Congratulations to all the entrants who entered the ACAJ’S Star Prize Awards, which is the umbrella organisation for state rural press clubs. Our entries
were up on last years entires, and were of an incredibly high standard. The Victorian finalists will now go onto represent Victoria at a national level.
The Rural Press Club of Victoria committee wish all our state winners the very best of luck for this next round.

An opportunity for Victorian journalists and photographers to showcase their talents to the world, Star Prize winners in all national categories will have
the opportunity to represent their country in the international awards.

Victoria has had great success in the past – with our photographers and writers taking out several international prizes over the past few years. The work
of our finalists showcases the high quality of agricultural media in our state both in writing, broadcasting and photography.

Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting was taken out by ABC Landline, Fiona Breen with the piece ‘Sunken Treasure’. The judges felt Fiona’s exclusive story on the harvest of speciality trees from their underwater grave in remote
Tasmania marries a reporter’s determination and skill with brilliant footage and editing.     

Congratulations to Nathan Dyer from Outback Magazine whose piece ‘Native Pasture Pioneer’ won the writing category. The judges were impressed with how Nathan captured the history and currency
of the changing landscape. Conveying a strong sense of person and place in his writing.

Dale Webster from the Weekly Times took out the people photography category, with ‘Cruel Cut’. The photograph combined technical achievement and good composition with a candid backdrop of once-prized crops
being cut for hay in an attempt to stem losses from drought.

In the landscape category of the Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography, the Victorian finalist was Glenn Daniels from Bendigo Advertiser, with
‘Eye on the Dry’. The result of time and effort on the photographer’s behalf, this aerial image creates a thought-provoking juxtaposition between
the vast, dry paddocks and the human effort to counteract the forces of nature, the truck greatly diminished by comparison.

In the production category of the Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography, the Victorian finalist was Tammy Brown, from Colac Herald, with ‘Hard Work’. The images composition, was well suited for the newspaper’s rural section front page, helping draw the reader towards
a series of shearing images inside the section.

Finally, in the new category Food Security, Melissa Marino from Coretext was the Victorian finalist with ‘How Paddock Science Solved a Soil Puzzle’. Melissa’s story on water-repellent soils is a detailed reflection on the way no-till
broadacre cropping systems are changing the way Australians farm. The heart of the story addresses the complexities of translating laboratory findings,
to what’s happening in paddocks.