OPSO Media Awards Winners 2015

The Winners of the Older People Speak Out (OPSO) Media Awards were announced at an Awards Ceremony held on the evening of 16 November 2015 at the State Library Auditorium, Brisbane Queensland. The Winners of the 2014-2015 OPSO Media Awards are:

National Awards

Best coverage of Aged Care – All media (metropolitan) – $1000 and trophy

The 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 metropolitan regions.

Winner – Leanne Edmistone

Special Award – Karen Hitchcock

Best coverage of Aged Care – All media (rural, regional & community) – $1000 and trophy.

The 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 other regions.

Winner – Manika Dodson

Best photo spread, photo series, body of work or gallery of images that depicts older Australians in a positive manner – All media (metropolitan) – $500 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.

Winner – Karleen Minney

Best photo spread, photo series, body of work or gallery of images that depicts older Australians in a positive manner – All media (rural, regional & community) – $500 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  metropolitan regions.

Winner – Ken Eastwood/Therese Hall

Most outstanding image of an older Australian – All media (metropolitan) – $500 and trophy.

This award is presented for the single image that captures not only the spirit of positive ageing but also the reality of the subject. It will be a conversation-starter, a magnet for the story it illustrates and it will demonstrate photographic excellence. It is open to print, broadcast, online and agency news media photographers or freelance operatives based in metropolitan regions.

Winner – Nic Ellis

Most outstanding image of an older Australian – All media rural, regional & community) – $500 and trophy.

This award is presented for the single image that captures not only the spirit of positive ageing but also the reality of the subject. It will be a conversation-starter, a magnet for the story it illustrates and it will demonstrate photographic excellence. It is open to print, broadcast, online and agency news media photographers or freelance operatives based in other regions.

Winner – Bruce Hunt

Most effective news story on an issue relative to older Australians – All media (metropolitan) – $500 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 metropolitan regions.

Winner -Emily Fardoulys

Highly Commended – Pat McGrath

Most effective news story on an issue relative to older Australians – All media (rural, regional & community) – $500 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 other regions.

Winner – Dianne Dempsey

Best feature story illustrating positive ageing – All media (metropolitan) – $500 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 metropolitan regions.

Winner – Liz Pape

Special Award – Karen Martin

Highly Commended – Michaela Andreyev

Highly Commended – Tony Ryan

Best feature story illustrating positive ageing – All media (regional, rural & community) – $500 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.

Winner – Ken Eastwood

Best coverage of Cultural Diversity – All media (Metropolotan) – $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.

Winner –  Eadie Hancock – Editor

Winner – Leanne Edmistone

Best coverage of Cultural Diversity – 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 other regions.

Winner – Chris Wisbey

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.

Winner – Cheryl Field

Peoples Choice

Category 1 – Choose a media item from the last year (16 September 2014 – 3 October 2015) that illustrates positive ageing and, in forty (40) words or less, tell us why the item should win an award – $1,000 and trophy

Winner – Vivienne Cole

The Journalist will also win an Award and $500

Winners – Photographer  Jack Tran,  Journalist Leanne Edminstone

Category 2 – Nominating the best Positive Ageing News Article and/or Positive Ageing Photographic Journalism

(A picture telling its own story) – $1,000 and trophy”

Winner – Tim Nolan