Sixth win a shear de­light for Tait

The Advertiser - - NEWS -

IN a year of record en­tries, News Corp has won ma­jor prizes at the 2018 South Aus­tralian and North­ern Ter­ri­tory Ru­ral Me­dia Awards, with jour­nal­ist Erin Jones and pho­tog­ra­pher Tait Schmaal recog­nised for their work.

Schmaal – for the sixth time – was named the Ru­ral Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year and also col­lected the Pro­duc­tion Award and the Best Adelaide Show Pho­to­graph Award.

“He showed great control and cre­ativ­ity over all sub­jects, fully us­ing var­i­ous el­e­ments such as ex­pres­sion, com­po­si­tion, light­ing, hu­mour, move­ment, tex­ture and rep­e­ti­tion, as well as the ‘cute­ness’ fac­tor to cre­ate stun­ning im­ages,” the judges said.

Erin Jones, who is the re­gional ed­i­tor for The Ad­ver­tiser and Sun­day Mail, won the Best Ru­ral Print Jour­nal­ist Award for her body of work on the drought, oys­ter in­dus­try and or­ganic farm­ing.

“Her writ­ing, in­sight and style were ex­cep­tional,” the judges said. “Her story on the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of drought dis­played that a lot of hard work had gone into sourc­ing mul­ti­ple view­points across a num­ber of pri­mary in­dus­try sec­tors.”

It was the first year of in­cor­po­rat­ing the North­ern Ter­ri­tory into the awards, with Ru­ral Jour­nal­ist of the Year awarded to ABC Land­line jour­nal­ist Kristy O’Brien, from Dar­win.

Ma­jor spon­sor of the awards is Ru­ral Busi­ness Sup­port.

EWE RIP­PER: Tait Schmaal, in­set, took this photo of shearer Benn Hein­rich at his fam­ily farm at Gera­nium Plains, in the Mid North.

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