The high professional standards of Queensland Country Press Association’s member newspapers was acknowledged at the Association’s annual Newspaper excellence Awards held at Redcliffe on Friday, October 6.

Some 50 delegates and guests attended the impressive awards presentations, which saw trophies and certificates handed out in 22 categories across advertising, journalism excellence, photography and overall newspapers.

Over 450 entries were received across the categories, and five judges provided  their professional assessment and comments.

Quality production proved a winner for “Noosa Today”, which took out awards for best newspaper over 10,000 circulation, best newspaper employing 2 or less journalists and most improved newspaper.

Boonah’s Fassifern Guardian took three major awards in Journalism Excellence and Michael Doyle of Dalby Herald won best news picture and best people picture awards.

Advertising awards were shared across the State, with the Rainbow Beach & Cooloola Coast Community News ‘ promotion of Rainbow Beach in New Zealand Herald winning the best community promotion.

Tori Johnson of The Western Star, Roma, was Advertising Sales Representative of the Year and Katherine Morris of South Burnett Times at Kingaroy was the Young Journalist of the year.

 

2017 ADVERTISING AWARDS

AWARD FOR BEST LOCALLY PRODUCED ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    SOUTH BURNETT TIMES – “My” Business series

                                                HINTERLAND TIMES- “The Terrace Seafood Restaurant”

THIRD PLACE:                     RAINBOW BEACH & COOLOOLA COAST COMMUNITY NEWS-

Surf Lifesaving Club “Relax” campaign

SECOND PLACE:                  RAINBOW BEACH & COOLOOLA COMMUNITY NEWS – IGA Supermarket

FIRST PLACE:                       HERBERT RIVER EXPRESS- Liqua Force Liquid Ezy 3.

 

AWARD FOR BEST LOCALLY PRODUCED PRINT ADVERTISEMENT

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    RAINBOW BEACH & COOLOOLA COMMUNITY NEWS –Join the Surf Club

                                                HINTERLAND TIMES- Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments

THIRD PLACE:                     HERVEY BAY INDEPENDENT – Bay Custom Designs

SECOND PLACE:                  HINTERLAND TIMES- Healthy Homewares

FIRST PLACE:                       MARYBOROUGH HERALD- McDonald’s Renovations in Progress

 

AWARD FOR BEST COMMUNITY PROMOTION

EQUAL THIRD PLACE:       THE BURDEKIN ADVOCATE- Cyclone Guide

                                                CHINCHILLA NEWS – Melon Festival

SECOND PLACE:                  THE OAKEY CHAMPION – We Love Oakey.

FIRST PLACE:                       RAINBOW BEACH & COOLOOLA COMMUNITY NEWS – Visit Rainbow Beach

 

AWARD FOR BEST HOUSE ADVERTISEMENT

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    THE OAKEY CHAMPION- We Love Oakey

                                                LONGREACH LEADER – Subscribe. Read the paper without leaving home.

HINTERLAND TIMES- Thinking of Selling your Home?

THIRD PLACE:                     LONGREACH LEADER – Drought Recovery Special

SECOND PLACE:                  SOUTH BURNETT TIMES- Where Can I Find ….

FIRST PLACE:                       HERVEY BAY OBSERVER – Are you being Heard?

 

AWARD FOR BEST COMMERCIAL FEATURE

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    SOUTHERN FREE TIMES- Snowflakes Festival

                                                NOOSA TODAY- Noosa Shire Shines

                                                THE NORTHERN MINER, CHARTERS TOWERS- Countdown to Christmas

THIRD PLACE:                     DALBY HERALD – Myall Medical Practice

SECOND PLACE:                  THE WESTERN STAR, ROMA- Maranoa Renovators Guide

FIRST PLACE:                       SURAT BASIN NEWS – “Movin’ It”

 

AWARD FOR BEST NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENT- RUN OF PRESS

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    ON OUR SELECTION – Storm Season.

                                                STANTHORPE BORDER POST – Football Grand Finals

                                                SOUTH BURNETT TIMES –  Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

EQUAL SECOND PLACE     THE NORTHERN MINER, CHARTERS TOWERS- “A place to call home”

                                                SOUTH BURNETT TIMES- South Burnett School News

FIRST PLACE:                       HERBERT RIVER EXPRESS- “Term 1”

 

AWARD FOR BEST NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENT- STAND ALONE

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    CENTRAL AND NORTH BURNETT TIMES – Truck Pull 2016 Safety Vest

OAKEY CHAMPION – 2016 School Formal

                                                DALBY HERALD – Ultimate Real Estate Guide

                                                STANTHORPE BORDER POST – 2017 Wall Planner

THIRD PLACE:                     WESTERN STAR, ROMA – Maranoa Renovators Guide

EQUAL SECOND PLACE:    CHINCHILLA NEWS – Step in the Right Direction

                                                GATTON, LOCKYER & BRISBANE VALLEY STAR – My School 2016

FIRST PLACE:                       DALBY HERALD – All Schools News 216

 

AWARD FOR BEST OF THE BEST SPECIAL PUBLICATION

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    THE NORTHERN MINER- 2017 Charters Towers Regional Holiday Guide

SOUTH BURNETT TIMES – Health Services Guide

CHINCHILLA NEWS – Western Warrego Travel Guide

EQUAL THIRD PLACE:       SOUTH BURNETT TIMES- Set of 3 district Mud Maps

                                                DALBY HERALD – 2017 Caricature Calendar

EQUAL SECOND PLACE:    GATTON, LOCKYER & BRISBANE VALLLEY STAR – 60 Years of News in the Valleys

                                                THE WESTERN STAR, ROMA – Surat Basin Living

FIRST PLACE:                       CHINCHILLA NEWS – The Breeders Way

 

ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR:

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    SAMANTHA WANTLING, Stanthorpe Border Post

                                                KAREN MUIR, The Hinterland Times

SECOND PLACE:                  CAROL MANSFIELD, Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star

FIRST PLACE:                       TORI JOHNSON, The Western Star, Roma

 

AWARD FOR BEST OVERALL ADVERTISEMENT

THIRD PLACE:     MARYBOROUGH HERALD- McDonald’s Renovations in Progress

SECOND PLACE:  HERVEY BAY OBSERVER – Are you being Heard?

FIRST PLACE:       HERBERT RIVER EXPRESS- Liqua Force Liquid Ezy 3.

 

JOURNALISTIC  EXCELLENCE

OVERALL JOURNALISTIC EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR A NEWSPAPER – WEIGHTED

THIRD PLACE:                     THE NORTHERN MINER, CHARTERS TOWERS

SECOND PLACE:                  DALBY HERALD.

FIRST PLACE:                       FASSIFERN GUARDIAN

 

OVERALL JOURNALISTIC EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR A NEWSPAPER – OPEN

THIRD PLACE:                     BOWEN INDEPENDENT

SECOND PLACE:                  WHITSUNDAY TIMES

FIRST PLACE:                       FASSIFERN GUARDIAN

 

OVERALL JOURNALISTIC EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR AN INDIVIDUAL JOURNALIST

THIRD PLACE:                     MARGIE MacCOLL, Noosa Today

SECOND PLACE:                  WILL HUNTER, South Burnett Times

FIRST PLACE:                       CHRISTIAN BERECHREE, The Western Star, Roma/South Burnett Times, Kingaroy

 

AWARD FOR THE YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    KELSIE IORIO, The Burdekin Advocate

THIRD PLACE:                     MICHAEL DOYLE, Dalby Herald

SECOND PLACE:                  TOBI LOFTUS, Central & North  Burnett Times

FIRST PLACE:                       KATHERINE MORRIS, South Burnett Times

 

AWARD FOR THE BEST EDITORIALS:

                                                FASSIFERN GUARDIAN.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

BEST NEWS PICTURE

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    WILL HUNTER, South Burnett Times – “Art on the Road”

                                                MICK EMERY, Rainbow Beach & Cooloola Community News – “Drivers Bitten”

THIRD PLACE:                     NONI RUTHERFORD, Longreach Leader – “Budding Troubadour”

SECOND PLACE:                  MICHAEL NOLAN, South Burnett Times – “Best cheque in 60 years of Farming”

FIRST PLACE:                       MICHAEL DOYLE, Dalby Herald – “How could this have happened?

 

BEST SPORTS PICTURE

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    CALLUM DICK, South Burnett Times – “Speedway Day”        

                                                MICHAEL NOLAN, South Burnett Times – “Cherbourg Rodeo”

THIRD PLACE:                     JEREMY SOLLARS, Southern Free Times – “Polocross”

SECOND PLACE:                  LES JASPER, Oakey Champion – “Chainsaw action at Goombungee Show”

FIRST PLACE:                       MICHAEL NOLAN, South Burnett Times– “Bull Riding

 

BEST PORTRAIT/COMMUNTY PICTURE

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    JODY GILCHRIST, Hinterland Times – ‘Ally at the Market”

                                                MICHAEL NOLAN, South Burnett Times – “Time for Refelection”

                                                CALLUM DICK, South Burnett Times – “Wide Eyed Onlookers”

THIRD PLACE:                     KATHERINE MORRIS, South Burnett Times – “Puppy register”

SECOND PLACE:                  MICHAEL DOYLE, Dalby Herald – “Embracing our Heritage”

FIRST PLACE:                       MICHAEL DOYLE, Dalby Herald – “Today is for our Diggers

 

BEST NEWSPAPER AWARDS

BEST NEWSPAPER UNDER 1000 CIRCULATION

THIRD PLACE:                     THE NORTHERN  MINER, Charters Towers.

SECOND PLACE:                 RAINBOW BEACH & COOLOOLA COAST COMMUNTY NEWS.

FIRST PLACE:                       LAIDLEY PLAINLAND LEADER.

 

BEST NEWSPAPER OVER 10000 CIRCULATION

THIRD PLACE:                     GATTON LOCKYER & BRISBANE VALLEY STAR.

SECOND PLACE;                  HINTERAND TIMES.

FIRST PLACE:                       NOOSA TODAY.

 

BEST NEWSPAPER EMPLOYING TWO OR LESS JOURNALISTS

THIRD PLACE:                     RAINBOW  BEACH & COOLOOLA COAST COMMUNITY NEWS.

SECOND PLACE:                  HINTERLAND TIMES.

FIRST PLACE:                       NOOSA TODAY.

 

MOST IMPROVED

NOOSA TODAY.