Young achievers pave the way for mining public relations

A select group of young, South Australian filmmakers have reaped the rewards of their budding PR skills, which were recognised last night at the Dirt TV awards.

The competition awards ceremony, organised by the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME), saw the entry Dig a little Deeper by Leghton Elliot from St John’s Grammar School take home the BHP Best Overall Video Award as well as the Santos Best Director Award.

SACOME chief executive Jason Kuchel said the top-placing video presented a simple, clear message which was well executed and judged to be a stand-out entry.

“Leighton and his team rightly took away $6,000 for their efforts, plus another $500 for their school, St John’s Grammar School,” Kuchel said.

Other awards presented included the SACOME Best Music Award to Life with Mining, led by Cassandra Netz, Concordia College; the Iron Road People’s Choice Award to More than numbers on a screen by Emily Keough, St Peter’s Girls School; and the OZ Minerals Best Writing Award to How Mining contributes in our daily lives by Emilia Blagojevic, St Joseph’s Memorial School.

“I congratulate all the students who entered for creating compelling video clips that reflect what the mining and oil and gas industries mean to them” Kuchel said.

“It was obvious that all productions involved a lot of hard work and students did a great job of highlighting the resources sector, its benefits and the use of its products in everyday life.

“A key aim of Dirt TV is to promote understanding of the resources sector in South Australia and the career opportunities available.

“We hope over time this will help maximise the opportunities to South Australians and grow the State’s capabilities to support the sustainable growth of our minerals and energy industries.”

View the winning videos at the Dirt TV website here.

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