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YAJA 2017 Winners Announced

BY Young Art Journalism News Feed + Awards | 23-Nov-2017
Thanks to our committed Judging Panel members, the results are in. This year YAJA has been enhanced by another category to recognise students who embrace the use of digital media to further engage with readers who are interested in all things Arts & Culture - the YAJA target audience.
Young Art Journalism News Feed + Awards

To recognise the extra efforts that go into using digital-media to enhance articles, the YAJA team introduced the category ‘Mobile Journalism’. Our sponsorship partner LumaTouch gave away free LumaFusion-licenses on requests from academic lecturers for their committed students. Further, LumaTouch donated a US$500.- prize for the winner in this category.

YAJA 2017 Awards

Overall Winner

Historical Art of Making Toys Dying Infront of Ignorance
By Nadeem Ahmed, Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal, India


Fake Chinese movie now money spinner in Lagos
By Nurudeen Oyewole, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos, Nigeria

Half Pipe Dream
By Emma Harvey, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

People’s Choice

The Women behind Melbourne label Two Threads
By Anastasia McInerey, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

Best Mobile Journalism

Trompe L’ou
By Marcus Johnson, Victorian College of The Arts, Melbourne, Australia

Editor’s Choice

Europeans at the Gallery: Celebrating Art and Business
By Jasmijn van Houten, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia


All This Panic: NYC Teenagers Get Real in New Documentary
By Yuri Snell / Curtin University

Curator of everything. A portrait of a regional gallery owner and his team.
By Marcus Johnson / VCA Graduate

Le Parcours du Faubourg: Nouméa's Old Colonial Homes
By Michael Brunott / University of Queensland

A Tale of Two Critics: An Interview with David Stratton
By Richard Houlihan / Griffith Film School

A XXI century addiction : Are We Too Dependent on Computers to Function Without Them?
By Tetiana Karpus / Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University

What Judging Panel member’s had to say:

"This was a very nice possibility to have a look at stories made by students beyond the Nordic countries and even beyond Europe. It's quite exciting to discover that the challenges are pretty much the same even if the cultural context is slightly different. Thank you for giving me/us that opportunity!"
Dr Maarit Jaakkola, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

"Here's the vote of the Scottish jury.' It’s been really interesting to read some of the work offered here. Thanks a lot for having me on the panel. I hope the awards will grow in years to come."
Aleksandar Kocic, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Congratulations on the high standard of the finalists. What a fascinating, vibrant and inspiring complement of entries! Thank you again for the opportunity to serve on the judging panel. It is one of the highlights of my year."
Dr Nicole Anae, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia

Full list of Judging Panel members: www.artnewsportal.com/YAJA/panel


Thanks to all the academic lecturers, career development professionals and student ambassadors who helped us spread the word about YAJA.

Thanks to the students who showed leadership, putting in the extra effort along their busy study schedule, to submit an article to YAJA.

Thanks to our sponsors LumaTouch and MacPhun and Michaels for their ongoing support.

And very special thanks to those who believe in YAJA and help us help students enrolled in Arts degrees to add some meaningful experiences to their graduate portfolio.

If you liked the experience along the way, please share it with your peers. The more people know about this unique opportunity for students to showcase their talent, the better.


ENTRIES ARE OPEN! YAJA is ongoing. Articles can be published at any time.


Thank you for all your support.
“See you at YAJA”.

Erik Rathmayr & Volker Janssen
Co-founders of the Young Art Journalism Feed + Awards