The Illawarra Mercury has been named as a four-time finalist for the 2017 PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards.
The Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association awards showcase excellence in the news industry right across Australia and the Pacific.
The Illawarra Mercury has been named as a finalist in a small and select field for the 2017 Regional News Site of the Year for our www.illawarramercury.com.au website.
Acclaimed Mercury photographer Sylvia Liber has been nominated in not one, but three, individual categories in the 2017 PANPA photographic awards.
“We are immensely proud of the team at the Illawarra Mercury and just to be nominated is a fantastic achievement,’’ editor Julian O’Brien said.
“The website nomination is a credit to the entire crew who go above and beyond to bring readers the news of this region as it happens. And Sylvia is without doubt one of the best photographers in the country. The Illawarra is blessed to have her.”
Sylvia’s images of Lauren Darlington entitled ‘Scars Laid Bare’, accompanying a piece on Lauren’s message of hope after years of self harm was nominated in the Best Portrait category.
Her photo essay of local Olympian Jarrod Poort entitled ‘Rio Heartbreak’ was nominated in the Best Sport category and a photo essay with local local dancer Olivia Mitchell at Bass Point called ‘Underwater Playground’ was nominated in the Best Features and Lifestyle category.
Former Illawarra Mercury journalist and now Canberra Bureau Chief for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Bevan Shields, was also named as a finalists for the industry’s acclaimed Hegarty Scholarship.
The winners will be announced at a gala function at Sydney’s International Convention Centre on September 6.