More than 1000 entries were received for the 2013 Newspaper of the Year awards, as more than 40 judges selected winners from Hong Kong to New Zealand, and everywhere in between.
The Newspaper Works CEO Mark Hollands said there had been a very strong response from mastheads around the region with a highly competitive field of entries.
“The overall standard of entries was extremely high and it was great to see our industry participate in the competition so enthusiastically,” Mr Hollands said.
“Big and small, news organisations have again taken part in these awards in big numbers.”
Editor of The Age Andrew Holden said his newspaper had a challenging year, as did all newspapers, but had come out a stronger product.
“Everyone is well aware of the challenges we have faced in the past 12 months,” Mr Holden said.
“We also welcomed a new generation of editorial leaders when we restructured our newsroom. We converted the weekday paper to compact, and we have embraced the future of news on a range of digital platforms.
“Through all that, The Age continued to produce the country’s most important journalism.”
Fairfax Media had a number of major wins, with The Land editor Sally White picking up the prestigious Hegarty Prize for young newspaper executives, and photographer Kate Geraghty winning news photograph of the year for a touching photo essay in Afghanistan.
The winners were announced at a gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney on August 29, the closing event of the 2013 Future Forum, a conference designed to help newspapers discover new strategies to win audiences and increase revenue by hearing from some of the world’s leading publishers.