The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists hosts professional awards each year to recognise the leaders in Australia’s rural media sector.
These awards include:
Australian Star Prizes
- Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting, sponsored by Rabobank
- Australian Star Prize for Rural Writing
- Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography
Who can enter: Photographers and print/online/broadcast journalists – finalists are nominated by state rural media organisations affiliated with the ACAJ. Individuals cannot enter the IFAJ award direct – they must be selected by the ACAJ.
Entry criteria: Examples of published work to meet the categories of:
– Video: piece produced primarily for broadcast on television
– Radio: piece produced primarily for broadcast on radio
– Online broadcasting: web-based report produced primarily for broadcast via internet (must incorporate a video or audio component as a key element).
– Production – including photos of machinery or technical aspects of farming, plant and animal production, bio-energy etc
– No sub-categories
What is on offer:
* Broadcast award: The national winner will receive professional development in the form of a trip overseas to attend the annual the IFAJ Congress. The prize includes airfares and registration fees for congress only (pre and post congress tours not included).
* Print award: The national winner will receive professional development in the form of a trip overseas to attend the annual the IFAJ Congress. The prize includes airfares and registration fees for congress only (pre and post congress tours not included).
* Photography award: $1000 cash prize for the overall winner, provided by the ACAJ.
Entries close: Mid-March in most states, contact your state rural press club for details.
IFAJ-Alltech Young Leader in Rural Journalism
Who can enter: For young journalists (18-35 years) showing professional and leadership potential. Entrants must be members of their state rural media organisation, affiliated with the ACAJ.
Entry criteria: Examples of published work and written explanation of professional and leadership potential.
How does it work: The Australian winner progresses to international judging, where 10 entrants are selected from across the globe to attend a professional development Boot Camp at that year’s IFAJ Congress.
What is on offer: The 10 Young Leaders selected by the IFAJ each receive €1000 towards the cost of airfares and registration at the IFAJ congress (participation in the boot camp is free). Please visit www.ifaj-congress.org to find out more about the congress and registration fees.
Entries close: Friday, December 16.
*****Please note this is earlier than the date given on the IFAJ website to allow time for the ACAJ to review applications and select an Australian finalist. Australian applicants must enter using the ACAJ online form (not via the IFAJ website). click here for more information.
Each state rural press club holds its own annual awards – click here for contacts.