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May 26, 2011
Photographer wins Sport Media Austria's top award

Markus Oberländer's winning entry in the Sports Media Austria Sports Journalist Prize 2011. Photo GEPA-pictures
by Roslyn Morris, AIPS Secretary General
INNSBRUCK, May 26, 2011 - A spectacular action photograph taken from behind the goal during an ice hockey match has won GEPA-pictures photographer Markus Oberländer Austria's number one sports journalism honour for 2011.

Oberländer's photograph, taken at a game between Graz and Capitals, was one of a record 196 entries in this year's awards sponsored by Coca Cola.

Coca Cola, currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, presented Euro 1,000 cheques to the winners of each category.

Prizes were awarded in the following categories.

TV/Radio - 16 entries

Hero´s Journey - A report by Christoph Vieth from Red Bull Media about Base Jumping with Cedric Dumont

Print - 21 entries

Luxury trip with the drug cartels in Mexico - Felix Lil, winner of last year's main award.

Internet - 7 entries
- represented by Philip Bauer

Photo 1 - 152 entries

Christof Birbaumer for a photo of a Hans Grugger's ski race crash which appeared in the Kronen Zeiting

Photo 2 -
114 entries
Markus Oberländer, GEPA-pictures

Best New Talent

Marlies Czerny for her series "Conversations at the top"

The jury included Michael Kuhn SMA President and long-term Kurier boss; former ORF TV-Sportdepartment chief and SMA Vice-president Roland Knoeppel; Karin Klein, "bwin" internet expert and member of the SMA executive; Professor Kristian Bissuti, Head of Photography Kurier and SMA EC member; photographer Herbert Graf, formerly of VOTAVA Agency; Josef Huber "Austrian sports journalism doyen" and Susanne Lontzen representing Coa Cola.

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