Grant Bradley Australasia’s aviation journalist of the year

Cathay Pacific sales and marketing manager for Australia Richard Jones (left) and Airservices chief executive Jason Harfield (right) with Australasian Aviation journalist of the year 2016 winner Grant Bradley from The New Zealand Herald. (Seth Jaworski)
Cathay Pacific sales and marketing manager for Australia Richard Jones (left) and Airservices chief executive Jason Harfield (right) with Australasian Aviation journalist of the year 2016 winner Grant Bradley from The New Zealand Herald. (Seth Jaworski)

Grant Bradley from The New Zealand Herald has taken out the aviation journalist of the year award for 2016 at the Australasian Aviation Press Club (AAPC) awards, while Australian Aviation and Runway Girl Network contributor John Walton was named runner up in that category.

The pair also finished one-two in the aviation multimedia story of 2016 category, with Bradley winning for his piece titled “Cathay shows off latest addition to its fleet” and Walton the runner up for his “online real-time coverage of the Farnborough Airshow”.

It was a night of accolades for Bradley, who was also also runner up in the New Zealand aviation news story of 2016 for “AKL-LAX fare war begins”.

The awards were presented at the annual dinner of the AAPC in Sydney on Friday November 25.

Among the other winners, The Australian Financial Review’s Michael Smith took out the Australian news story of the year for his piece “Virgin hires John Thomas in management restructure”.

The defence story of the year category went to Trevor Thomas, for his article in Australian Aviation’s sister publication Australian Defence Business Review “Inside the Defence White Paper – Part 2”.

Photographer and Australian Aviation contributor Seth Jaworski received the photographer of the year award, while Tom Ballantyne took out the aviation technical story of 2016 for his article in Orient Aviation titled “Airlines ignore the big data bandwagon at their peril”.

Jamie Freed, writing for The Australian Financial Review, received the New Zealand Aviation news story of 2016 for her story “Air New Zealand faces headwinds as competition increases”. Freed is now a senior companies news correspondent at Thompson Reuters.

And AirlineRatings.com Steve Creedy’s piece “MH370 – Now for the facts” was judged aviation feature story of 2016.

Rolls Royce vice president defence Australasia Roxley McLennan (left) with aviation technical story winner Tom Ballantyne of Orient Aviation. (Seth Jaworski)
Rolls Royce vice president defence Australasia Roxley McLennan (left) with aviation technical story winner Tom Ballantyne of Orient Aviation. (Seth Jaworski)
Singapore Airlines public affairs manager Southwest Pacific Karl Schubert (left) and Hawker Pacific chief operating officer Asia Pacific (right) with aviation photographer of the year Seth Jaworski. (Paul Sadler)
Singapore Airlines public affairs manager Southwest Pacific Karl Schubert (left) and Hawker Pacific chief operating officer Asia Pacific Doug Park (right) with aviation photographer of the year winner Seth Jaworski. (Paul Sadler)
Boeing vice president of international corporate communications Charlie Miller (right) with aviation technical story winner Trevor Thomas from Australian Defence Business Review. (Seth Jaworski)
Boeing vice president of international corporate communications Charlie Miller (right) with defence story of the year winner Trevor Thomas from Australian Defence Business Review. (Seth Jaworski)
New Zealand news story winner Jamie Freed. (Seth Jaworski)
New Zealand news story of the year winner Jamie Freed. (Seth Jaworski)
Airbus executive vice president for Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific Christopher Buckley (left) with aviation feature story winner Steve Creedy from Airlineratings.com (Seth Jaworski)
Airbus executive vice president for Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific Christopher Buckley (left) with aviation feature story of the year winner Steve Creedy from Airlineratings.com (Seth Jaworski)
Aviation journalist of the year (sponsored by Airservices and Cathay Pacific)

Winner: Grant Bradley, The New Zealand Herald
Runner-up: John Walton, Australian Aviation and Runway Girl Network

Aviation photographer of the year (sponsored by Hawker Pacific and Singapore Airlines)

Winner: Seth Jaworski, Australian Aviation
Runner-up: Martin de Ruyter, The Nelson Mail

Australian aviation news story (sponsored by Sydney Airport)

Winner: Michael Smith, “Virgin hires John Thomas in management restructure“, The Australian Financial Review
Runner-up: Mitchell Bingemann, “Pilots facing groundings over medical delays“, The Australian

New Zealand aviation news story

Winner: Jamie Freed, “Air New Zealand faces headwinds as competition increases”, The Australian Financial Review
Runner-up: Grant Bradley, “AKL‐LAX fare war begins“, The New Zealand Herald

Aviation feature story (sponsored by Airbus)

Winner: Steve Creedy, “MH370 – Now for the facts“, AirlineRatings.com
Runner-up: Brendan Nicholson, “Raining down a fiery justice”, The Weekend Australian

Aviation defence story (sponsored by Boeing)

Winner: Trevor Thomas, “Inside the Defence White Paper – Part 2”, Australian Defence Business Review
Runner-up: Kym Bergmann, “F‐35 – Senate inquiry uncovers new information“, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter

Aviation technical story (sponsored by Rolls Royce)

Winner: Tom Ballantyne, “Airlines ignore the big data bandwagon at their peril”, Orient Aviation
Runner-up: Stewart Wilson, “Fans and Gears”, Aero Australia

Aviation multimedia story (sponsored by Air New Zealand)

Winner: Grant Bradley, “Cathay shows off latest addition to its fleet“, The New Zealand Herald
Runner-up: John Walton, “Online real‐time coverage of Farnborough Airshow“, Runway Girl Network, Twitter, YouTube