One down, two up for 2013 awards season

  • Awards
  • February 20, 2013
  • StopPress Team
One down, two up for 2013 awards season
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Some good news, some bad for industry awards, with record number of entries for both the CAANZ Media Awards and the Canon Media Awards, but a death in the family with the cancellation of the New Zealand Television Awards. 

ThinkTV, the convenor of the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards, announced the end of the annual Awards last week following discussions with its major partners TVNZ and MediaWorks. 

"The awards have been through some turbulent times in the last few years with the loss of a key sponsor in 2011 and with the Screen Directors' Guild of New Zealand pulling out of what was the joint Film and Television Awards at the beginning of 2012," says a release. "ThinkTV, on behalf of its members, would like to thank the judges, contestants, associated sponsors and the many others for the time and effort they have contributed to making the awards the success that they have been for the last five years." 

There doesn't seem to be any danger of that happening to the CAANZ Media Awards, with 294 entries received—a 26 percent increase on 2012—making it the highest ever haul in Media Awards history. 

“This is a great result that reflects the health of the industry and the importance of the CAANZ Media Awards," says Paul Head, CAANZ chief executive.

Preliminary judging begins in Wellington on Tuesday 26 February and is followed in Auckland on Wednesday 27 February. Following the successful application/nomination process introduced in 2012 for preliminary judges, applications flooded in almost as fast as the entries. Extra judges are required in 2013 to take account of the increase in entries and numbers have been boosted by the nomination of clients onto the preliminary judging panel. 

A maximum of five finalists per category will ensure that only the best entries get through to category round judging which takes place in Auckland on Wednesday 6 March. The CAANZ Media Awards Committee is currently in the process of selecting the category judging panel, which will be made up of media agency personnel and clients/media owners. Successful category judges will be notified later in the week.

As part of the on-going evolution of the Media Awards, CAANZ is re-introducing the additional level of executive judging in 2013. The panel will comprise the team leaders from the category round judging who will review all metal winners to ensure consistency of awards across categories. Winning gold entries will then be forwarded to the panel of international judges to award Best in Show.

The creative theme for Media Awards 2013, developed by JWT, is the Media Renaissance, celebrating a golden age of media discoveries and channel exploration. 

CAANZ and MediaWorks have also started another search for the industry’s most inspirational leaders, with nominations now open for the Inspiring Individual Award. Nominated by their peers, the Inspiring Individual is the “unsung hero” in an organisation; the person who inspires others with their generosity of spirit, patience, willingness and passion, and who is integral to the company’s culture and success.

“Through this award, MediaWorks honours Sandy’s Smith's business philosophy and values, and celebrates like-minded individuals within the industry,” says MediaWorks TV director of sales and marketing, Liz Fraser. “Sandy was with MediaWorks for 13 years and in her role as business development manager, she shared her knowledge and time with colleagues and many other people in the industry, helping others to succeed in their own careers.”

Organisers of the 2013 Canon Media Awards are also gearing up for a standout celebration of the New Zealand newspaper and magazine industries this year, after primary sponsor and organising body, the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, received a record number of entries from press photographers, journalists, feature writers, artists, designers and subeditors. 

The Canon Media awards represent an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding achievements across the newspaper, magazine and online news media landscape, says NPA editorial advisor Tim Pankhurst, who was recently named as the new chief executive of New Zealand Seafood and will take up the role in April. 

“The bumper number of entries demonstrates the power of print journalism," he says. "The Canon awards celebrate the stories and photos that entertain, inform and inspire millions of Kiwis every day. At its core, the awards benchmark the vitality of print journalism—and this year’s record haul of entries is testament to the ongoing trust Kiwis place in their papers and magazines."

This year's event is being held on May 10 at the Pullman Auckland and includes more than 60 awards including the coveted Canon Newspaper of the Year, Newsstand Magazine of the Year and Reporter of the Year awards.

CAANZ Media Awards Preliminary Judging Panel


  • Al Jamison
  • Alan Oliver
  • Alana O'Neill
  • Alex Radford
  • Alysha Delaney
  • Amanda Cater
  • Amanda Murphy
  • Andrew McNally
  • Andrew Reinholds
  • Angela Spain
  • Anna Gavin
  • Annabelle Wilkinson
  • Annemarie Browne
  • Barry Williamson
  • Blair Alexander
  • Brett Wilson
  • Brid Drohan-Stewart
  • Bridgette Franklin
  • Camille Turton
  • Cat Groombridge
  • Craig Delaney
  • Craig Spillane
  • Craig Thompson
  • Delina Shields
  • Denelle Joyce
  • Derek Lindsay
  • Desiree Hales
  • Donna O'Keeffe
  • Eddy Whatt
  • Emma Bolser
  • First Last
  • Fleur Herscott
  • Gerard Watt
  • Gill Stewart
  • Graeme Underwood
  • Grant Maxwell
  • Harri Owen
  • Jacquie Pierson
  • James Roberts
  • Jane Hitchfield
  • Janisa Parag
  • Jo Fitzgerald
  • Jo Reid
  • Johanna Cotter
  • John Schofield
  • Jono Key
  • Jonothan Allen
  • Kamran Kazalbash
  • Karen Booth
  • Kate Thomas
  • Kath Watson
  • Katrina Richmond
  • Kevin Blight
  • Kris Hadley
  • Laura Maxwell-Hansen
  • Lee Parkinson
  • Lee Ann Morris
  • Liz Cartwright
  • Louise Bond
  • Louise Paul
  • Lucinda Sherbourne
  • Lyndsey Francis
  • Mark Reekie
  • Matt Bale
  • Matt McNeil
  • Matt O'Sullivan
  • Megan Clark
  • Melanie Reece
  • Michael Healy
  • Michael Pryor
  • Mike Fredricson
  • Mike Harland
  • Natasha Le Marinel
  • Nick Campbell
  • Nick Farland
  • Nick Vile
  • Nick Ascough
  • Nicky Greville
  • Nicola Iguasa
  • Nigel Douglas
  • Nikki Grafton
  • Nina Bialostocki
  • Olly King
  • Parris Downey
  • Paula Adams
  • Penelope Burns
  • Rachel Allison
  • Rachel Leyland
  • Rebecca Houston
  • Rex Pearce
  • Richard Fenner
  • Richard Thompson
  • Robert Harvey
  • Sally Falconer
  • Sarah Beston
  • Sarah Febrache
  • Sean Keaney
  • Sean McCready
  • Sharon Daly
  • Simon Teagle
  • Siobhan McKenna
  • Sophia Quilian
  • Sorrel Davies
  • Spencer Bailey
  • Stacey Stephenson
  • Steve Clark
  • Stuart Lewis
  • Susan Browne
  • Susana Leitao
  • Suzanne Bull
  • Tamsin McDonnell
  • Tara Cowan
  • Tony Waite
  • Tracy Lee
  • Troy Stanton
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Zac Stephenson

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  • Advertising
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