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Applications for the 2024 Award are open to individuals who are residents of New Zealand or Australia, are 21 - 35 years of age (as at 31 August 2023) and who are living and working in the agribusiness sector in either Australia or NZ. 


Applications are open for the month of August. You can apply for the 2024 Award any time between Monday 1 August to Wednesday 31 August 2023 (close 5pm New Zealand time, no exceptions). If you're interested in applying for the 2024 Award, register your interest here and we'll be in touch in early July 2023 to tell you how and when to apply.


From Monday 1 August 2023, all applicants will be required to complete an online application form available through this website.


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 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 New Zealand and three will be from Australia.  All finalists will be required to attend an interview in person in their respective countries.


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.

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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