Examiner photographer wins award for excellence

By Leigh Pritchard

It was photographer Debrah Novak's time to have her picture taken.

The Daily Examiner and Coastal Views photographer has been presented with a 2006 Northern New South Wales journalism Prodis Award for best feature photography. Ms Novak said she felt honoured. She attended the awards ceremony on Saturday night with her peers in print, radio, television and photography from Hawkesbury to the Queensland border at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle.

"I felt really special being there ? walking up the red carpet," Ms Novak said.

"All the industry heads were there."

Ms Novak submitted A Night at the Ballet ? a five-photo essay of the Clarence Valley Youth and Clarence Valley Conservatorium Sinfonia Orchestra's Ballet performance of Swan Lake.

She said judges commended The Daily Examiner for recognising the quality of coverage and photography in publishing the photo spread in September.

Judges included Channel Nine producer David McCombe, Illawarra Mercury journalist and Walkley Award winner Jenny Dennis and ABC television journalist Tim Lee. Photographic judges came from The Age, the Daily Telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Daily Examiner photographer Adam Hourigan was runner-up for sports photography. The award for best television current affairs report went to former Yamba resident Penny Anderson for her environmental report called The Stench, for ABC TV.

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