The National Rural Press Club congratulates all Australian journalists on their awards with special mention to National Rural Press Club Members Brett Worthington and Lucy Barbour for their success in taking out major prizes on the world stage of agricultural journalism.Australia’s best rural broadcasters and photographers have taken out major prizes at this year’s International Federation of Agricultural Journalists awards .
The ABC’s Canberra-based reporter Brett Worthington won the 2020 IFAJ Star Prize for Digital Media for his brilliant multi-platform entry “ Popping Prosecco’s Bubble” which was published and broadcast by ABC News .
Townsville-based freelance photo-journalist Fiona Lake won the 2020 IFAJ Star Prize for Photography for her exquisitely-composed aerial image of a bullock team , published by Queensland Country Life .
Fiona’s entry also won the Nature/Landscape category .
Matt Turner took first place in the People category of the 2020 Star photography competition for his marvellous image of young South Australian winemakers , published in the Advertiser’s SA Weekend magazine .The awards were announced overnight in Denmark during the closing sessions of this year’s IFAJ Congress – staged online because of the covid-19 restrictions .
ACAJ President Pete Lewis congratulated Brett , Fiona and Matt on their stunning entries and their success against the best Ag journalism and photography from among the IFAJ’s 54 member nations .
“ It is terrific to see such outstanding Australian work recognised as the world’s best , particularly given how tough things are right now for so many of our journalism colleagues across regional and rural areas .”
“ These stories and photographs join a long list of ACAJ winners in the premier annual international rural journalism awards .”
ABC Rural Reporter Lucy Barbour was runner-up in the 2020 IFAJ Video category for her ABC-TV News story on town’s running out of water in the drought , while Cloncurry-based freelance photographer and grazier Jacqueline Curley was judged runner-up in the Production category of the photographic competition for her poignant image from the catastrophic weather event in North West Queensland early last year , published in Graziher magazine .
The ACAJ acknowledges the support of specialist rural lender Rabobank , Ag tour operator Quadrant Tours and our state and territory rural press clubs for their continued recognition of excellence in rural journalism .