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The Award welcomes applications from individuals aged between 21 and 35 years (as of 31 August 2024), who are residents of either New Zealand or Australia, and actively engaged in the agriculture sector within either country. Applications are open for the month of October.


From the applications, the Zanda McDonald Award judges will create a shortlist from each country, the shortlist will be invited to attend an interview in early December. From the interviews, finalists will be selected in each country, and finalists are invited to attend the Impact Summit the following year where the winner will be announced at the celebration dinner. Click here to see key dates for award announcements.


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.

For any questions about registering, applications, or the award process, please contact

For a full list of terms and conditions please click here

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