Applications for the 2023 Award are open to individuals who are residents of New Zealand or Australia, are 21 - 35 years of age (as at 31 August 2022) and who are living and working in the agribusiness sector in either Australia or NZ. 


Applications are open for the month of August 2022. You can apply for the 2023 Award any time between Monday 01 August to Wednesday 31 August 2022 (close 5pm NZ time, no exceptions). 


From Monday 01 August 2022, all applicants will be required to complete an online application form available through this website - simply click on the Apply for the 2023 Award at the top of the page.


As part of your submission you'll need to provide:-

1. A short written bio (approx 80 words), including

  • Your name, your job/role, where you live and work

  • A brief explanation of what you do

  • Your proudest achievement

  • Hobbies or interest(s).

2. A short video clip. The clip must be no more than 1 minute long.  No additional marks will be given for editing or graphics. You        can take the clip on a mobile device, iPad or similar (maximum 1 minute). The clip must include:

  • Your name and job/role  

  • A brief explanation of what you do

  • A statement about where your passion for your industry lies, and how you’re making your mark - or how you see yourself making your mark.

You will need to load your video to Dropbox, Google Drive or similar, then paste the link into the designated field in the online application form.  If you have any issues or are unable to load your video, email info@zandamcdonaldaward.com and we'll be in touch to help.

3. A 250 word submission.  You are required to explain how you would benefit from a tailored mentoring package, where you would like to be in your career in five years, and how you would be a fitting ambassador for this award.

4. You may upload up to 3 supporting documents. It is strongly recommended that one of these is your CV/Resume. Each document must be no more than 10MB max.

The prize package involves a tailored mentoring trip, which will require time away from work.  If appropriate, you will need to seek consent from your employer before applying. 



Six finalists will be selected by Zanda McDonald Award judges of which three will be from NZ and three will be from Australia.  All finalists will be notified on Wednesday 21 September 2022 and required to attend an interview in person in their respective countries on Thursday 20 October 2022. Please make sure you are available for this date.


Your application will be judged on the following criteria:

1.    Thorough completion of the application

2.    Details on what your current role means to you and how you see yourself contributing to the future of your industry

3.    Ability to explain why you deserve to win this award.

Please note that you will not be judged on the quality of your video clip, only the content. No additional marks will be given for editing or graphics.  You can take the clip on a mobile device, iPad or similar.


•    Applications are open and are online from 1 August  until 31 August each year (close at 5pm NZ time, no late entries)

•    Finalists will be announced Wednesday, 21st of September 2022

•    Finalists interviews to be held Thursday, 20th October

•    Award winners will be announced at the Innovation Summit, 14-16 March 2023 in Brisbane


For any questions about registering, applications or the Award process, please contact info@zandamcdonaldaward.com

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