Irish journalists won the majority of prizes in IFAJ Star Prize for broadcasting contest. Peter Varley, Irish Farmers Journal, and Damien O’Reilly, Countrywide, RTE, were the first prize winners. Meanwhile, Thomas Hubert, Irish Farmers Journal, and Helen Carrol and Paula Williams, Ear to the Ground – RTÉ One, claimed two second-second place spots.
In the Online category – the IFAJ-Rabobank Digital Media Award, Peter Varley from Ireland won the first place with his story: ‘Watch: Mating precision as 500 ewes serviced in Kilkenny’, which was published by Irish Farmers Journal website. The Judges said this is an excellent example of sophisticated story telling in the digital medium, which produces a rich experience for audience.
Second prize went to Thomas Hubert from Ireland for the story: ‘Irish turbine blowing energy into French farm’, which was also published in Irish Farmers Journal.
In Radio category the first prize winner is Damien O’Reilly from Ireland with his story: ‘Gay Sheep Farmers’. This radio report featured on RTE’s Radio 1 farming programme Countrywide.
In the Television/Video category second place went Helen Carrol and Paula Williams with their story Rural Crime, which featured on Ear to the Ground – RTÉ One.
In the IFAJ Star Prize for photography, Chris McCullough claimed the People’s Choice Award.
This year’s judges were Ian Petrie of Canada, Neil Inall from Australia and Arthur Anderson from Scotland. IFAJ executive committee member Leigh Radford from Australia coordinated the broadcast contest. The overall coordinator of IFAJ contests was IFAJ Secretary General Riitta Mustonen.
The winning entries are available via the IFAJ website at www.ifaj.org