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Shortlist announced for awards in advance of ceremony on 18th December

11th December 2020: The Guild of Agricultural Journalists today announced the shortlist for the 2020 Agri Guild Awards, sponsored by FBD Insurance. The awards, which are held every two years, aim to encourage excellence in the reporting of farming, food and rural life on the island of Ireland. 

This year’s awards will be live streamed to attendees from the RDS Dublin, on Friday 18th December from 3-4pm. The ceremony will be hosted by RTE Broadcaster Damien O’Reilly and Chair of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists, Amy Forde. It will also feature an address from Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.

More than 200 entries were received into this years awards which were reviewed by an independent judging panel. The shortlist for the 2020 Agri Guild awards is as follows:

Best news article

  • Irish gang behind EU machinery ring – Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Irish Farmers Journal
  • Over 28,000ac of farmland controlled by vulture funds – Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Irish Farmers Journal
  • Farmers running the gauntlet at Liffey Meats – Damian McCarney, Anglo Celt

Best feature article

  • The beef battle of Britain may be about to come full circle – Declan O’Brien, Farming Independent
  • Larry Goodman’s finances – a three-week investigative series – Lorcan Allen and Hannah Quinn Mullingan, Irish Farmers Journal
  • Round the kitchen table – Mairead Lavery, Irish Farmers Journal

Best technical article

  • Natural capital – Odile Evans, Irish Farmers Journal
  • Value destruction of liquid milk – Lorcan Allen & Jack Kennedy, Irish Farmers Journal
  • High tech plasma reactor adds more value to slurry – Chris McCullough, Profi International

Best visual report

  • Beef protests – Fran McNulty, RTÉ
  • Commonage farming – Darragh McCullough, Indiepics – Ear to the Ground
  • Cashel Mart – Paula Williams & Helen Carroll, Indiepics – Ear to the Ground

Best audio report

  • Potato harvest – Fran McNulty, RTÉ
  • Farming Matters outside broadcast in Co Down – Nicola Weir & David Maxwell, BBC Radio Ulster
  • Angela Hogan’s story – Jim Finn
  • Environmental sustainability and financial wellbeing of farm families – Damien O’Reilly, Countrywide, RTÉ

Best targeted campaign

  • ABP Angus youth challenge Northern Ireland – MF Communication
  • Incredible edibles – Agri Aware
  • Dairy Ireland – IFP Media
  • Farm succession – Odile Evans, Irish Farmers Journal

Best COVID reporting

  • The final journey – Mairead Lavery, Irish Farmers Journal
  • COVID-19 virus knows no borders – Michael Fisher, The Northern Standard
  • Road to recovery – Matt O’Keeffe, Irish Farmers Monthly

Best COVID Communications

  • The transformation of Teagasc communications – Eric Donald
  • Teagasc COVID-19 innovations and initiatives – Irish Farmers Journal
  • Certified Irish Angus repositioning campaign in the year of COVID – Gemma Smyth Communications

Rising Star

  • Claire Fox, Agri Aware
  • Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Irish Farmers Journal
  • Barry Cassidy, Irish Farmers Journal

Best photograph

  • Breath – Donal O’Leary
  • My wee Fergie – John McVitty, Impartial Reporter
  • Wild Atlantic – Valerie O’Sullivan
  • Tossing the Sheaves – Cliff Donaldson, Farm Wee
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