2016 Queensland Rural Media Awards - Winners

2016 winners with ACAJ President Genevieve McAulay (March 2016)

Excellence in Rural Journalism 2016

  • Print - Michael Madigan, Courier Mail for 'Beefing Up Welfare' (overall winner)
  • Radio - Craig Zonca, ABC Rural for ‘Qld Ag Minister on Sugar Legislation’
  • Television - Dominique Schwartz, ABC Television for ‘Unsoiling the Reef’
  • Online (multimedia) – Marty McCarthy, ABC Rural for ‘Drought Before & After’

Excellence in Rural Photography 2016

  • People – Brian Cassey from Cairns for 'Beef Farmers' (overall winner)
  • Landscape/nature - Paula Heelan from Clermont for 'Storm Passing'
  • Production – Brian Cassey from Cairns for 'Banana Farmer'


Rural Social Media 2016

  • Amanda Salisbury for her blog, 'Bush Babe of Oz'

2015 Queensland Rural Media Awards – Winners

2015 winners with former Queensland Agriculture Minister Hon. Bill Byrne MP (March 2015)


Excellence in Rural Journalism 2015

  • Print – Kate Stark from Queensland Country Life for “Prison Farm Breaks Cycle.”
  • Radio – Charlie McKillop from ABC Radio for “A Duty to be Kind in Halal Killing.”
  • Television – Kathy McLeish from ABC TV for “Bush Anger over Mining Laws (runner up)
  • Online (multimedia) – Marty McCarthy from ABC Radio for “Watermelon Virus Outbreak prompts a rethink of Australia’s Biosecurity Controls on Imported Seeds” (overall winner)


Excellence in Rural Photography 2015

  • People – Fiona Harding from the Townsville Bulletin for “Terry Nimble.” (overall winner)
  • Landscape/nature - Brian Cassey from Cairns for “Cyclone Destroys Indigenous Banana Venture.”
  • Production – Fiona Harding from the Townsville Bulletin for “Morning Mustering.”


Rural Social Media 2015

  • Jane Milburn form Milburn Media for “Sew It Again.”

2014 Queensland Rural Media Awards – Winners

Excellence in Rural Journalism

  • Print – Sue Neales, The Australian (runner up)
  • Radio – Charlie McKillop, ABC North Queensland
  • Television – Peter Lewis, ABC TV Landline
  • Online (multimedia) – Cassandra Hough, ABC Southern Queensland (overall winner)

Excellence in Rural Photography

  • People – Paula Heelan
  • Landscape/nature - Peter Scott (overall photography winner)
  • Production – Fiona Harding

Rural Social Media

  • Fiona Noakes – ‘Cattle Kids and Chaos’

2013 Queensland Rural Media Awards - Winners

Excellence in Rural Journalism

  • Radio – Nikolai Beilharz, ABC Rural
  • Print - Matthew Cranston, Australian Financial Review (overall winner)
  • Television - Kathy McLeish, 7.30 Queensland (runner up)

Special Judge's Award - Michael McKenna, The Australian

Excellence in Rural Photography

  • People – Lisa Clarke, ABC Open
  • Landscape – Paula Heelan, The Queensland Country Life
  • Production – Paula Heelan, The Queensland Country Life (overall winner)