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Winners for the 2019 MACA Media Awards were announced at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday 17 October.
Winners are highlighted in the below list of finalists.
We received over 140 nominations in 2019 – a record for the MACA Awards. The stories reveal the extraordinary breadth and vitality of seniors’ lives, encompassing work, travel, health, Indigenous issues, recreation and countless other pursuits and achievements.
Congratulations to Heather Ewart for taking out the Gold MACA Award.
The Gold MACA is presented to an individual whose use of media has made a notable contribution to the realistic portrayal of older people and the development of a community in which older people are valued and respected.
Watch Heather’s acceptance speech.
WINNING ENTRY: DIY (BMF and Revolver/Will O’Rourke)
This short film, directed by The Glue Society, presents a portrait of a man named Colin Taylor, who tells his incredible life story that involves the building of four houses, a yacht and an aeroplane – that he learned to pilot.
WINNING ENTRY: Indigenous ranger's quest to preserve Simpson Desert knowledge (ABC Sunshine Coast)
Bruce Atkinson profiles Aboriginal elder Don Rowlands, who is working to preserve the 60,000-year-old culture and history of his people.
WINNING ENTRY: Baby Boomers Guide to Life in the 21st Century (Radio Skid Row)
Producers Jeff Furolo, Raul Hernandez and Lex Marinos discuss themes relating to ageing in Australia as part of a 13-episode healthy ageing project.
WINNING ENTRY: This 90-year-old may be the oldest paperboy in Australia (ABC 7.30)
90-year-old Kevin Naughton delivers newspapers in the town of Crookwell, braving freezing early mornings to keep his community in the loop.
WINNING ENTRY: Australian grandmother of maths (ABC)
Photograph by Lauren Day.
Watch interviews with winners and see highlights from the 2019 MACA Media Awards.
Stereotypes undervaluing seniors are everywhere in media – and these three have had enough.
In the lead-up to the 2019 MACA Media Awards, Stephen, Kathryn and Wendy turn up the heat on ageist stereotypes and tackle dodgy reporting about seniors.
28 Sep 2022
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