Winners of Rural Women’s Day Photo and Journalism Awards Named

6 November 1998

Dianna Leslie, reporter for The New Zealand Farmer, and Don McCully, from Timaru’s The Courier are the winners of the first Rural Women’s Day Photo and Journalism Awards.

An award was given for the best photo (McCully’s ) and one for the best article (Leslie’s) portraying the real work of rural New Zealand women published in a newspaper or magazine.

Dianna Leslie’s winning article was on Otamatapaio Station Manager Ann Scanlan which appeared in The New Zealand Farmer earlier this year.

The response in the article section was excellent, with nearly 40 entires received. The judges reported that the overall standard of written entries was very high, and they had a difficult job selecting the winning articles from the four which were short-listed. These included Don McCully’s article accompanying this winning photo of Kerry Harmer, another on Kerry Harmer by terry Brosnahan in Straight Furrow, and one by John Stirling about Clinton woman Fiona Black in the Otago Daily Times.

There were fewer entries in the photo section, but the winning photo was of high quality. The two other photos which were shortlisted were a photo of 80 year old Mokau whitebaiter Alice O’Donnell by Brydie Thompson of the Waitomo News, and one of a horse and its woman trainer taken by Steve McMillian of the New Zealand Farmer.

The awards were presented at a luncheon at Parliament by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jenny Shipley on October 15 - International Rural Women’s Day.

Each winner received an Air New Zealand Mystery Break weekend travel and accommodation package donated by Air New Zealand Business Travel. The organisers - the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs - would like to thank the sponsors for their support, without which the awards would probably not have been possible.

MAF and MWA hope the awards will become an annual event.

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