LISTENER MAN SHOOTS CLOWN
Thanks to the increasingly ridiculous John Banks, acclaimed Listener photographer David White has won New Zealand’s most coveted media award.
White’s amazing photograph of Banks looking exactly like a village idiot was described by judges of the Alcohol Sponsorship Press Award (ASP) as “proof that God exists”.
Awards convenor and Metro hack Steve Braunias said that God put White on the same flight when Banks was seated between New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and Green Party MP Denise Roche.
“David’s far and away the best press photographer in New Zealand – the most expressive, the most alert.
“His talents for comedy and satire are evident in his portrait of the grinning Banks, the despairing Peters, and the stunned Roche.
“It’s worth pointing out that White was also at Banks’ side when he took the defining photograph of the ‘teapot’ incident.
“We can only hope he’s around the next time Banks is involved in a public farce. That can’t be too far away.”
White will receive a bottle of award-winning Stolen Rum (in choice of white or gold variant) as his prize.
The award recognises excellence and strangeness in New Zealand media, including social media, and is open to editors, reporters, subs, weblog writers, photographers, illustrators, critics and even journalism students, although they’re unlikely to come from Wintec in Hamilton.
The judging panel comprises a seasoned media professional in each of the four main centres, as well as Queenstown and Norfolk Island.
Previous winners of the ASP include Cheryl Riley (Hokitika Guardian), TV3 political editor Patrick Gower , Christchurch author Jane Bowron, George FM radio host Nick Dwyer , and fully literate Hauraki DJ Matt Heath.
This week’s finalists are:
- A headline writer at Stuff.
- A headline writer at Critic.
- Waiararapa Times-Age hack Amie Hickland for her timeless story about life in Masterton. “Great photo, too,” added judges. “It’s worthy of David White.”
- Bay of Plenty Times hack Kiri Gillespie for her comedy masterpiece about old men up in arms that a fence would impede their chances of escaping from a tsunami.
- Northern Advocate hack Imran Ali for his kind of depressing story about an incident in prison.
- Jonathan Carson and Rob Kidd of the Waikato Times for their totally horrifying story about an incident in prison.
- An unknown author at the Taranaki Daily News, for this timeless and depressing slice of New Zealand life.
- NZ Herald peach Sarah Daniell, for her decision to interview a “good man” in her 12 Questions series.
- The wildly talented Jackson Wood and Joshua Drummond, for killing Twitter’s best paraody account, @DrBrash
Paul O’Rourke of the Timaru Herald for his astonishing feature story about a love triangle. “A lot of reporters come across stories which they think could be turned into films,” blathered judges. “In fact the stories are mostly just picaresque or seedy, and also really boring. But this one actually could be a film. Probably not an overly happy one.”