The Deafness Forum Captioning Awards 2014

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Monday, 3 November 2014 15:53pm

Another year of captioning achievements was celebrated at the Deafness Forum Captioning Awards, which were held at the Sheraton on the Park hotel in Sydney on Friday, 31 October.

Deafness Forum Captioning Awards 2014 winners on stage

Paralympic skier Michael Milton was the inspirational guest speaker at the event, which was attended by representatives from the television industry, caption providers, DVD distributors and community organisations.

The winners in each category were:

Entertainment, cinema and the arts

The Regent Ballarat for offering regular open-captioned movie sessions (about 4 sessions a week with a mix of session times and movies).

Special mention to The Wiggles for captioning all elements of their DVDs since 2001.

Online captioning and digital innovation

The eWorks video player, an open source video player which can be used on any website and supports captions and audio description.

Special mention to Yahoo7 for being the first commercial catch-up TV service to offer captions.

Organisational commitment

The Nine Network for moving to a news captioning model where the captions are pre-prepared as far as possible, and also for introducing caption quality audits and publishing the results.

Special mention to SBS for captioning all of the FIFA World Cup.

The Roma Wood OAM Award

Kate Kennedy from Parents of Deaf Children for her long-term advocacy of captioning for children.

Captions for kids

The Victorian Deaf Education Institute for its well-funded and supported captioning program.

Special mention to Shenton College in Perth for having all classroom and teacher training material captioned.

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