The Older People Speak Out Media Awards for 2016 – 2017 are now open for nominations.

The 2016 – 2017 national OPSO Media Awards are for nomination of items featuring positive coverage of Seniors and their issues, published or broadcast between the 3rd October 2016 and 26 September 2017.

Entries close 29th September 2017 – late entries will not be accepted.

The Awards are in two sections, National Awards are open to members of the Media (including journalism students), and People’s Choice Awards are open to members of the public only.

Entries form for the Journalists can be downloaded here Media Awards Entry Form’17  and the Peoples Choice Entry Form here. and emailed to mediaawards@opso.com.au or sent by post to:

OPSO Media Awards
PO Box 1037
Mt. Gravatt  QLD 4122

We have requested on the entry form this year a link to your article if available.  However for print entries, please provide an original page or high-quality scan or photocopy; for photographs, an A4 colour print; and for audio and television, a CD or DVD must be provided.  

The online entry Submit Now page

Judging criteria for awards

  • Overall impact of report or image
  • Quality of reporting or photography
  • Clarity of language or image
  • Accuracy of detail or acuity of image
  • Memorability or influence of report or image

CATEGORIES

An entry may be submitted for one category only. An entry submitted to be considered for multiple categories will only have the first nominated category considered.

An entry may be submitted for either Metropolitan or Rural, not both. An entry submitted to be considered for both Metropolitan and Rural will only have the first ‘area’ considered.   The nominated category by the journalist will be accepted as final.

  1. Best coverage of Aged Care
  • All media (metropolitan) – $ 750 and trophy
  • All media (rural, regional & community) – $ 750 and trophy

This award is presented for positive coverage of issues and experiences of those involved in Aged Care, either as providers or consumers. Uncomfortable realities should be treated in a manner which exposes or moves the issue along in a way that helps create positive action or attention while demonstrating reporting excellence. It is open to print, broadcast, online and agency news media personnel or freelance operatives based in either metropolitan or other regions.

  1. Best photo spread, photo series, body of work or gallery of images that depicts older Australians in a positive manner
  • All media (metropolitan) – $750 and trophy
  • All media (rural, regional & community) – $750 and trophy

This award is presented for the image or collection of images that best chronicles the spirit of older Australians in a constructive, engaging way while demonstrating a high level of photographic skill. It is open to print, broadcast, online and agency news media photographers or freelance operatives based in either metropolitan or other regions.

  1. Best coverage of a controversial issue affecting older people
  • All media (metropolitan) – $750 and trophy
  • All media (rural, regional & community) – $750 and trophy

This award is presented for a news story that not only captures and reports an issue of significant importance to older Australians but also exposes or moves an issue along in a way that helps create positive action or attention while demonstrating reporting excellence. It is open to print, broadcast, online and agency news media personnel or freelance operatives based in either metropolitan or other regions.

  1. Best feature story illustrating positive ageing
  • All media (metropolitan) – $1000 and trophy
  • All media (rural, regional & community) – $1000 and trophy.

This award is presented for a feature-length story that best captures the spirit of positive ageing for older Australians. This feature should not only impress but also influence. It will have impact beyond older Australians themselves, as it will deftly reflect the reality of the issue being covered while maintaining the highest level of journalistic professionalism. It is open to print, broadcast, online and agency news media personnel or freelance operatives based in either metropolitan or other regions,

       5.  Best coverage of Cultural Diversity

  • All media (metropolitan) – $500 and trophy
  • All media (rural, regional & community) – $500 and trophy.

This award is presented for positive coverage of issues and experiences related to the cultural diversity of modern Australia. The focus should be on positive ageing for the older generations. It is open to print, broadcast, online and agency news media personnel or freelance operatives based in either metropolitan or other regions.

      6. Most effective newsletter or communications vehicle for older Australians

  • All platforms (print, online, iPad, community radio, email or community TV) – special trophy (no money)

This award is presented to the organisation or individual producing a regular newsletter or series of communication activities that best resonates with older Australians, reflecting their interests, needs and challenges. The content will be constructive, well-rounded and sensitive to issues that impact older Australians on a day-to-day basis, offering sound advice, solutions and resources.

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OPSO People’s Choice Award

YOU COULD WIN $1000!

Entries for The People’s Choice Award are open to members of the public only.

Your entry is nominating the best positive ageing news article and/or photographic by a journalist. We invite you to help us identify the media portraying older people positively.

Find the best positive ageing news article and/or photographic journalism from an Australian newspaper or magazine, published between 3rd October 2016 and 29 September 2017 and you could win $1000.

You could also win $1000 by telling us in 50 words or less why you believe the article you chose illustrates an excellent example of positive ageing.

Please note that the journalist/s responsible for creating the winning item will also be awarded a trophy and $500.

To enter, please go to the Submit Now page to download the entry form.

Media Awards 2017 to be held at the GOMA Building, South Brisbane on 13th November 2017