Industry pioneers celebrated at First Nations Media Awards 2019
The annual First Nations Media Awards celebration was held at the Old Quarry, just outside Mparntwe (Alice Springs) on Friday night, 30th November. Hosted by First Nations Media Australia and the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), the event recognised excellence in all forms of media production.

Around 150 guests travelled from communities in the Torres Strait, Kimberley and Pilbara regions, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Port Augusta, Arnhem Land, Lismore, Brisbane, Yuendumu and other remote Northern Territory communities, the Ngaanyatjarra lands, Canberra, Wilcannia, New Zealand to join local Alice Springs community members for a night of entertainment and celebration in a magical location, starting with a welcome from Kumalie Riley and the Tinkerbee Dancers.

The evening got off to a light-hearted start with guests joining The Everlastings for a sing-a-long and a special guest appearance from 6DBY Chairman, Cyril Archer who gave a fabulous rendition of Stand By Me. MCs, Lola Forester (Koori Radio) and Bernard Namok Jnr (TEABBA) kept the evening on track throughout the presentation of 19 award categories. Stuart Nuggett performed in Jingili, an endangered language from the Elliott region in the Northern Territory. The Black Rock Band got everyone rocking the dirt dance floor to wrap up the night.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the First Nations Media Lifetime Achievement Award to Freda Glynn, who had traveled from Cooktown to attend the event. Freda was a  founder of CAAMA and then Imparja television. She was recognised for her vision to deliver essential information and news to communities in all the Central Australian Aboriginal languages, something that remains in action today with CAAMA going from strength to strength in the heart of Australia. In presenting the award, First Nations Media Australia Chair, Dot West thanked Freda for her leadership, acknowledging that it was CAAMA that inspired and guided many of communities around Australia in establishing their own media organisations.
"Just looking around, and watching in the last few days, the group working together, I know with all the praises that you give me, I've left it in good hands," said Freda on accepting the award, "I was so excited walking around yesterday and seeing everybody so busy, everybody there, so excited about what you're going to do next. It's all going to be just keeping that momentum up and loving what you do, because I must tell you I loved every minute of CAAMA. And watching it grow and watching the influence its had around the country, I can watch all the channels and hear all the radio and films and I just think, wait til they see us in another ten years, you wait Australia, we've got stories to tell."
Photo: Freda Glynn
While the awards recognised both Freda Glynn and John Macumba's contributions to the establishment of the First Nations media industry, modern media formats were also celebrated, including messaging about mobile phone use, podcast content and digital production development, alongside upcoming talent in traditional media formats. Wayne Bynder received the Outstanding Contributor Award in recognition of over 40 years of igniting passion for broadcasting across the Kimberley and generously sharing his knowledge across the industry.

The evening was broadcast live to remote Australia on ICTV, who contributed valuable in-kind support for the event, and via the First Nations media platform,
indigiTUBE and Facebook Live. It can be viewed in full on the First Nations Media Australia Facebook page. The full list of award recipients appears below.

The First Nations Media Awards was held on the final evening of CONVERGE Alice Springs the  annual conference for the First Nations media industry. The conference was a productive few days of sharing knowledge, networking, skills development and planning for the future direction of the First Nations media industry. The full conference program can be viewed here with a communique to follow shortly.
For interviews, photos or further information contact:

Claire Stuchbery
Policy & Strategic Communications Officer
First Nations Media Australia
0403 520 765
Major Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award

Freda Glynn

First Nations Media Legend Award
John Macumba

Outstanding Contributor Award
Wayne Bynder (pictured left)

Recognition of Contribution
Daniel Featherstone
Best Digital Product Award
ICTV - InLanguage

Best Training and Professional Development Award
Goolarri Media

Best Promo or Campaign Award (TV, Print, Online)
33 Creative - RUOK?

Best Promo or Station ID
PAW Media - Safe Mobile Phone Use community service announcement

Best Photography Award
Ngaarda Media

Best Interview or Oral History
NITV - Living Black for Karla Grant's interview with Jack Charles about homelessness

Best News or Current Affairs Story
RTR FM - Special Sorry Day broadcast

Best News or Current Affairs Program
RTR FM - Moorditj Mag

Best Music Video Award
Barkly Arts - Let Us Stand Together, a song by Warren H Williams

Best Drama or Comedy Award
Iwantja Arts - Never Stop Riding

Best Sports Coverage Award
PAW Media - 60 Years of Yuendumu sports weekends

Best Culture/Language Award
PAW Media - Governance video translated in Warlpiri

Best Community Television Documentary Award
Jade Runner by Nevanka McKeon

Best Television Documentary Feature Award
She Who Must Be Loved

Best Feature Radio Documentary Series
33 Creative - The Real Podcast
Photos: Richie Guymala, Black Rock Band (top left) Valerie Martin, Chair of PAW Media & Cyril Archer, Chair of 6DBY (top right)
Above: Gilmore Johnston, Paul Tolley, Kevin Ungwanaka, Owen Cole, Rob Mitchell, Karl Hampton (standing)
Jennifer Howard, Freda Glynn & Dr Patricia Miller (sitting)
With thanks to our First Nations Media Awards sponsors:
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PO Box 2731 Alice Springs NT 0871
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