Judge: Wanda Dunnet

There were 12 entries in the Best Front Page category in this year’s awards.

Entries were judged across five criteria - layout and design, typography, news value and impact, use of graphics and photography and effective use of colour.

Each of the entries was commendable in meeting one or more of the criteria.

The disastrous bushfires featured prominently in several issues and presented compelling front page treatments of the drama.

There was an excellent representation of entries from the South Australian industry.

Third prize was awarded to The Pennant, Penola. The judge commented that the community would be proud of the powerful front page recognition of a massive fund raising effort on behalf of the inaugural Pink Up Penola helping raise funds for the McGrath Foundation breast cancer charity. The appeal raised $45,000. The front page image, a tremendous effort of organisation and inclusion of local children, reveals true community engagement. The use of the iconic pink typography emphasises the brand.

Second place went to The Courier, Adelaide Hills. The dramatic front page picture  says it all, depicting the savagery of the bushfire which enveloped the house  from which the photo was taken, and destroyed it. The powerful heading in colour engages the reader immediately and leads into the harsh statistics of the loss of life and huge damage to the district. The sub head ‘Burned But Not Beaten’ reinforces the message of community resilience in adversity.

First place is awarded to The Leader, the Barossa Valley. The front page is very well balanced with good composition which engages the reader -  a great photo, a light hearted take on the searing temperatures. The graded colour heading is very effective. The intro to the news story gave weight to the page with interesting and factual information turning to page 6. The judges thought this was a standout front page, meeting the competition criteria at each level.



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