2015 PANPA NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Newspaper Works tonight announced the winners in the PANPA 2015 Newspaper of the Year Awards at a gala event held at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel.

More than 400 guests gathered to learn which of more than 700 entries – spanning print and digital newspaper publishing, photography, publishing innovation and print and production – would be judged best of the best.

Major daily and weekend mastheads from Australia and New Zealand took part, with numerous entries from the wider Asia-Pacific region as well.

A mix of panels and independent judges oversaw this year’s Newspaper of the Year and Advertising & Marketing awards (winners in the latter were announced last night.) No category had fewer than three judges and overall almost 90 judges volunteered their time.

“Our judges overwhelmingly remarked on the high quality of journalism and the diversity of entertaining, provocative and often courageous ways in which newspaper media is engaging audiences,” said The Newspaper Works chief executive Mark Hollands.

“This ability to authoritatively connect, inform and entertain has never been more important at a time when audiences have limitless choice in content and means of accessing it.

“I congratulate all the finalists and winners on their outstanding work, and thank our judges for contributing their time and expertise. Their commitment underscores the importance of newspaper media to our societies.”

The awards announcement culminated two days of inspiration, ideas and evidence at the Future Forum, with wide-ranging discussion on how newspaper media is finding new ways to engage readers; build sustainable commercial models; and equip the industry’s talented executives to flourish.

The 2015 PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards were sponsored by Norske Skog. The $10,000 Hegarty Award Scholarship for outstanding young news publishing executive, and the popular photography category, were sponsored by Media Super. Print categories were sponsored by DIC, and Digital categories by Newscycle.

View the 2015 Newspaper of the Year Awards presentation here.

THE FULL LIST OF 2015 PANPA NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR AWARDS WINNERS:

 

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Daily Newspaper of the Year

Community
The Gympie Times – APN News & Media

Regional
Newcastle Herald – Fairfax Media

National/Metropolitan
The New Zealand Herald – NZME.


Weekend Newspaper of the Year (OPEN)

The Weekend Australian – News Corp Australia


Non-daily Newspaper of the Year

Community
The City – Messenger Newspapers

Regional
Queensland Country Life – Fairfax Media


PHOTOGRAPHY

Portrait

Community
Dean Finlay – Jon Hewson, Mandurah Coastal Times

Regional
Beauty Redefined – Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury

National / Metropolitan
Adam Houda – Nicolas Walker, Good Weekend Magazine, Fairfax Media


Features and Lifestyle

Community
The Giants – Andrew Ritchie, Western Suburbs Weekly, Community Newspaper Group

Regional
Fields Of Fire – Adam Hourigan, Daily Examiner

National / Metropolitan
Legends of the Small Screen – David Caird, News Corp Australia (Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Mail)


Sport

Community
Jessica Whiting – Jon Hewson, Mandurah Coastal Times

Regional
Dive – Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post

National / Metropolitan
Blue Water Classic – Sydney Hobart Race 2014 – Brett Costello, Daily Telegraph


News

Community
Dramatic Water Rescue – Simon Maude, North Shore Times, New Zealand

Regional
How do you tell him? – Glenn Hampson, Gold Coast Bulletin

National / Metropolitan (TIE)
Dramatic Water Rescue – Simon Maude, stuff.co.nz
Sydney’s Sea of Love – Toby Zerna, Courier-Mail and dailytelegraph.com.au


ENVIRONMENT (OPEN)
1-Degree’s Recycling Expo – News Corp Australia


TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

Single-width

Community
Sharp Daily (Taiwan) – Apple Daily Publications

Regional
Herdsman Print Centre – Harvey-Waroona Reporter, West Australian Newspapers

National / Metropolitan
Apple Daily (Hong Kong) – Apple Daily Publications


Double-width

Community
Frankston Times – Border Mail Print Centre, Albury, Fairfax Media

Regional
Illawarra Mercury – Canberra Print & Distribution Centre, Fairfax Media

National / Metropolitan
South China Morning Post, Hong Kong


Pre-print or Supplement (OPEN)

Lifestyles of the 50+ – Tamworth Print Centre, Fairfax Media


Print Centre of the Year (OPEN)

Yandina Print Centre, APN News & Media

DIGITAL

Best Mobile Site/App (OPEN)

The Age iPad App – The Age


Best Niche / Specialty App or Microsite (OPEN) 

#SnapSydney – NewsLocal, News Corp Australia


Innovation of the Year (OPEN) 

Story of Gallipoli – The Age, Fairfax Media


News Site of the Year

Community
The Maitland Mercury (www.maitlandmercury.com.au)

Regional
Newcastle Herald (www.herald.com.au)

National / Metropolitan
The Advertiser, Adelaide (www.advertiser.com.au)


HEGARTY INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP

Best Young Executive Under 35

Jared Savage – The New Zealand Herald, NZME.

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