Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:59:14): I salute the professionalism and talent of Australian Community Media photographer Marina Neil, whose pictures often grace the pages of The Maitland Mercury newspaper and website and also The Newcastle Herald.

Marina recently took out the sports photography community section of the 2019 News Media Awards for her image, Black and Green in Flight. This image features two players from opposing rugby teams mid-tackle.

This truly impressive action shot was taken during a Maitland Blacks and Merewether Carlton game at Marcellin Park in July last year. I am delighted to add that the Mighty Blacks took down the Greens in that encounter.

Marina's success in the 2019 News Media Awards adds to her trove of silverware, which includes a coveted Walkley award.

Well done to Marina for this well-deserved award. Long may she take photos and record the history of everyone in Maitland.

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