Three gongs for Catholic Outlook at 2011 ACPA Awards


The annual conference of the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) was held in Adelaide from 6-9 September 2011. A highlight of every conference is the ACPA Awards for Excellence. This year the awards were presented at the conference dinner at the National Wine Centre Adelaide on Thursday 8 September.

The after dinner speaker was General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC, CNZM, Chancellor of Australian Catholic University. The awards were presented by Monsignor David Cappo, Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.

The top awards were: Best Magazine – Kairos Catholic Journal, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne; and Best Newspaper – The Sandpiper, Catholic Diocese of Bendigo.

Catholic Outlook, the official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, was acclaimed in three categories:

Highly Commended in Best Editorial for Bishop Anthony’s Letter (June 2010): ‘Freedom from fear – Refugee Week 2010’. The judge said: “Very clear, concise and referenced position on refugees.”

Click here to read the Bishop’s Letter

Winner of Best Advertising Feature/Supplement for the Vocations issue (August 2010). The judges said: “All of the 9 entries showed thought and effort in this project and are to be congratulated. The approaches were wide and varied, and covered a range of print and photographic techniques. Equally important in the judging criteria was the editorial content and its effectiveness in conveying the intended message. But there can only be one winner although two other entrants were of a high standard. In the view of the panel the winner is Catholic Outlook. The cover photograph ‘Is God Calling You’ was outstanding and the subsequent editorial coverage (P14-31) showed a great depth and fluency. The general layout was excellent. The theme of ‘Jesus is calling you’ was well carried through most articles. A job well done.”

Click here to read the Vocations feature

Winner of Best Layout & Design - Magazine. The judge said: “This magazine is stand-out in shape, content and design.  Its use of photography and modern layout is superior.  This product would sit comfortably on any magazine shelf.”

Click here to view the current issue – September 2011 

Catholic Outlook’s editor, Jane Favotto, said production of the magazine was a strong collaborative effort. “We are grateful for Bishop Anthony’s leadership and the support of our clergy, Chancery and parish staff, Catholic Education Office and staff in Catholic schools, and peopel engaged in many areas of ministry across the Diocese.”

The magazine is produced monthly by a small, mostly part-time staff, that includes Virginia Knight (journalist & advertising sales), Chris Murray (graphic designer), and Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu (photography).

Schools’ news is compiled by Annette Loughlin-Smith and the Catholic Education Office Communications Unit.

Catholic Outlook’s website is coordinated by Lisa Garland and Andrew Emmerson

Click here to visit the website

Sincere thanks to all those who support Catholic Outlook – both in readership, submission of stories and photos, and with advertising.

Other winners at the 2011 ACPA Awards include:

Best Website for a Publication:, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney;

Best Layout & Design – Newspaper: Catholic Voice, Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn;

Best Front Cover and Best Mission Coverage: Australian Catholics, Jesuit Communications; and

Best Editorial: The Nathaniel Report, the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre.

ACPA’s members include the editors and staff of Catholic publications and people working in media and communications roles within the Catholic Church. At this year’s conference, 56 delegates enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with colleagues from around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to discuss issues that are of common interest.

Guest speakers included: Andrew Killey (kwp! Advertising); Chris Rann (Rann Communications); Matt Deighton (Messenger Newspapers); Paul Hamra (Solstice Media); Jenny Brinkworth (The Southern Cross); and Michael Mullins (Eureka Street).

Whenever possible, ACPA invites a Pacific delegate who may otherwise not have the opportunity to attend the conference. This year’s delegate was Fr Peter Puthenkandam from the Catholic Diocese of Maliana in East Timor, whose participation was sponsored by Caritas Australia.

ACPA is grateful for the support of conference sponsors:

Catholic Development Fund, Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide 

Catholic Church Insurances Ltd (CCI) 

Caritas Australia 

Sevenhill Jesuit Wines 

WN Bull Funeral Directors 

Australian Catholic University 

Campion College Australia 

The Broken Bay Institute 

Makinson & d’Apice Lawyers 

Fairfax Media 

John Garrett Publishing 

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