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Wesley Impact! wins three gongs at Australasian awards

21 September 2018 Wesley Mission news
Sally Ryan, Graeme Cole and Olga Korobko

Sally Ryan, Graeme Cole and Olga Korobko

Wesley Impact! magazine has won three awards from the Australasian Religious Press Association for excellence in religious journalism.

Public Affairs Manager and Editor of Wesley Impact!, Graeme Cole, won a Silver Award for Best Profile story, photographer Murray Harris a Silver Award for Best Photograph while the magazine was judged to be the third best magazine for layout and design competing against publications from Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.

Graeme’s feature story in the 2017 Spring edition about Wesley Connect client Chris was described by the judges as “a cleverly structured article” that explained the work of Wesley Mission through “in-depth expository writing” and “explanatory non-judgmental and sympathetic paragraphs” that provided “a human face to the problem of homelessness.” 

Wesley client Chris

Murray Harris, who photographed Chris in the same feature story was given a Silver Award for Best Original Photograph. The judges noted: “The leading line (up the subject’s arm) leaves nothing to be desired. The expression shows love and devotion for the rodent while the soft lighting enhances the exposure. The layout, composition and presentation are highly commendable.”

In recognition of Senior Designer Sally Ryan's creative direction, Wesley Impact! also won a Bronze Award for Best Design Magazine with the judges praising “the good use of a simple theme”, its clarity, typographical layout and photography.

The Australasian Religious Press Association has more than 150 publications and members across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

“The magazine has been a team effort and I am delighted that Wesley Mission continues to be acknowledged for its journalism, photography and creativity,” Graeme said. “It’s been a pleasure working alongside Sally Ryan, Olga Korobko and others to make this publication the best it can be for its readers. Information is never a substitute for quality journalism.”