2019 NZGAJC Photography and Journalism Awards Entry Forms

Awards

The Guild offers a series of awards each year, in conjunction with our sponsors, for excellence in written and broadcast agricultural journalism.

We're now calling for entries for our 2019 NZGAJC Photography and Journalism Awards. Closing date is 5 pm on 24 September. 

Federated Farmers Rural Photography Award

The award requires ONE photograph that illustrates a rural event or activity – agricultural, horticultural, industry, human interest, on farm / off farm, or any activity reflecting life or work in rural New Zealand.

It must have appeared in a newspaper or magazine and either supports a news or feature article or is a stand-alone photo with a simple caption. The award is for agricultural news or feature photography. It does not include photographs taken for advertising or promotion use or for commercial use – for example calendars, brochures etc. The photograph must have been published in the 12 months prior to 31 August 2019.

It can be either black or white or colour.

We require a digital, high resolution image of your photo, along with a digital copy of the page of the publication it appeared it.

The winner will receive $750 and a certificate. 

The Guild and the sponsor reserve the right to reprint the winning entry and other selected entries to publicise the award or on the guild’s website, without reproduction or royalty charges, but with credit given to the photographer and publication in which it appeared.

Submit your entry here: Federated Farmers Rural Photography Award entry form


Guild’s Agricultural Journalism Encouragement Award

This award was established by the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators, and is designed to acknowledge and recognise the work of journalists who have been specialising in agricultural journalism for three years or less, even if they have been in journalism for a number of years. Also, you cannot enter this award if you have already won it!

Any New Zealand-based journalist or communicator is eligible to enter the award. However, there is a charge of $25 for journalists who are not members of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators.  

Entries require a portfolio of THREE articles, and can be a combination of news items, features, or profiles, but all must be agricultural-based or focused. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial. 

Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered in the 12 months to July 31 2019. 

The winner will receive $500.

Submit your entry here: NZGAJC encouragement award entry form


Ko Tātou This Is Us Biosecurity Journalism Award

This is a new award, and is sponsored by Ministry for Primary Industries.  Its purpose is to recognise the range and quality of journalism arising from the increased profile of, and interest in biosecurity issues, the importance of biosecurity to New Zealand’s future and the building of our biosecurity team of 4.7 million.

It also reflects the desire to foster quality journalism that tells the story behind a biosecurity event. 

The Award will provide recognition of stories and media coverage associated with increasing awareness and understanding of biosecurity and its impacts on our environment, economy, society and culture.  

Only one entry of TWO articles or programmes per person, unless part of another shared entry. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial.

The winner will receive $1000 and a certificate. Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered in the 12 months to July 31 2019.

The judges will not consider aspects out of the control of the entrants e.g. layout, headlines and other display problems. Entrants must, however, make clear on the entry form those aspects of the submission that were beyond their control.

Enter here: Ko Tātou This Is Us Biosecurity Journalism Award entry form


AGMARDT Agribusiness Award

This award recognises high quality information about an effective analysis of national, global and other agribusiness activities.

The Award will be judged on the overall quality of writing, how interest is captured and complexity explained, and also on the choice and relevance of any supporting information. In particular, readers have to be informed by what they read, and develop an understanding of the role agribusiness plays in New Zealand’s economy. 

The winner will receive $1000 and a certificate. Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered in the 12 months to July 31 2019.

One entry of TWO articles or programmes per person, unless part of another shared entry. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial.

The judges will not consider aspects out of the control of the entrants e.g. layout, headlines and other display problems. Entrants must, however, make clear on the entry form those aspects of the submission that were beyond their control.

Enter here: AGMARDT Agribusiness Award entry form


AgResearch Science Writers Award

This award is designed to enhance standards of science writing, especially about pastoral agriculture. Readers have to be inspired by science, to come away with an understanding that science holds the key to New Zealand’s future prosperity, and that technology for the next decade is under research right now.

The winner will receive $1000 and a certificate. Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered in the 12 months to July 31 2019.

One entry of TWO articles or programmes per person, unless part of another shared entry. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial.

The judges will not consider aspects out of the control of the entrants e.g. layout, headlines and other display problems. Entrants must, however, make clear on the entry form those aspects of the submission that were beyond their control.

Enter here: AgResearch Science Writers Award entry form


Alliance Group Ltd Red Meat Industry Journalism Award

This award recognises the ability to communicate the complexities of the red meat industry. It will focus on all aspects of the red meat industry, from genetics, breeding, on-farm, processing, marketing, and all issues facing the red meat industry. It will include beef, sheep, and deer.

The award will canvas any issues facing the New Zealand red meat sector. It should be as broad as possible and can include research, innovation, or people involved in the sector. The recipient will demonstrate excellent understanding of these complexities and effectively communicates the industry’s response in a way which both inspires and informs readers.

The winner will receive $1000 and a certificate.  Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered in the 12 months to July 31 2019.

One entry of TWO articles or programmes per person, unless part of another shared entry. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial.

The judges will not consider aspects out of the control of the entrants e.g. layout, headlines and other display problems.  Entrants must, however, make clear on the entry form those aspects of the submission that were beyond their control.

Enter here: Alliance Group Ltd Red Meat Industry Journalism Award entry form


Beef + Lamb New Zealand News Award

This award is designed to recognise excellence in hard news journalism, focusing on a sheepmeat or beef news story, from the farm to the market.

Subjects reported can be wide-ranging, from on-farm through to the wider relationships and activities in the red meat processing industry, marketing (both domestic and international) and any other topics from pasture to plate.

AT LEAST TWO articles are required. These can either be on separate, stand-alone topics or be a series of ‘breaking news’ articles on one subject.

Entries can be either in the print or electronic media. They must have been published / broadcast in the 12 months to July 31 2019.  

The award is open to all media in New Zealand but non-guild members are expected to pay an entry fee of $25.  Entries must not be advertising or advertorial.

The winner will receive $1000. The prize will be presented at the Guild Awards Dinner in Wellington on 5 October.

Enter here: Beef + Lamb New Zealand News Award entry form


DairyNZ Dairy Industry Journalism Award

This award will focus on all aspects of the dairy sector, from genetics, breeding, on-farm, processing, marketing, and all the many issues facing the New Zealand dairy industry.  It should be as broad as possible and can include research, innovation, or people involved in the sector.

The winner will demonstrate excellent understanding of these complexities and effectively communicate farmers’ response to farm business challenges in a way which both inspires and informs readers.

 The entry is to be made up of TWO articles, features or programmes, in any medium - print, radio or television - published in 12 months to July 31, 2019. They can be on the same topic in separate editions.

The award is open to any New Zealand-based journalist and is not restricted to NZGAJC members.   However, an entry fee of $25 is required for non-members. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial. 

This award carries a prize of $1000.

Enter here: DairyNZ Dairy Industry Journalism Award entry form


Federated Farmers Agricultural Broadcast Journalism Award

This award has been established to recognise excellence in the broadcasting side of agricultural or agribusiness journalism, either radio of television,  and will cover all aspects of the genre – hard news, features, technology transfer, etc.

The recipient will demonstrate excellent understanding of farming issues and the agribusiness sector, and effectively communicate with the target audience – farmers, rural communities, stake holders, urban and town audiences etc.  

Entries must be of TWO programmes broadcast in the 12 months to July 31 2019. The Award will be judged on the overall quality of writing or scripting, how interest is captured and complexity explained, and also on the choice and relevance of any supporting information. 

The winner will receive $750.

Enter here: Federated Farmers Agricultural Broadcast Journalism Award entry form


Horticulture New Zealand Journalism Award

TWO articles are required, either news or features, and should be relevant to the production of the fruit and vegetable groups represented by Horticulture New Zealand (listed on its website) and within the Commodity Levies (Vegetables and Fruit) Order 2013.  

They could be profiles of people connected with the horticulture industry, in those fruit and vegetable categories. If they are not any of those groups, the entry will not be considered.  

Entries must not be advertising or advertorial and are limited to one per person.  The award is open to any journalists in New Zealand, but anyone who is not a member of the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators must pay a $25 entry fee.

The entries can be from newspapers, magazines, audio or digital platforms.

Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered  in the 12 months to July 31 2019.  A prize of $750 will be awarded to the best entry.

Enter here: Horticulture New Zealand Journalism Award entry form


Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award  – An Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism

The Rongo Award is for journalism, broadcast or written, but not advertising or advertorial copy.  

This award requires TWO feature articles on separate subjects, or a SINGLE THEME SERIES, on any aspect of New Zealand agriculture or the primary sector, which has been published or broadcast during the 12 months prior to 31 July 2019.

The judges will consider the following points when considering entries:

choice of subject in terms of topicality, educational and industrial value, news value and originality; thoroughness and enterprise shown in gathering the information, accuracy in interpretation and skill in presenting it.

The award carries a first prize of $2500, a certificate and a trophy, and there will be a second prize of $500.

This award is only open to financial members of the guild.

Enter here: Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award entry form


Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award

The award has been established to recognise the important contribution women make (and have always made)  in the rural community, either through their role in the farming sector or to the general rural environment, in its broadest interpretation.

Entries must be TWO articles /programmes based on the theme of ‘rural women making a difference’. This could be in the sense of community involvement, on farm or in another rural-based business or activity.

ONE entry per person, unless part of another shared entry.

The Award will be judged on the overall quality of writing or scripting, how interest is captured and complexity explained, and also on the choice and relevance of any supporting information. In particular, readers/listeners/viewers have to be informed, and develop an understanding of the contributions made by the woman / women in their particular field.  

The winner will receive $750. Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered in the 12 months to July 31, 2019. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial. The Award can be made to a group or team.

Enter here: Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award entry form


Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award

This award has been established to recognise the importance of connectivity to rural communities and agri-businesses in rural areas. It celebrates journalism that helps raise awareness about the issues and benefits of rural connectivity

Examples of subjects that could be included as entries

  • Online learning and education materials for students
  • Farm management programmes / apps
  • Farm safety management
  • Health management
  • Maintaining connections with family, friends and community
  • Business capabilities and growth
  • Accessing research and development programmes
  • Rural broadband initiatives and infrastructure

Entries must be TWO articles /programmes based on the theme of connectivity and the role it plays in farming communities. Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered in the 12 months to July 31, 2019 and must not be advertising or advertorial.   

The winner will receive $750.

Enter here: Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award entry form


Zespri Export Journalism Award

This award recognises the ability the vital importance to New Zealand’s economy of its primary exports. It will award will focus on all aspects of the primary sector exports – on farm, processing, packaging, transport, marketing, research, aimed at increasing market share. The articles might include innovation or redevelopment of products or systems.

The primary sector ranges from horticulture, wine, dairy, red meat, forestry and aquaculture, machinery and technology. It could include features on people driving these sectors.

The award recipient will demonstrate excellent understanding of the issues facing the particular product, sector or markets, and effectively and accurately communicate them.

The entry is to be made up of TWO articles, features or programmes, in any medium, published in the 12 months to July 31 2019.  Only one entry per person, unless also part of a team entry. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial.

The winner will receive $1000.

Enter here: Zespri Export Journalism Award entry form


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If you have questions about the awards please contact Sue Miller at kotuku.media@xtra.co.nz.

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