The Courier: Awards

Advertising reaps rewards

Jenny Noske and Joanne Conyers, Elisa, 27/2/19
Joanne Conyers, left, and Jenny Noske from The Courier sales team with the award after a full page advert was judged the best in regional SA.

A full page advertisement designed to showcase a local retailer’s strong links with the community has been recognised at the 2018 SA Country Press awards.
The promotion for the Hahndorf Fruit and Veg Market won the best priced product advert from across regional SA at the awards held in the Barossa Valley on Friday night.
Designed by The Courier’s graphic artist Phil Austin, the advert attracted recognition for the business, with owner Angelo Palma saying the response was “fantastic”.

Press judges focus on Courier photography

Sports Minister Leon Bignell is happy to have some fun with Mayor Ann Ferguson and Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie when announcing a sports grant for the Mt Barker Council. INSET: Courier photographer Elisa Rose.

The Courier journalist Elisa Rose won both photography categories at the annual Country Press SA Awards held in Adelaide on Friday night.
Her photograph of SA Sports Minister Leon Bignell heading a soccer ball to announce a $2.5m funding grant to Mt Barker’s proposed sports hub was judged as the best news image.
Judge Barry O’Brien, a Walkley Award winning photographer with The Advertiser,  said the image “had great expressions, the action was good and it was well planned”.
Her image of a falling horse at the Oakbank races was judged the Best Sports Photo published in regional SA in 2017.

Sports photo an absolute screamer

The spectacular image, taken by photographer Mark Liebich, was judged to be the Best Sports Photo published in a SA regional newspaper in 2016.

An amateur photographer and regular contributor to The Courier has beaten a host of professional rivals to win the Country Press SA Best Sports Photo Award.
Mark Liebich’s spectacular image of a mark by Hahndorf ruckman Luke Roberts was voted the best sports image published in a SA regional newspaper in 2016.
Judge Lloyd Jenkins described in the image as “a football masterpiece”.
“Brilliant action which achieved maximum impact with skilled camera work,” he said.
Mr Liebich, who is a committed Hahndorf Football Club supporter, takes his camera to every game and regularly supplies his best images to The Courier.
“As soon as I took it I knew I’d nailed a beauty,” he said.
The annual Country Press SA awards were held in Hahndorf on Friday night and were attended by Premier Jay Weatherill.
The State’s top high circulation newspaper was awarded to the Yorke Peninsula Country Times based in Kadina.
The best mid-range circulation paper was won by the Plains Producer in Balaklava and the best small circulation paper was awarded to the Loxton News.

Accolades for The Courier at press awards

The Courier received many accolades at the Country Press SA annual awards ceremony in Adelaide on Friday night.
The paper was judged to have produced the best advertising supplement for its seven-page feature on Women in the Workforce while Melissa Keogh, pictured, won the coveted Young Journalist of the Year award.
The paper also finished second behind Renmark’s The Murray Pioneer as the best newspaper in regional SA with a circulation above 5000.
It also finished second in the Best Editorial Writing award and journalist Lisa Pahl finished third in the Community Profile category for her story on Mt Barker artist Kym Afford who was facing imminent death from a brain tumor.

Excellence in Journalism 2014

A story uncovering how a candidate in last year’s local government election lied to the Adelaide Hills Council about the theft of a confidential council email has won Courier journalist Genevieve Cooper the Excellence in Journalism Award at the Country Press SA awards.
The accolade was one of three awards won by the newspaper at the ceremony held in Tanunda in February 2015.
The paper was also judged to have published the best front page in 2014 from the 31 member newspapers and Courier sports photographer Laura Wright took out the Best Sport Photo award.

Best Sports Photo 2014

The Country Press Association of SA award for Best Sports Photo 2014 went to The Courier’s photographer Laura Wright.


Laura Wright’s winning photo.


Newspaper success

A WINNING TEAM …. Courier sports journalist Ben Goldfinch, left, sales manager Matthew Hutchinson and graphic designer Phil Austin after the Country Press SA awards. INSET: The winning Best Front Page entry reporting on the Cherryville bushfire in May, 2013.

The Courier enjoyed success at the Country Press SA awards on Friday night winning three categories.
The paper was judged to have designed and produced the best priced product advertisement in all regional SA for a full page promotion for Mt Barker Sportspower.
Journalist Ben Goldfinch won the Best Sport Story award for his report into the construction of the Adelaide Oval and the paper also won the Best Front Page for its coverage of the Cherryville bushfire in May 2013 which burned 600ha and destroyed one home.
The paper also finished third in the best newspaper in the over 6000 circulation category as well as third in the image branding advertising and best journalism awards.

Press win for Courier

The Courier took out the top prize for Best Advertisement (Imaging/Branding) in this year’s Country Press SA awards.
Judges praised the tidy layout of the ad for Mt Barker Steel, saying the images showed the range and quality of the business’ work, premises and staff.

Best Local Media Coverage


Awarded for the best local media coverage at national volleyball presentations held in Canberra.

Number 1 for serving our community

Courier journalist Genevieve Cooper won the 2008 Excellence in Journalism award for her coverage of the fraud perpetrated by Stirling accountant Allan McFarlane. She is pictured with Country Press SA president Ben Taylor.

The Courier was named the best country newspaper for 2008 in SA at the Country Press Awards.
The paper was judged the best in the over 6000 circulation category and is the seventh time in the past 10 years it has been awarded the title of SA’s leading non-metropolitan paper.
In a stellar night for The Courier, journalist Genevieve Cooper won the Excellence in Journalism award for her coverage of the fraud perpetrated by Stirling accountant Allan McFarlane, and Judy Norris won the Community Profile award for her story about Bridgewater man Dennis Noble.