Cairns Post picks up top media awards
EDITORIAL staff of The Cairns Post won four major honours at the Queensland Multi Media Awards on Saturday night.
Court reporter and columnist Melanie Petrinec won the Best Controversial Story category for her article "Cape bid for leap of faith".
The report focused on how little had changed despite money being poured into the Cape York community to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people.
Photographer Brendan Francis won best sports photograph for "Champ", a black and white image of the boxing tournament at Ivanhoes Football Club, Smithfield.
The Cairns Post pictorial editor Marc McCormack won best photographic image for "Ablaze", and best editorial image for "Machine Gun Preacher" for his photograph of Sam Childers when he was in Cairns to promote the movie of the same name based on his life.
"Ablaze" was a photo of Taipans player Jamar Wilson training for a game against a backdrop of fire.
"It took a lot of effort," Mr McCormack said.
"Queensland Fire and Rescue really helped out with the story with a structure that spills gas, which we used in the background," he said.
The Cairns Post's promotional advertisement for The Weekend Post was also deemed a winner with advertising agency, Media Power, picking up the award for Best TV Commercial and Noel Castley-Wright of Oxygen Pictures picking up the award for Best TV Editing/Production Technique.
Queensland Multi Media Awards organiser Anita Plos said there were 458 entries this year across 54 categories and about 200 people attended the awards ceremony at the Pullman Cairns International.
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News team: Reporter Melanie Petrinec, picture editor Marc McCormack and photographer Brendan Francis receive top honours at the Queensland Multi Media Awards.