The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide’s quarterly publication Guardian was recognised by the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) at its recent awards night, receiving bronze in the category of Best Original Photography.
More than 300 entries competed across the 23 awards categories amidst a spirit of playful rivalry.
The Salvation Army’s in-house magazine ‘Others’ claimed the title of Publication of the Year, while the NZ Baptist magazine received the prestigious Gutenberg Award.
The awards night was held as part of ARPA’s annual conference, which took place this year in Brisbane from 7 - 8 September at the Novotel Hotel.
Set to the theme of “Communicating Hope & Trust in a Public Faith”, members gathered from across Australia and New Zealand from a host of mostly Christian publications. Discussion revolved primarily around the challenges Christian communicators face in a society that is putting increasing pressure on groups and individuals to keep their faith private.
ARPA President Peter Bentley reflected on this saying, “Over the last year, the place of Christians and the Church in the public sphere has been a subject of significant reflection, discussion and debate.
“ARPA is pleased to now focus on how the church, particularly through Christian media, can again consider communicating hope and trust in a public faith that provides Australia and New Zealand with a foundation of common good. Our Christian heritage is a light that should not be hidden in a world searching for hope.”
The 2019 ARPA Conference will be held in Christchurch, NZ from 6 - 7 September.