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Meet our 2016 judges

Brendan Esposito

The Sydney Morning Herald photographer Brendan Esposito has dipped into all walks of life. He has documented Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, royal, presidential and Ashes tours. The photos that won him the PANPA News Photographer of the Year (national/metropolitan), haunting black and white scenes of destruction in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, are the result of years of experience in difficult situations and regions of conflict.

Brendan Esposito

David Terrazas

Californian born David Terrazas has 30+ years experience working in the Australian ad, design and digital media industry. In a previous life, David was NSW and National President of AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) and involved in a number of other industry organisations. An early adopter of digital technologies in communications, David has served on a number of awards panels over the years including AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association), PIA (Print Industry Association), AWARDS, and the London International Advertising Awards.

David Terrazas

Daniel Sankey

Daniel is a 20-year veteran of the Australian media industry. He edited regional daily newspapers for the APN group in Queensland before playing a key role in the launch of Fairfax’s brisbanetimes.com.au. He’s also been the Editor for theage.com.au, the Editor of Fairfax's digital coverage of the 2012 London Olympics and launch Editor for The New Daily. Obsessed with breaking news and all things sport, Daniel was the winner of PANPA’s prestigious Hegarty Prize in 2004.

Daniel Sankey

Prof Andrew Jakubowicz

Andrew Jakubowicz been involved in action research and race relations since the 70s, and has been centrally involved in the development of materialist theories of cultural diversity. He has taught at universities in the USA, Europe and Asia, and was the foundation director of the Centre for Multicultural Studies at the University of Wollongong. He has published widely on ethnic diversity issues, disability studies and media studies. He was historical adviser to the exhibitions on the Jewish communities of Shanghai, at the Sydney Jewish Museum (2001-2002), the National Maritime Museum (2001-2003) and the national travelling exhibition "Crossroads: Shanghai and the Jews of China" (2002-2003). He was foundation chair of the Disability Studies and Research Institute. The website, Making Multicultural Australia in the 21st Century, an educational website developed jointly with the Office of the Board of Studies NSW, won the 2005 'Best Secondary Educational website' category of the annual Excellence in Educational Publishing Awards.

Prof Andrew Jakubowicz

Natalie O'Brien

Media professional with more than 25 years’ experience in newspapers, online and digital platforms. Formerly an investigative reporter with Fairfax Media in Sydney working for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. Natalie previously worked in senior roles for The Australian Newspaper based in Perth and Sydney. She also held media relations and outreach roles for The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague and for the United Nations Development Program based in Amman, Jordan.

Natalie O'Brien

Peter Lynch

Peter is a former group executive editor at Fairfax Media, chairman of Glass Onion Multi-Media, News Editor of The Financial Review, editor of The South China Morning Post, night editor at The Times of London, Show Business Editor and The Daily Mail, London, Peter has run major news operations, launched new titles in Europe and Asia and has extensive experience in Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Lynch

Majida Abboud-Saab

Majida is a media specialist and pioneer in multicultural and multilingual broadcasting in Australia. She joined SBS Radio during the set up of 2EA Radio and continued with SBS for 38 years as a journalist and executive producer on Radio, TV and online. Her contribution to broadcasting over the years includes broadcasting, coaching, inspiring and managing teams of journalists in more than 70 languages.  She has extensive experience in programming multicultural media formats, editorial and updated communication strategies to engage communities of non-English speaking background in a complex competitive media environment. Over the years Majida has been recognised with many prestigious awards for her distinguished journalistic career.

Majida Abboud-Saab

Prof Alan Knight

Professor Alan Knight is a senior academic and an experienced journalist. He is the Australian representative and Board member of the Asian Media Information Research Centre and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre of Asia Studies at Hong Kong University. In 2009, he was appointed as an external examiner in Journalism courses run by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia. Dr Knight was twice elected as the President of Academic Board, Central Queensland University's supreme academic forum. He was a member of CQU's Council and Senior Executive from 2000 to 2005. In 2006, he was appointed Discipline Leader in Journalism Media and Communication at the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. The Australian Research Council recognised him as an "eminent researcher" in 2009 and appointed to the national panel reviewing Humanities research as part of Excellence in Research Australia(opens an external site). He is editor of the online journal, eJournalist.

Prof Alan Knight

Tuong Quang Luu AO

From 1989 to 2006, Quang Luu was Head of SBS Radio, Australia’s national multicultural and multilingual broadcaster in 68 languages including English. A recipient of Australia’s Centenary Medal in 2001 for “service to Australian society in broadcasting”, Quang was named by the Prime Minister, an Australian Achiever of the Year on Australia Day 2002. In June 2002 on the Queen’s Birthday, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for “service to the development of multicultural radio broadcasting in Australia through the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), and to the community, particularly through promoting understanding between diverse cultural groups”.

Quang had been a senior executive of the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in Canberra before he was posted to Sydney as the Department's State Director for New South Wales in 1987.. Quang remains active in the print and electronic media, as a contributor, columnist and commentator on social and multicultural.

Tuong Quang Luu AO