French-Australian Excellence Awards 2023

For the third year, Le Courrier Australien is organising a readers’ prize to reward French and Australians in Australia who have distinguished themselves in a particular field.

The original aim of the award was to honour French citizens who have recently arrived in Australia, or who have been living here for a long time, and whose commitment and talents contribute to the influence of France throughout Australia.

Today, following the success of previous editions, we are also opening up the competition to Australians (francophones and francophiles) who excel in their field and/or make an exemplary contribution to the friendly relationship between France and Australia.

The Director of LCANews , Francois Vantomme, did not hide his satisfaction with the progress and the enthusiasm generated by the first and second edition and is very enthusiastic about launching this third edition.

“We are also very impressed with the response from readers to this competition with over 15 000 votes/edition. This is an incredible number and confirms that our readers in Australia and France wanted this competition. The nominees, from every state in the country, all had brilliant and remarkable profiles.

This 2023 edition is shaping up to be a great one with the support of precious partners who share our values. We are also very pleased to confirm a “gala evening” in Sydney at the end of November for the presentation of the Awards to the various winners.”

This Year, the “French-Australian Excellence Awards” offers 6 different categories*:

– “Solidarity – Volunteerism”, sponsored by Le Courrier Australien Friends, aims to reward French people who have distinguished themselves in helping others.

– “Entrepreneurship”, sponsored by Bilateral Solutions, to honour promising artisans, creators or business leaders.

– “Research and Innovation”, sponsored by Akuo Energy Pacific, aims to introduce the public to French researchers working in Australia as well as to entrepreneurs who have developed innovative solutions in their field.

– “Sustainable Development”, sponsored by Ponant, to recognise an individual or company’s ongoing commitment and outstanding contribution to sustainable development.

– “Sport, Art and Culture”, sponsored by Yves Hernot, Knight Order of Merit, DSAP, Laureate of the Paris Academy of Fine Arts, former tennis player. Yves Hernot will distinguish sportsmen, artists or creators for their excellence, devotion and vocation in the field of Sport, Art and Culture.

– The “Special Award of the Woman of the year in Australia” * sponsored by Champagne Tsarine, rewards people who have distinguished themselves in Australia in terms of their entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, determination or commitment (social, sporting, personal, professional).

“Business: High Impact” rewards companies with a big impact on the French-Australian economic developments .

The competition is organised under the patronage of the French Consulate General in Sydney.

LCANews and the organising committee wanted the readers to be fully involved in the selection process. They are the ones who nominate the candidates in the categories and who vote during the selection phases.

Three candidates will be shortlisted in each category, two by the jury and the third will be the person topping the public vote in his or her category (from 27 October to 12 November). The three candidates in each category will then be put to a new public vote (from 15 to 26 November). The candidate with the most votes in each category will be named the winner of the associated prize.

The jury will be made up of French and Australians, representatives and experts in several fields, who will contribute their knowledge for the pre-selection, but it is the readers who will have the final say. See the full rules below.

An official awards ceremony for the winners will take place at the end of November in the presence of numerous personalities from the Franco-Australian community.

**The Organising Committee reserves the right to confirm or remove a category depending on the number of nominations received.

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