ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year Award

Nominations open on TBA and will close on TBA.  Nominate here during this period.

Nominees must be 35 years of age or less (as at 1 July 2020) and demonstrate:

  1. Your commitment to the cotton industry and how your personal and/or work-related achievements have made a positive contribution to the industry
  2. Articulate your vision for the future of the Australian cotton industry (in say, 5-10 years). Vision can encompass things both within, and outside, the industry.
  3. Describe your potential role in helping the industry to realise your vision. Please provide description, detail, and examples, so the selection panel can better understand you, and your role in the industry.

    All criteria will be given equal weighting. We recommend that you discuss your nomination with a past Award recipient for their insight into the nomination criteria. The awards team can put you in touch.

Entry Requirements

  • Completed Entry Form
  • Written entry addressing each award criteria and additional supporting information
  • At least one high quality digital image of nominee

All nominations are assessed based on the written information provided during step one by the judging panel.  The judging panel then meets to identify the three finalists during May.   Those nominees that do not make the Finalist list are contacted in May.

The 2020 judging panel:

  • Chair of the Young Achiever Panel – Aaron Kiely (Cotton Australia)
  • CRDC Representative – Ruth Redfern
  • 2018 Young Achiever of the Year – Murray Connor
  • Representative from ADAMA – Adam Phelan
  • Chris Lehmann Trust Representative – Steve Madden

The three finalists are then invited to participate in individual teleconference interviews with the judging panel, in April.  From this interview the judging panel makes a determination on the recipient which is then announced at the Awards Dinner. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified in April.

The three finalists are invited to attend the Cotton Awards Industry Dinner to be held at Griffith during the Cotton Collective on Wednesday 24th July, 2019.  They and their partner will be hosted by the sponsor of their category where the recipient will be announced. The recipient will be required  to  make a two minute acceptance speech.

What are the rewards?
Whilst recognition for your hard work is always the best reward, the Cotton Industry Awards also provide other benefits to recipients:

  • every recipient receives a trophy and goes onto the Industry Honour Role
  • each category recipient goes on to be on the judging panel for the next year
  • every finalist will receive two free tickets to attend the Awards Dinner hosted by the category sponsor
  • each category recipient will receive $2,000 cash to spend how they like

What do I do next?

  1. Ensure you are familiar with the criteria and the supporting materials you require to make a nomination.
  2. Speak to your nominee/s and enlist their help in developing the responses to the criteria and the supporting materials required.
  3. Collect at least one high quality digital photo of the nominee/s.
  4. Have all your nomination information ready and complete the on-line nomination form in one sitting (you cannot return to a partly completed nomination).
  5. Nominate here.


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