May 2012


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 ASPs, now in their sixth month, are held in association with Stolen Rum, and are announced each Friday on the Twitter account @SteveBraunias.

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: