Major Award Winners
IRCA is proud to announce the following results of the Remote Indigenous Media Awards for 2015 which were announced at the 17th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival.
Preston Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement: Simon Fisher and Elizabeth Katakarinja of PAW Media (Photo right)
The Preston Award was inaugurated and presented to PAKAM at the 2003 BRACS Festival in recognition of industry pioneer Mr Nooley Preston, a founding broadcaster at Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio in Fitzroy Crossing.
John Macumba Indigenous Media Operator of the Year Award: Jenni Enosa, TSIMA
This award was inaugurated by CAAMA in 2011 in memory of Jon Macumba, one of the pioneers of Indigenous media in Australia who passed away in 2010.
- Mr McKenzie Memorial Award for Best Contribution to Indigenous Television: Annette Victor, PAKAM
Inaugurated by PY Media and now managed by ICTV, this award honours the memory of Kunmanara McKenzie and his outstanding work at EVTV and PY Media.
- NITV Spirit Award: PAKAM for ‘Marumpu Wangka’ (Kukatja Hand Signs)
This Award is given to an organisation that has shown a strong story that could be developed into a half hour TV documentary. NITV will offer a presale of $30,000 to the organisation and work with them to deliver the story for a prime time slot on NITV.
NITV Press Release (PDF)
- CBF Excellence in Community Television Award: Grant Thompson
The Community Broadcasting Foundation offers this $5,000 award to a film-maker towards their professional development or next production.
Remote Media Industry Awards
- Best Song: ‘Wiripu Mit’tji Wangany Mala’, written by Andrew Minyapa Gurruwiwi and performed by Barra West Wind, ARDS
- Best Album: ‘Paradise’ by Wilfred Nelson, PAW Media
- Best Station ID: CAAMA
- Best Outside Broadcast: 'Garma OB', ARDS
- Best Radio Interview: 'Bush Bands Bash 2015', Dennis Charles, PAW Media
- Best Tradio Documentary: 'Pintubi 9', NG Media.
- Governance Award: John 'Tadam' Lockyer
- Best Technical Innovation Award: QRAM for the Black Star Network Remote Monitoring System
- Best Training and Professional Development Award: CAAMA RIBS training
- Best Innovation in Online Media: Weerianna Street Media for 'Welcome to Country' app
Remote Indigenous Media Organisation (RIMO) Radio Awards
- Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
Best Emerging Radio Talent: Phillip Alice
Best RIBS Radio Operator of the Year: Debra Claude
- Ngaanyatjarra Media (NG Media)
Best RIBS Radio Operator of the Year: Cynthia Burke
- Pilbara & Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM)
Best Emerging Radio Talent: Fernandez Shoveller
Best RIBS Radio Operator of the Year: Kiefer Dann
- Pintubi, Anmatjere Warlpiri Media and Communications (PAW Media)
Best Emerging Radio Talent: Shaun Quinn
Best RIBS Radio Operator of the Year: Adam Gibbs
- Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media Association (QRAM)
Best Emerging Radio Talent: Denise Fruit
Best RIBS Radio Operator of the Year: Sai Matainavora
- Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA)
Best Emerging Radio Talent: Henrietta Bara
Best RIBS Radio Operator of the Year: Ronald Weetra
- Torres Strait Islanders Media Association (TSIMA)
Best Emerging Radio Talent: Dayne Noah
Best RIBS Radio Operator of the Year: Jenni Enosa
- Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media (PY Media)
Best RIBS Radio Operator of the Year: Sandra Enid Lewis
Other Radio Awards
- Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS)
Best Emerging Radio Talent: Josephine Gurruwurru Baker
History of Major Awards
The Preston Award was inaugurated and presented to PAKAM at the 2003 BRACS Festival (hosted in Darwin by TEABBA), in recognition of one of our pioneers, Mr Nooley Preston. Nooley was a founder broadcaster at Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio in Fitzroy Crossing and trained for the BRACS Certificate at Batchelor in the first years of the course. He was a tireless and beloved champion of Remote Community Media. The Award is presented annually in recognition of lifetime achievement and dedication to the development of the national Remote Indigenous Media industry.
The Mr McKenzie Memorial Award for Best Contribution to remote Indigenous Television was inaugurated by PY Media and now managed by ICTV. This award honours the memory of Kunmanara McKenzie and his outstanding work at EVTV and PY Media. It is presented to the organization or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to remote television over the previous year.
The John Macumba Indigenous Community Media Operator of the Year Award was inaugurated by CAAMA in 2011, in memory of John Macumba, one of the pioneers of Indigenous media in Australia, who passed away in 2010. “As a radio broadcaster in Alice Springs in the late 1970s, he was one of the first Aboriginal voices on the public airwaves. He was the prime mover behind the establishment of CAAMA in 1981-82, and then - as a consultant under contract to the ABC - he went on to set up Umeewarra Media in Port Augusta in 1989. John was a member of the Ministerial Task Force on Remote Broadcasting in 1982 and a consultant to the Dix Committee's Review of Public Broadcasting in the same year. He was the Founding Chairman of the National Aboriginal and Islander Broadcasting Association (NAIBA), which was the forerunner to the National Indigenous Media Association (NIMAA).” This Award is Sponsored by CAAMA.
CBF Excellence in Community Television Award
CBF inaugurated this Perpetual Award at the 2014 16th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival In the NPA of Queensland. This award acknowledges excellence in community television production. Winners will be presented with a trophy to take away and have their names engraved on a Perpetual Award Plaque. A Judging Panel will be made up of 1 (one) Board member from IRCA, 1 (one) Board Member from ICTV and 1 CBF nominated representative.
NITV Spirit Award
This Award was inaugurated by NITV at the 2013 15th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival at Ntaria, NT. The NITV Spirit Award is presented by NITV to an organization that has submitted a video that has shown a strong story line that could be developed into a half hour TV documentary. NITV Awards a presale of $30,000 to the organization and commits to work with them to deliver the story for a prime time NITV slot.