The Sydney Morning and The Age win award for ‘Saving The Reef’ project

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age’s multimedia project ‘Saving The Reef’ has won an Excellence in Journalistic Innovation Award.

The announcement:

The SMH and The Age’s ‘Saving the Reef’ wins award for Excellence in Journalistic Innovation

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age’s ‘Saving the Reef‘ multimedia project on the environment state of the Great Barrier Reef won a major international award for Excellence in Journalistic Innovation from The Society of Publishers in Asia in Hong Kong overnight.

The judges said: “This entry is astonishingly comprehensive, informative and attractive. The interactives work smoothly, the visuals and video elements are well-edited and to the point and the entire package presents a well-rounded examination of the problems facing the Great Barrier

Reef, along with possible ways to help reduce the damage.”

The winning team included Adam Morton, Jason South, Dionne Gain, Matt Teffer, Andrew Forbes, Aparna Khopkar, Mallory Brangan, Richard Lama, Nick Wells, Tony Walters and Tim Young.

Executive Editor for Photography and Presentation, Matt Martel, said: “This was a major effort on our part, involving buying quite a bit of gear, hiring planes and Jason and Adam spending considerable time at the reef.

“It was a project I really believed in and pushed hard. Underwater 360-degree video was a first for us and was more successful than even I suspected it would be.

“We’ve won a large number of national and international awards over the past few years for both our digital and print work, and that reflects the skill and dedication of everyone in the broader photography and design/graphics department.

“Saving the Reef shows the best of what you can do with digital story telling and I am immensely proud of it and the team that won.”

Earlier this year ‘Saving the Reef’ was the only Australian entry to win an Award of Excellence from the international Society for News Design – the top awards for news design globally.

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