Pacific podcast series recognised with 2022 Lowy Institute Media Award

The Lowy Institute is delighted to announce the winner of the 2022 Lowy Institute Media Award: the podcast series “An Impossible Choice”, produced for Guardian Australia's Pacific Project by Kate Lyons, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Jessica Bineth, Laura Brierley Newton and Jon Tjhia.

The Award was announced at an event at the Lowy Institute in Sydney tonight hosted by Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove.

“2022 has been a remarkable year in international affairs,” Dr Fullilove said. “This brilliant podcast takes us to the frontline of the world's climate challenge. It demands that we engage with our neighbours in the Pacific Islands region, who are already dealing with the reality of climate change.”

Dr Fullilove congratulated the other finalists who were shortlisted for this year's award: Kate Geraghty and Anthony Galloway from The Sydney Morning Herald for their on-the-ground coverage of the Ukraine war; Kirsty Needham from Reuters for her news-breaking coverage of security issues in the Pacific; Yalda Hakim, Gus Palmer, Matthew Carney and Deborah Richards for the ABC Foreign Correspondent/BBC Our World co-production “Return of the Taliban”; and Hans van Leeuwen from the Australian Financial Review for his coverage and analysis of the Ukraine war.

The Lowy Institute Media Award has been presented each year since 2013 to recognise Australian journalists and media outlets that have enhanced Australians knowledge of and understanding of international affairs. The judges for this year‘s Award were senior journalist and author Pamela Williams, broadcaster and journalist Eleanor Hall, Lowy Institute Board member Mark Ryan, and Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove. The 2022 Award recognises coverage in the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

This year's winners receive a distinctive trophy from Dinosaur Designs, and share a cash prize of $20,000.

For more information about the Award, and previous winners and finalists, visit the Lowy Institute website


Shane McLeod
Director, Media and Communications