Newspaper of the Year Awards - who won the night?

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 3 September 2016
The Newspaper of the Year Awards were held at Ivy Ballroom on Friday night

News Corp’s The Australian took out the top award at the PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards on Friday night, winning Daily Newspaper of the Year in the National/Metro category.

Other winners of the night included Fairfax Media’s AFR Weekend, which won the Weekend Newspaper of the Year, Fairfax’s Newcastle Herald took home the Regional Daily Newspaper of the Year for the second year, and the Community Daily Newspaper of the Year went to News Corp’s Manly Daily. For the fourth year in the row, The Newcastle Herald won the regional award.

Fairfax dominated the digital news media and innovation categories, achieving 11 wins at the industry-run event held at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.

Fairfax took home the Digital Destinations of the Year category, with Digital News Site of the Year awarded to The Sydney Morning Herald (national/metropolitan), the Newcastle Herald (regional), and The Maitland Mercury (community).

Fairfax's digital presence continued with The Australian Financial Review’s iPad app winning Best Mobile Site or App; The Age’s “The Big Sleep” named Best Niche/Specialty App or Microsite; and Financial Review’s “AFR Innovation Surver” taking out Digital Publishing Innovation of the Year.

“Fairfax’s winning streak was such that some thought they were at ‘the Fairfax Media awards’ - but these awards aren’t some sort of company-run backslapping,” a Fairfax Media spokesperson said.

“We’re thrilled to have our peers and colleagues in the news media industry paying tribute to the genuine competitive edge that Fairfax has - particularly in digital news media - and the unmatched pace we are setting in delivering publishing innovation across Australia and New Zealand."

More than 400 guests attended the awards held to recognise excellence in print and digital publishing, photography, environmental initiatives and print and production. The event concludes the industry’s annual conference, Future Forum.

NewMediaWorks CEO Mark Hollands says: “Our news media brands are among the best in the world and this year’s award winners were no exception. Our judges overwhelmingly remarked on the high quality of influential journalism and the diversity of entertaining, provocative and often courageous ways in which news media is engaging audiences."

See all the winners below:

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR 

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR 

Community

Manly Daily - News Corp Australia 

Regional

Newcastle Herald - Fairfax Media

National/Metropolitan

The Australian - News Corp Australia 

WEEKEND NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

AFR Weekend - Fairfax Media

NON-DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Community

Mandurah Mail - Fairfax Media 

Regional

The Land - Fairfax Media

DIGITAL NEWS SITE OF THE YEAR

Community

The Maitland Mercury www.maitlandmercury.com.au 

Regional

Newcastle Herald www.herald.com.au

National / Metropolitan

The Sydney Morning Herald www.smh.com.au

P​HOTOGRAPHY

PORTRAIT

Community

Smoking Actor - Jon Hewson, Fremantle Gazette

Regional

Playing in Ash - Wesley Monts, Townsville Bulletin

National / Metropolitan

Ahmed Kelly - Alexander Coppel, Herald Sun

FEATURES AND LIFESTYLE

Community

High Fliers - Sitthixay Ditthavong, Riverine Herald

Regional

Nudist Nomads… No Tan Lines Here - Elise Derwin, NT News

National / Metropolitan

Stories of Hope - Jason Edwards, Herald Sun

SPORT

Community

Title Defence - Braden Fastier, Manly Daily

Regional

White Water Wonder - Jon Gellweiler, South Western Times 

National / Metropolitan

Fernando Alonso’s Exit - Alexander Coppel, Herald Sun 

NEWS

Community

The Crop - Braden Fastier, Manly Daily

Regional

Pot of Gold - Glenn Hampson, Gold Coast Bulletin

National / Metropolitan

Storm Front on Bondi Beach – Rohan Kelly, The Daily Telegraph

ENVIRONMENT

Sydney Print Centre, News Corp Australia - Zero Waste Program

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

SINGLE-WIDTH

Community

Sharp Daily, Taiwan

Regional

Apple Daily Publications - Apple Daily, Taiwan 

National / Metropolitan

Apple Daily, Hong Kong

DOUBLE-WIDTH

Community

Ormiston Print Centre, Fairfax Media - World News Weekly 

Regional

Yandina Print Centre, APN News & Media - Gympie Times

National / Metropolitan

Chullora Print Centre, News Corp Australia - The Daily Telegraph

PRE-PRINT OR SUPPLEMENT – (OPEN)

Cairns Print Centre, News Corp Australia - Off the Leash (NT News)

PRINT CENTRE OF THE YEAR

Yandina Print Centre, APN News & Media

HEGARTY SCHOLARSHIP

Erik Jensen – The Saturday Paper

DIGITAL 

Best Mobile Site or App (Open)

AFR iPad app - The Australian Financial Review, Fairfax Media

Best Niche / Specialty App or Microsite (Open)

The Big Sleep - theage.com.au, Fairfax Media

Digital Publishing Innovation of the Year (Open)

AFR Innovation Surver - The Australian Financial Review, Fairfax Media.

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