Nominations are open for annual captioning awards

Thursday, 5 June 2014 13:22pm

Innovations and great access through captioning are celebrated and rewarded at the annual Deafness Forum Captioning Awards. There are six categories covering the full range of captioning in Australia, from helping children to new innovations in digital captioning and recognising individuals who have made significant contributions to captioning in Australia.

Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley convenes the panel of judges and confirms that to win an award it has to be something out of the ordinary.

“We are looking for something that takes captioning to the next level, beyond a legal quota or just doing what has been happening for the last few years. Size doesn’t matter. The judges take into account the capacity to innovate and last year’s organisational award went to a small independent school in Victoria, Forest Hill College, that has completely embraced captioning in all school activities.”

The full list of last year’s winners and links to some of their innovations are also available for access.

The nominations for this year’s awards are now open and will continue until early October.

Media Access Australia sponsors the Online Captioning and Digital Innovation Award. This is awarded to an organisation which has taken the initiative to consistently provide captions on a website or mobile app, or which has used technology in an innovative way to enhance use or awareness of captions.

The annual Deafness Forum Captioning Awards will be held on 31 October in Sydney.

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