Achievements in captioning recognised

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Friday, 19 August 2011 10:50am

The media industry celebrated a year of achievement last night at the Deafness Forum of Australia Captioning Awards. Leaders from TV networks, caption providers, DVD distributors and community organisations gathered to share in the progress made by the industry towards inclusive media.

The winners were for each category were:

Roma Wood Community Award: Wayne Hawkins, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)

DVD captioning: Warner Home Video

Most consistent use of captions: Javier Arriaga, The Sub Station

Best promotion of captioning: Ai-Media for Ai-Live

TV Captioning:  TV Award is Fox Sports for Hyundai A-League

Best new captioning initiative:  ABC iView for the iView iPad App and the Australian Communications Exchange for Smart Auslan and captions for the Melbourne Sports Museum

Best event captioning: The Captioning Studio for Go Theatrical

Best free to air TV captioning: the Seven Network for Seven News

Members’ Choice: ABC iView

Presented by comedian and Triple J presenter, Tom Ballard, the night was a gala event for the hard working people who contribute to captioned content across Australia.

Veteran captioner, Javier Arriaga was welcomed to the stage by overwhelming applause, reflecting just how respected he is within the industry.

“Javier is undoubtedly the best captioner in Australia, and I think it’s safe to say the best captioner in the world,” said Media Access Australia CEO, Alex Varley, on stage.

When accepting his award for captioning consistency, Arriaga called for the improvement of caption quality across media platforms.

The event was an excellent example of how inclusion can be achieved, with live captioning by CSI and an Auslan interpreter on stage throughout the night.

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