Star Prize Winner for Print

Alexander Kohl of Austria Wins International Writing Prize for Ash Tree Article

WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands (July 11, 2018)—Alexander Kohl of Austria’s Internationaler Holzmarkt won the 2018 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize for Print for “Die Rettung der Weltenesche” (“Rescuing the World Ash Tree”). Kohl was honored at IFAJ’s World Congress in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on July 11.

“Kohl’s story stood out among a field of outstanding articles from around the world,” said Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary-general. “It is a pleasure to celebrate excellent journalism, recognize the hard work behind such a well-researched and beautifully written story, and share it with our members as part of our professional development program. Work like Alexander Kohl’s is a guide and inspiration.”

Judges called Kohl’s story “elegant, creative and highly engaging writing.” One judge wrote, “the introduction gripped me and made me want to read on,” and added that “pictures are painted by the words.” The contest was judged by James Campbell, long-time editor of Irish Farmers Journal in Northern Ireland; freelance journalist and author Liz Harfull of Australia; and Friday Phiri of Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

Thomas Hubert of Irish Farmers Journal was named runner-up in the Star Prize for Print competition for “Exposed: Revenue’s Kerry.”

The articles by Kohl and Hubert are posted online at The IFAJ Star Prize award program is sponsored by John Deere and Rabobank.

Stefan Nimmervoll, from the Austrian Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators, receives the Star Prize for Print on behalf of winner Alexander Kohl. Presenting the award are (l. to r.) Owen Roberts, IFAJ President, and Cor Kramer from John Deere.