The Great Australian Story Challenge winners announced

29 May, 2006

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After a national search, Australian Story has today announced the two winners of the Great Australian Story (G.A.S.) Challenge.

The major prize of a three-month internship with Australian Story has been awarded to David Ford for his story ‘A Little Bit of Magic’ about the career change of one of the senior figures involved in the gun control policy formation after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.

Following thousands of online votes, Lisa Maksimovic was chosen as the clear Viewers’ Choice winner for her story ‘Nick’s Gift’, about the fatal shark attack on 18-year old South Australian Nick Peterson. The Viewers’ Choice prize is a $200 ABC Shop gift voucher.

The G.A.S Challenge celebrated 10 years of Australian Story by encouraging the next generation of Australian Story producers and researchers to adopt the program’s personal approach to story telling that has been so well received.

You can still view the entries from the six finalists by clicking on the video links below.

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Julianne Deeb – “A Shared Path” (Vic)
Kathleen Dyett – “For Love of Country” (ACT)
David Ford – “A Little Bit of Magic” (NSW)
Harriet Gollan – ” A Burning City Glows” (NSW)
Lisa Maksimovic – “Nick’s Gift” (SA)
Kelly Perks – “Random Acts of Kindness” (Qld)

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