courier, Narrabri – Re-brand

Marketing – Cause Related
New Zealand Herald – At home with the Herald
Leader Newspapers – Feed Melbourne
West Australian Newspapers – Telethon
Courier-Mail – Anti-bullying

One entry.

Nelson Mail – Aim High
Bay of Plenty Times – Photo Auction
South Western Times – Community Fund

Fiordland Advocate – ANZAC Poppies
Fiordland Advocate – Pink Ribbon Campaign

Marketing – Circulation

The Age – Tropfest DVD
Courier Mail and Sunday Mail - $100,000 Scrabble
Courier Mail and Sunday Mail – Subscriber Advantage
Courier Mail and Sunday Mail – NRL Collector Cards
New Zealand Herald – Red Bulletin
Sunday Mail – State of Origin
Sunday Mail – Melbourne Cup
Sydney Morning Herald – Tropfest DVD
Sydney Morning Herald – 12 Days of iTunes Christmas
Sydney Morning Herald – Leunig Calendar and Cards

Dominion Post – Easy Ride
Geelong Advertiser – Blue and White Edition
Gold Coast Bulletin – Classic Combi
Sunday Tasmanian – eGuide
Weekly Times – 140 Years of the Weekly Times

Nelson Mail – WoW
Bay of Plenty Times – Top Café Club

Marketing – Classified Advertising

New Zealand Herald – Club 1000 Tahiti
New Zealand Herald – Career 10
Sunday Herald Sun – Love Book
Sydney Morning herald – Domain Vendor DVD

Illawarra Mercury – Babies of 2009
Mercury, Hobart – Little Ads, BIG IMPACT

Timaru Herald – Salesman
Wanganui Chronicle – Arts Page

Marketing – Display Advertising

The Age – The Paw
The Age – Beer Case Study
Cumberland Courier – Shop Local and Win
Herald on Sunday – Hour Long Letter

Geelong Advertiser – Blood Toyota
Dominion Post – Wellingtonians Get It
Mt Druitt – St Mary’s Standard – My Family Supplement

Bay of Plenty Times – The Year That Was
Nelson Mail – Sale
Nelson Mail – Free Brains

Marketing – Events

The Age – Epicure
The Age – Good Food Guide Awards
Straits Times – Fashion Week
Sun-Herald – Run4Fun
Sun-Herald – City2 Surf
Sydney Morning Herald – Transport Enquiry
Sydney Morning Herald – NSW Wine Week

Gold Coast Bulletin – GC Honours
Illawarra Mercury – Bluescope Youth Band Competition
Macarthur Chronicle – Macarthur Debate

Bay of Plenty Times – Christmas Lights Trail
The Chronicle, Toowoomba – Footy Tips
Shepparton News – Biggest Ever Blokes BBQ
Wanganui Chronicle – Round the Bridges

Marketing – Sponsorship

The Age – Melbourne Racing Club
Herald-Sun – Titanic
New Zealand Herald – Fashion Week

Geelong Advertiser – Geelong Cats
Illawarra Mercury – St George Dragons
Illawarra Mercury – Wollongong Hawks
Lake Times – Convoy
New Paper – Nights on Bugis St
Nine to Five – What’s On Your Mind?

Bay of Plenty Times – Wine and Food Festival
Shepparton News – Pink Ribbon Fund Raiser
South Western Times – Eisteddfod

Marketing – Young Readers

One entry

The Age – The Age Super Quiz
APN Newspapers in Education – Dive In and Read
Herald Sun – Discovery Atlas

Otago Daily Times – Class Act
Mercury, Hobart – Attitude
Illawarra Mercury – Young Readers

South Western Times – Youth Express-Times Tiger
The Courier, Ballarat – Where is it? 2009

Newspaper Photograph of the Year



Alan Porritt, Australian Associated Press – PM Transition
Brett Costello, Daily Telegraph – Jessica Watson
Kent Blechynden, Dominion Post – Sledgehammer Man
Melissa Adams, Canberra Times – Police Stand-Off
Phil Hillyard, Daily Telegraph – Red Dawn
Phil Hillyard, Daily Telegraph – Julia Gillard Series
Phil Watter, Getty Images – Tsunami Devastation
Phil Reid, New Zealand Herald – Awaiting Death
Sarah Ivey, New Zealand Herald – Over The Hill And Into Retirement


Brent McGilvray, Northern District Times – Mega Michael
John Russell, Border Mail – Gerogery Fires
Paul Taylor, Hawke’s Bay Today – Gas Leak
Paul Taylor, Hawke’s Bay Today – Whale
Ray Sizer, Shepparton News – Helping Hand
Warren Buckland, Hawke’s Bay Today – Loud and Proud
Warren Buckland, Hawke’s Bay Today – Informed Source


Alan Gibson, New Zealand Herald – Para Fly
Chris Pavlich, mX – Dancer Ian Colless
Dean Purcell, New Zealand Herald – Samoa Dance
Janna Dixon, Herald on Sunday – Len Brown

Alan Place, Wentworth Courier – Boxing Old
Jason Edwards, Maroondah Leader – Sports Star
Justin Brierty, Centralian Advocate – Reptile
Kitty Hill, The Herald, Newcastle – Different
Kylie Pitt, Hawkesbury Courier – Nutt Rd, Cinders Limits
Matthew Sullivan, Penrith Press – Keeping the Faith
Nigel Hallett, Colac Herald – Heatwave
Simone De Peak, The Herald, Newcastle – Grovin’ the Mo
Will Russell, Western Suburbs Weekly – Food


Brett Phibbs, New Zealand Herald – Soccer Dive
Dallas Kilponen, Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney to Hobart yacht race
Greg Porteous, Australian Associated Press – Photo Finish
Kent Blechynden, Dominion Post – Ocean Swims
Hannah Johnston – Getty Images – Cross-Country Skiing
Hannah Johnston – Getty Images – Marathon Reflections
Mark Dadswell, Getty Images – Andy Murray
Mark Dadswell, Getty Images – Chris Woods
Mark Dadswell, Getty Images – Serena Williams Trophy
Phil Hillyard, Daily Telegraph – The Caddie
Quinn Rooney, Getty Images – Chloe Turner
Ross Giblin, Dominion Post – Mudmen
Toby Zerner, Daily Telegraph – Socceroos Agony
Vince Caligiuri, The Age - Federer

Carmelo Bazzano, Waverley Leader – Headless
Elenor Tedenborg, Lakes Times – Johnny Krishna
Geoff Jones, Hawkesbury Courier – The Big Men Fly
Joe Murphy, Parramatta Advertiser – World Title Fight
Justin Brierty, Centralian Advocate – The Preacher
Matthew Poon, Hills Gazette – Kayaker
Peter Gleeson, Port Macquarie News – Ironman
Warren Buckland, Hawke’s – Defiant


Adam Knott, The Australian
Babiche Martens, New Zealand Herald – Block Party
Jason Ho, TODAY – Autumn Fulfilment

Andrew Ritchie, Western Suburbs Weekly – Whale Shark
Jason Sammon, Bayside Leader – My Ball, My Patch


Greg Porteous, Australian Associated Press – Green Machine
Joe Armeo, The Age – John Olsen
Jason Ho, TODAY – Heir Heads
Jodie Richter, Courier Mail – Mr and Mrs MacGregor
Phil Hillyard, Daily Telegraph – Julia Gillard
Phil Watter, Getty Images – John Key

Andy Drewitt, Diamond Valley Leader – Dance Alone
David Clark, Gold Coast Bulletin – Fighting for a Future
Justin Brierty, Centralian Advocate – Mates
Mark Stewart, Waverley Leader – Celebrations
Paul Taylor, Hawke’s Bay Today – In The Gutter
Ray Sizer, Shepparton News – Bubbly Girl

Technical Excellence

Newspapers Printed on a Double-Width Press
Australian Financial Review
South China Morning Post
Southside Chronicle
West Australian

The Australian, June 8th
Canberra Times
Canterbury Bankstown Express
Fairfield Advance
North Shore Times
Penrith Press
Weekend Australian, 22-23 May
Weekend Australian 19-20 June

Australian Financial Review, Fairfax Media, Queensland
Comment News Armidale
Daily Advertiser
Gympie Times
Sunshine Coast Daily

Newspapers Printed on a Single-Width Press

One entry

The Land
Mandurah Mail
Otago Daily Mail
Sharp Daily

Australian Jewish News
Bay of Plenty Times
Daily Post
The Observer
Wee Waa News
Warwick Daily

Pre-Print or Supplement

Apple Daily
Canberra Times, Babies 2009
Canberrra Times, Heritage Festival 2009
Mandurah Mail, Harcourt Buyers Guide
Noosa Property, Select Noosa Property
South China Morning Post, Watch & Time Pieces
West Australian, Fresh
West Australian, Habitat

Innovation in Pre-Production Processes or Technology

The Age – New Insert Tool
Nationwide News – Imaging Workflow
Otago Daily Times – Ad Maker
Otago Daily Times – Digital Tearsheets
Sun-Herald – Harvey Norman 3D
Sydney Morning Herald – Toyota Transparent Wraparound

Environment, Health & Safety
The Age Print Centre
Fairfax Media
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