Finalists announced for the 2017 Our Watch Awards

Finalists in the 2017 Our Watch Awards have been announced. The Awards, administered by the Walkley Foundation, recognise excellence in reporting to end violence against women and their children.

“Our Watch is proud to announce the finalists of the third annual Our Watch Awards,” Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said.

“Media play a powerful role in bringing violence against women to our attention and shaping the national conversation, and have the potential to positively influence the social and cultural norms that drive violence against women.”

“The high quality of entries in the 2017 Our Watch Awards demonstrate that reporting on violence against women is improving. There is much to celebrate.”

“Congratulations to all 2017 Our Watch Awards finalists,” said Barry.

Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

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 winner of each category will go in the running to receive the Our Watch Gold Award. The awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on Thursday 21 September.

About Our Watch

Our Watch leads Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. Our Watch, the national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children, was created to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children. To do this, the organisation works to increase gender equality and respect in all aspects of everyday life, such as through schools, workplaces, media, sporting organisations, social marketing, and developing and influencing public policy.

About the Our Watch Awards

The Our Watch Awards is a national media awards scheme to recognise and reward exemplary reporting of violence against women, reporting that highlights the drivers of violence and what we as a society can do to stop it before it starts. The Our Watch Awards is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

For more information about the Awards, which are administered by The Walkley Foundation, please visit the Walkleys’ Our Watch Awards page. For more information on Our Watch and resources for journalists, visit

For information about the awards please contact:

Lauren Dixon, Walkley Foundation Awards Manager

(02) 9333 0913,

For information on Our Watch and reporting guidelines and resources please contact:

Hannah Grant, Our Watch Media Manager

(03) 8692 9512, 0448 844 930, E.,