Awards for Australian Catholics articles

6 September 2021

Australian Catholics was successful in both the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) and the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards (ACPA).

September has been awards month for Jesuit Communications, with all its publications being recognised at the ARPA and ACPA awards. Australian Catholics did particularly well.

At the ACPA Awards. Australian Catholics was the perennial bridesmaid with runner-up awards in the Best editorial/column/opinion, best headline, and best cover. Respectively, the awards went to  'Explorations: The mystery of the Trinity' by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ; 'Paulie and the punk rock nuns' by Neve Mahoney; and Australian Catholics Family Life.

Australian Catholics received silver at the 2021 ARPA Awards for 'Who is Jesus' by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ in the Best Theological Article category. According to the judges, this article was a 'succinct theological overview of Jesus Christ using a biblical story to convey the context of a journey and encouraging further exploration'. 

Also awarded to Australian Catholics was bronze in the Best Profile Story category for the article 'Elsie's Lessons' by Catherine Marshall. The judges said the author had chosen a worthy, complex character to portray, and that portrayal was done with 'life and vigour.' The judges remarked that the use of selected quotes from the interviewee within the narrative provided 'an informative and engaging article which did honour to the subject'.

ARPA named Eureka Street  Publication of the Year, with the judges citing its 'authenticity of voice and fidelity to the Gospel'. They said Eureka Street was 'grounded in the social teachings of the Catholic Church, it addresses issues both national and international, and gives readers access to some of Australia's best public intellectuals.'

At the ACPA awards Eureka Street was awarded runner-up for Best Online Publication and runner up for Best Ecumenical/Interfaith story, ‘For the life of the world: savvy and radically Christian,’ by Andrew Hamilton. 

Madonna magazine received silver in the Magazine Best Design category at the ARPA awards. The judges commented on the excellence of page design and scrupulous editing of all entries, saying 'It was very hard to choose between Gold and Silver awardees'. At the ACPA awards, Madonna was awarded runner-up for most improved publication.

While the team at Jesuit Communications is delighted to have its work recognised, we also want to thank you, our readers and subscribers, for your continued support of our publications.

No awards were held in 2020 because of COVID-19. For a detailed list of the award winners and judges comments, see the ARPA Awards website and the ACPA Awards website.