Feature WRITING winners’ work and judges’ comments

 

Best first-person essay or feature

Judges: Michele Hewitson and Jim Tully

WINNER:
Michelle Langstone
North & South / Bauer Media Group

Judges’ comment:
'The judges said this was a very tough category with excellent writers addressing a wide range of topics. However, Michelle Langstone had the edge with a moving and beautifully written account of how working at a bird sanctuary helped her deal with severe anxiety.'


Best feature writer - junior

Judges: Maramena Roderick and Catherine Smith

WINNER:
Ellen Rykers

New Zealand Geographic / Kōwhai Media

Judges’ comment:
‘An exceptional writer who transforms the ordinary into the weird and wonderful. Ellen Rykers’ impressive research, craft and surprising insights delivered an entry well beyond the junior category and feature writing at its best.’


Feature Writer of the Year (short form)

Judges: Michele Hewitson and Jim Tully

WINNER:
James Borrowdale
VICE

Judges’ comment:
‘James Borrowdale's diverse portfolio stood out for the quality of story-telling which engaged the judges as no other did.’

“The judges said they were very disappointed that most entries were comprised of long news stories with little or no attention to the craft of feature writing and story-telling.”


Feature Writer of the Year (long form)

Judges: Greg Dixon and Bernard Lagan

WINNER:
Charlie Mitchell
Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Charlie Mitchell's portfolio of environmental justice-themed features demonstrates he is an exemplary current affairs feature writer who is original in his ideas, dogged in his research, and whose crisp writing carries the reader through in-depth, often complex stories. These are yarns that needed to be written, and Mitchell’s excellent work makes them compelling reading.’


RUNNER-UP:
Rebekah White

New Zealand Geographic / Kōwhai Media