Fairfax reporters win lion's share of awards

Fairfax reporters dominated the Guild of Agricultural Journalists' awards in Wellington on Friday 14 October, taking home five prizes.

Gerald Piddock, of Hamilton, won two awards, the AgResearch Science Writing Award and the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Farm Business Writing Award, for stories that first appeared on nzfarmer.co.nz and then in the Waikato Times and other Fairfax papers. Each award was worth $1000 to the winner.

Sonita Chandar, of Dannevirke, won the $1000 DairyNZ Dairy Industry Award for articles that first appeared in NZDairyFarmer and Gerard Hutching, of Wellington, picked up the $1000 Alliance Group Red Meat Industry Journalism Award for stories that appeared online and in Fairfax newspapers.

The guild's Agricultural Journalist Encouragement Award for reporters in their first three years writing about agriculture went to Pat Deavoll, Timaru, for a portfolio of articles that appeared in the Timaru Herald and other papers.

In addition, NZ Farmer Canterbury reporter Tony Benny was acknowledged with a merit award in the guild's most prestigious award, the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award for excellence in agricultural journalism. This was won by Aaron Smale, of Levin, for articles in North & South and  NZ Geographic magazines.

Article originally published on NZFarmer.co.nz, 15 October 2016.