Kiwi paper wins top Catholic news prize

Gavin Abraham from the NZ Catholic has taken out the top news story award at this year's Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards announced in Adelaide overnight while Brian O'Connell from the Marist Messenger took out the best editorial award.

Mr Abraham gained his award for a no holds barred story on the plight of neglected rest home residents whereas Brian O'Connell's award was in recognition of a series of editorials on difficult subjects including annulment of marriage and building a welcoming society in New Zealand.

Judges told Mr Abraham his article packaged the rest home issue "in a powerful and compelling way, highlighting the potential plight of thousands of aged New Zealanders living in homes run by religious and welfare providers".

The story "was a call to action on behalf of many of the most vulnerable members of our society, the aged poor".

Anthony Ham of Eureka Street took out a third major award for best feature article with an expose that judges said "put a human face on the horror of slavery in Niger" and highlighted the confronting question of how the world has allowed such injustice to prevail. The standard was particularly high in this category, the judges noted.

Among numerous other winners, Clare Molony from Madonna magazine won the best social justice story award.

Best original photograph prize went to Kerry Myers for an image of a young priest at the highpoint of the liturgy, the consecration of the Eucharist.

Australasian Catholic Press Awards Winners

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11 Aug 2006