Entries are now being invited for New Zealand’s premier media event, the 2015 Canon Media Awards.
Full details on the awards, including entry conditions, criteria and guidelines, went up today on www.canonmediaawards.co.nz.
Now in their 41st year, the print and digital awards sponsored by Canon since 2010 will showcase and celebrate the best of New Zealand’s newspaper, magazine and digital journalism. The awards are organised and promoted by the NZ Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
NPA editorial director Rick Neville said categories would total 63, with the list fine-tuned after feedback from the media industry. He advised entrants to carefully check conditions of entry for each category as some changes have been made.
Key awards such as Newspaper of the Year, Magazine of the Year and Best Website remain along with a host of writing, photographic and specialist categories.
A controversial inclusion for the first time in 2014, Best Blog, will stay, open to website and digital essay or opinion writing originated and published in New Zealand. Paid-for blogs are ineligible as are those emanating from a political organisation.
Best Website, sponsored for the first time by Google, absorbs the previous Best Online News Site. However, judges of this category will place a premium on a site’s own, locally-generated editorial content. Two new digital awards will recognise cross-platform news coverage and cross-platform campaigns.
The writing awards will give greater recognition to regional and community journalism while a new environmental photography award, sponsored by Seafood New Zealand, comes onto the list. New science and technology awards are sponsored for the first time by the Science Media Centre.
Opening date for entries is Tuesday December 9 with closing date on Friday February 13. Awards will be presented at a gala dinner at Skycity, Auckland, on Friday May 22. Tickets will go on sale in March. A record 1667 entries were received for the awards presented this year and no less a number is expected for 2015.
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