Entries are now open for the 2017 Our Watch Awards

This is the third year of the national media awards scheme developed by Our Watch, the national organisation established to stop violence against women and their children before it starts.

The Awards are designed to recognise and reward exemplary reporting to end violence against women — reporting that highlights the causes of violence and what we as a society can do to prevent it from happening in the first place. The Our Watch Awards are administered by the Walkley Foundation.

“National and international research tells us that the public is heavily influenced by the way violence against women is portrayed in the media. The Our Watch Awards recognise and celebrate this level of influence,” Our Watch Chief Executive Officer Mary Barry said.

High quality reporting on the issue of violence against women helps to improve public understanding of the issue, sheds light on the context in which the violence is occurring and refrains from victim-blaming and sensationalism.

“Many people working in media are doing a fantastic job in reporting on violence against women and we encourage them to enter the Awards,” Ms Barry said.

The Our Watch Awards are open to all journalists and media organisations for work produced in Australia during the eligibility period of July 15, 2016, through to July 7, 2017, in the following categories:

  • Best use of social media
  • All Media: Best news coverage
  • All Media: Best series or special
  • All Media: Best local/community journalism
  • All Media: Best longform
  • All Media: Best journalism campaign
  • The Our Watch Gold Award winner is selected from the above categories.

Entries across all Our Watch Awards categories is free. For more information about the Awards and how to enter visit the Our Watch Awards page. Entries close July 7, with winners announced at a ceremony in Sydney on Sept. 21.

The Our Watch Awards are an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

For more information on Our Watch and resources for journalists visit ourwatch.org.au.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732, or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App from the App Store or Google Play.


Awards questions: Lauren Dixon, Walkley Foundation awards manager:
T: (02) 9333 0913 | M: 0413 212 890 or lauren.dixon@walkleys.com

Our Watch or reporting guidelines and resources: Hannah Grant, Our Watch Media Manager: T: (03) 8692 9512 | M: 0448844930 or hannah.grant@ourwatch.org.au