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SA people & places take out national rural photography awards (March 2019)

The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalism (ACAJ) National Star Prize for Excellence in Rural Photography has been won by The Stock Journal’s Jacqui Bateman for her pic of Tom Ellis from ‘Coola Station’ at Tantanoola in SA’s South East (pictured).

Judges said it was a classic Australian image of a man and his best friends. The photograph had high technical excellence, being well composed and exposed, with a good choice of lens and settings to make the subject matter really stand out.

Jacqui, from Robe in SA, is a previous International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) World Star Prize winner from 2017 with her photo of a naked shearer.

The Australian winning photo earns $1000 cash prize from the ACAJ.

Winner of the Nature-Landscape category was freelance photographer Paula Heelan from the Darling Downs in Queensland for her photo of a historic stone homestead on Nilpena Station in the Flinders Ranges, SA.

Her photo was published in The Land, Queensland Country Life, and Farm Online.

Winner of the Production category was multi-award winner Tait Schmaal from The Advertiser in Adelaide.

Tait’s photo was an image of farmer Adrian McCabe with the last of his summer crop awaiting harvest at Hamley Bridge in SA.

The three winning photos will now compete in the IFAJ World Star Prize Awards to be judged at the 2019 IFAJ World Congress in Minnesota, USA in July.

In the Rural Radio/Audio Broadcast Awards, ABC’s SA Country Hour rural journalist, Cassandra Hough won the Radio/Audio sub-category for a comprehensive report on a successful Australian agricultural aid project in Vietnam ( Cassandra's radio story will now also be entered in IFAJ World Star Prize Awards in Minnesota.

Tait Schmaal's photo of Hamley Bridge farmer Adrian McCabe looking down into his summer crop


RMSA President - Leigh Radford OAM honoured (Jan 2019)

RMSA President, Leigh Radford was announced as the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal in the 2019 Australia Day Honours Listing.

Leigh Radford OAM retired from a 30-year career in rural communications with the ABC, leaving behind him a lasting legacy that will improve the productivity, profitability and welfare of rural communities across the Australian continent.  At the end of his 30-year career, he was National Head of Rural and National programs with ABC Regional.

However the decision to honour him with an OAM was not based on his professional paid career.  Rather, it was for his voluntary efforts assisting rural, regional, remote and international communities over a period of three decades. In the past, Leigh Radford OAM has been recognised with honours by two other two major organisations:

• "Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation", in recognition of his extraordinary long term commitment to promoting leadership within rural, regional and remote Australia.  A unique honour, conferred on very few people;

• Inducted to the highly esteemed status of "Rural Media Icon" by Rural Media South Australia.  This is the highest honour of Rural Media SA, never bestowed lightly and rarely awarded.

Leigh Radford stands out from all others due to his commitment over an extremely long period on the national and international stage, to improve life in the rural and regional sector.  While he received many accolades for excellence within his paid professional role, that role also provided him with the ideal background to extend his numerous voluntary services.

              Leigh Radford OAM


2018 SA & NT Rural Media Award successes (Dec 2018)

Kristy O'Brien from ABC Landline based in Darwin has taken out the top Rural Journalism award in the 2018 SA & NT Rural Media Awards.  From a very large field of entries, Kristy was named the '2018 SA & NT Rural Journalist of the Year'. Advertiser photographer, Tait Schmaal took out the top Rural Photographer award, being named the '2018 SA & NT Rural Photographer of the Year'.  This was the sixth occasion Tait had been named the top photographer in the Award's 23 year history.

Ian Turner (Chair, Rural Photographer Judging Panel), Brett Smith (CEO, Rural Business Support), Tait Schmaal (The Advertiser - 2018 Rural Photographer of the Year), Prue Adams (ABC Landline, representing Kristy O’Brien - 2018 Rural Journalist of the Year), Dale Manson (Chair, Rural Journalist Judging Panel & RMSA Vice President), Ian Doyle (Event MC & RMSA Immediate Past President)

A successful October 2018 meeting - "Genetically modified crops... the facts, without the spin" (Oct 2018)

Breakfast at the Adelaide Showground. "Genetically modified crops..... the facts without the spin" - Prof Andrew Barr, Emeritus Prof Peter Langridge, Caroline Rhodes.


Emeritus Professor Peter Langridge


Caroline Rhodes

Professor Andrew Barr


Listen to this important Award winning ‘Q-Fever’ Podcast (Sept 2018)

All RMSA members now have the opportunity to listen to Prue Adams’ award winning podcast What is Q-fever Part 1 - the Human Story”.

This story won the RMSA Rural Journalist of the Year Award.  Based on this story, Prue Adams then went on to be named the ‘Best Rural Broadcast Journalist in the World’ at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress held in Germany.

The Q Fever story has become a quality benchmark across the Australian agricultural sector due to its ability to succinctly outline the devastating effects of Q Fever on the nation’s rural population.

This podcast is part of the ABC Landline podcast series.  It is a ‘where-are-they-now’ approach relating to some of the highest quality stories broadcast on Landline over the years.

To get the podcast, go to the podcast App on your phone, tablet or desk top computer and type in ABC Landline and download “What is Q-fever Part 1 - the Human Story”.

If you are on a computer, the following link will take you direct to the specific Landline ‘Q-Fever’ Podcast: tbf-ep06.mp3

If you are on a computer, the following link will take you to the complete Landline "Three Bags Full" podcast site:


Upcoming meetings

Rural Media South Australia aims to provide a genuine focus for rural issues, combined with a forum for networking between the highest levels of agribusiness, government, media and rural producers.

Members and guests are encouraged to note the following dates in their diaries:

2020 Meetings

PENDING: September 2020
Function in lieu of 2020 RMSA Royal Adelaide Show Breakfast

Friday 4th December 2020
2020 SA & NT Rural Media Awards
(Luncheon, 12 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)