Call for Entries: Les Murray Award

Call for Entries: Les Murray Award

Nominations are now open for the third Les Murray Award for Refugee Recognition.

The award is named in honour of the beloved SBS sports broadcaster Les Murray AM, who hosted The World Game and was himself a young refugee from Hungary in 1956.

Managing Director of SBS, James Taylor said, “We’re delighted to once again open nominations to recognize the outstanding achievements of former refugees who have been quietly making positive contributions in their communities through arts, sports or media, through this special award dedicated to Les Murray’s memory.

“We invite nominations for this award from authors, artists, actors, community leaders, sports people, film makers and journalists who have resettled in Australia as refugees, a homage to Les’s own story as a refugee from Hungary who became an iconic Australian and had an impact on so many through his love of football, advocacy and passion for uniting communities.”

“This award celebrates people from refugee backgrounds who are promoting positive awareness of refugees through their work in the community, including in the arts, sport, and as community leaders,” said Australia for UNHCR’s CEO Trudi Mitchell.

“Every year, the judges have the challenging task of choosing from a list of outstanding candidates from across Australia; people who in many instances have endured great hardship and are now contributing to their communities in remarkable ways,” she said.

The winner receives $10,000, donated by SBS, to encourage positive awareness for refugees.

The closing date is 29 February 2024.