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TVNZ WIN 3 OF 4 QANTAS AWARDS FOR NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS CRAFT


The Qantas Film and Television Awards weekend has started well for TVNZ, winning 3 of the 4 News & Current Affairs Craft Awards this afternoon in Auckland.

TVNZ's Steve Lawton won Best News Camera, Andrew Gibb Best News Editing and Martin Anderson won Best Current Affairs Camera which included being awarded the Joe Von Dinklage Memorial Trophy.

"These guys are world class," said TVNZ's Head of News, Current Affairs and Sport, Anthony Flannery.

"They're part of the highly talented TVNZ team who are continually on the frontline of news and current affairs, and they do it every day under pressure and on deadline.
 
"Although they avoid television's spotlight they deserve all of the recognition due to them today for their technical and creative expertise. I'm proud to work with them."

BEST NEWS CAMERA - STEVE LAWTON, ONE NEWS (Auckland)
Steve won this award for a portfolio of beautiful and diverse camera work from filming nesting Fairy Terns through to high speed tennis balls during a training session for the Ball Kids working the Heineken Tennis Open.

BEST NEWS EDITING - ANDREW GIBB, BREAKFAST (Wellington)
Andrew won this for "Spelling Bee", a story he edited for Breakfast that humorously documented reporter, Matt McLean's failed attempt to take the NZ Spelling Bee title.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS CAMERA - MARTIN ANDERSON, 20/20
Martin won this award for "Lost and Found", a story based on a John Doe - a body with no name, a story with few pictures.  The outcome of this carefully shot and constructed piece resulted in the body being reunited with and closure for his family.  Martin described the story as 'very rewarding'.

 The Best Current Affairs Camera is the Joe von Dinklage Memorial Award. Joe was the cameraman who drowned when a helicopter carrying Paul Holmes and a Holmes TV crew crashed into the sea at Anaura Bay in 1989. Paul presented the award to Martin this afternoon.


ONE Sport's Steve Jamieson won the Qantas Craft Award for Best Multi-Camera Direction for the second year in a row.

Steve is one of the best and most experienced live sport directors in the world and has been seconded to the Commonwealth Games in India next month. 

Today's award was recognition for his work directing the Heineken Open Tennis Final from Auckland in January.

When Steve won this award last year he dedicated it to his 17 year old son, Juke who had just died of cancer.

"Steve's an inspiration, his professionalism, focus and commitment over the last two years has been nothing short of awesome, we're all absolutely rapt he's won again, it was very poignant and thoroughly deserved".

The Qantas Film and Television gala event is being held tomorrow evening at Auckland's Civic Theatre.  Edited highlights from the gala will screen on TV ONE at 10:45pm on Sunday night (19th Sept).

Contact:
Andi Brotherston
PR Manager for News & Current Affairs
021 242 11 11