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Entries open for 19th annual Samsung Australian IT Journalism Awards

Influencing has opened entries for this year’s Samsung Australian IT Journalism Awards to be held at Sydney’s Luna Park on Friday 16 July 2021.

The awards will celebrate journalists’ achievements throughout the 2020 calendar year, and provide an opportunity for the industry to once again meet in-person following a partially virtual event last year.

Samsung Australia has re-committed to supporting the Lizzies, with Watterson Marketing Communications and Amazon Web Services also pledging their support once again.

“In many ways 2020 was a coming of age for the technology sector, with more people than ever making use of digital tools to enable them to work remotely, or even just to connect with families and friends,” said Influencing CEO Phil Sim.

“We look forward to recognising the contribution that those in the technology media made to helping Australians adapt to remote and digital work and living, because arguably their work has never been more valuable.”

Journalists can now submit their entries to this year’s Samsung IT Journalism Awards by visiting

If you have any queries regarding entries please contact Elliott Richardson on 0437 834 181, or via

Every journalist who submits an entry will be afforded one free ticket to attend the awards ceremony, courtesy of our sponsors. Tickets for friends and guests are available for purchase at

Those wishing to assist in judging the awards, please contact Elliott Richardson — all judges receive one free ticket to the event.

Sponsorships are still available. Please contact Mike Woodcock on 0411 969 248, or via to show your support and secure one of the final sponsorship opportunities.

The award categories are below:

Gold Lizzies

The Gold Lizzies will recognise the single best journalist and title for the year of 2020.

  • Best Title

  • Best Journalist

Coverage Awards

The Coverage Awards aim to recognise editorial quality by a team of journalists working for a single masthead on a single beat. Nominations must include the work of more than one journalist.

  • Best News Coverage

  • Best Consumer Technology Coverage

  • Best Business Coverage

  • Best Gaming Coverage

  • Best Independent Coverage

Beat Awards

The Beat Awards aim to recognise individual journalists who demonstrate the greatest skill in delivering content for a particular audience. Please note an article can only be entered in ONE of the following categories.

  • Helen Dancer Best Consumer Technology Journalist

  • Paul Zucker Best Industry Journalist

  • John Costello Best Business Journalist

  • Best Gaming Journalist

  • Best Telecommunications Journalist

  • Best Security Journalist

  • Best Technology Issues Journalist

Journalism Awards

The Journalism Awards aim to recognise journalists who excel in different forms of journalism.

  • Cass Warneminde Best News Journalist

  • Best Reviewer

  • Best Technical Journalist

  • Alicia Camphuisen Best New Journalist

  • Graeme Philipson Best Columnist

Media Relations Award

The Media Relations Award is chosen by IT journalists, and recognises the PR professional who has left a lasting impression by effectively working alongside the media.

  • David Hellaby Best Media Relations

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