Dr Mumbo

The picture of Julian Clarke

And so to the newspaper industry’s night of nights, the PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards, where images were the big hero of the evening.

For example the laser sharpness of everyone’s favourite Taiwanese read the Sharp Daily was recognised in the vaunted award for single width printing in the Technical Excellence category.

And in the Photography category journalist Simon Maud upset the odds to win the News Photo of the Year category for his series a photos of a dramatic water rescue.

IMG_5072But Dr Mumbo’s highlight of the evening was when News Corp’s outgoing boss Julian Clarke was brought up on stage to accept a portrait of himself created by speed painter Brad Blaze – to mark his 50 years in the industry.

And Julian won the night by pledging to donate $10,000 to charity on being presented with the picture.

However, given that theme the organisers might have wanted to cast a second eye over the awards cover…

Dr Mumbo understands why you would put previous winners there, but he wonders if the team from the recently defunct MX newspaper (who last year won best mobile app) might not have been the best choice?


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