Features winners’ work and judges’ comments

General

Judges: Jim Kayes and Nick Venter

Overall judging comment:
‘At a time when many question the quality of journalism, we found the standard of features entered to be very high. And the four finalists we simply exceptional. It was extremely difficult picking a winner from the four but in the end we felt the combined quality of the two pieces submitted gave the winner the narrowest of edges.'

WINNER:
Jehan Casinader
Sunday / TVNZ

Judges’ comment:
'One of the old adages of journalism is to put people into stories. Jehan did this with his story on the use of drugs in sport in a startlingly contrasting way. His piece on the euthanasia of the two Lions at Auckland's Zoo was informative and heart breakingly emotional. It was story telling at it's very finest.’

RUNNERS-UP (joint):
Steve Braunias

NZ Herald / NZME

Mark Crysell
Sunday / TVNZ


Crime and/or social issues

Judges: Joe Barratt and Fran Tyler

WINNER:
Teuila Fuatai

newsroom.co.nz

Judges’ comment:
‘Teuila Fuatai's writing carried a depth and quality that spoke to the reader in a way that was both compelling and insightful. Her work was well researched, balanced and distinctly showcased a journalist with real passion for the craft.’


Best arts, entertainment and/or lifestyle portfolio

Judges: Deborah Hill Cone and Catherine Smith

WINNER:
Kim Knight
Canvas, NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘Kim's portfolio beautifully showcased both the precision of her research and her elegant narrative construction. But what set her stories apart was her ability to connect in an emotionally powerful way with her readers. It takes a unique sort of genius to notice a tree by a motorway in Mt Roskill and turn that inquiry into a moving, deeply-reported essay on belonging, loss and regeneration.’


RUNNER-UP:
Anthony Byrt

Metro / Bauer Media Group