The Courier journalist Elisa Rose won both photography categories at the annual Country Press SA Awards held in Adelaide on Friday night.
Her photograph of SA Sports Minister Leon Bignell heading a soccer ball to announce a $2.5m funding grant to Mt Barker’s proposed sports hub was judged as the best news image.
Judge Barry O’Brien, a Walkley Award winning photographer with The Advertiser, said the image “had great expressions, the action was good and it was well planned”.
Her image of a falling horse at the Oakbank races was judged the Best Sports Photo published in regional SA in 2017.
Judge John Pick said it was one of those rare times when a photographer was in exactly the right place at the right time to “capture the photo of the year”.
“Elisa managed to keep the two main subjects in sharp focus in the split second she had to get this prize winning photo,” he said.
“Congratulations to Elisa and The Courier who have set the benchmark of sports photography in SA country newspapers over many decades.”
The Courier also received the award for producing the best editorials.
Judge Shauna Black said The Courier produced “thoughtful” editorials that “resonate with the paper’s discerning audience”.
The paper also finished third in the categories for best headline and best community profile.
The best newspaper with a circulation under 4000 was the Plains Producer based at Balaklava, while the best large circulation paper was the Yorke Peninsula Country Times from Kadina.
The Courier managing director Norman Marston said he was delighted with The Courier’s continued success at the awards.
“The whole team works hard to bring the news of the Hills to our readers,” he said.
“High quality newspapers do not happen by accident and The Courier is produced by a dedicated group of people who have the interests of the Hills at heart.”