Saturday, 31 October 2020 Sydney

Awards highlight positive role models::

The 2013 Positive Body Image Awards are now open for organisations and individuals who are positive role models for young Australians.

Minister for Youth Peter Garrett said members of the fashion, media and entertainment industry as well as health and wellbeing organisations, are encouraged to enter the awards.

“These awards are about recognising people and organisations that work towards helping young people be confident and successful,” Mr Garrett said.

“Body image pressures come from all areas of society and can affect a young person’s health and wellbeing, so encouraging companies to be part of the solution is important. We all want young people to feel valued and reach their full potential.

“Our media, advertising and entertainment industries play a big part in sending messages to our young people and we want to make sure they are recognised for outstanding work.

“I am pleased the awards have now been extended to include the health and wellbeing industry. Fitness clubs and sporting organisations play a massive role in helping young people be the best version of themselves."

The awards will recognise initiatives focused on young people aged 12–25 and will include two main categories:

• Recognition of organisations demonstrating a real and ongoing commitment to body image friendly practices within their business.

• Recognition of specific body image friendly initiatives or products. This could include a campaign to increase young people’s awareness about digital retouching of images, a magazine edition or special body image event.

Young people will also be invited to share their thoughts on organisations they believe are doing great work promoting positive body image messages, through Facebook (Be Body Positive), Twitter (Body Image AU) and the Australian Youth Forum website.

“These awards recognise best practice in line with the Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct on Body Image, which encourages fashion, media and advertising industries, and our wider society, to show leadership and bring about long-term cultural change,” Mr Garrett said.

The recently established 2013 Positive Body Image Awards Advisory and Assessment Panel, chaired by Australian Women’s Weekly Editor in Chief Helen McCabe, will assess the nominations and recommend finalists and award recipients, with winners announced in August.

Nominations are open until June 21 and more information on the awards, including eligibility and assessment criteria, are available at

28 May 2013