Judges


Erik Jensen
Editor, The Saturday Paper

Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. He has worked as a writer and editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, where he won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the UNAA’s Media Peace Prize. His work has appeared in various publications, including The Monthly and New Statesman. Erik is also the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, which won the 2015 Nib Prize for Literature. His second book, On Kate Jennings, from the Black Inc. ‘Writers on Writers’ series, will be published in October 2017.

Suzanne Santos
Chief Customer Officer, Aesop

Suzanne Santos began her role at Aesop in 1987 and has been actively involved in critical aspects of the company’s development, in international as well as Australian markets. Suzanne travels the world as an ambassador for Aesop, overseeing its introduction into new markets, working with and tutoring representative agents in Aesop products and standards, and visiting stores to work with both clients and consultants.

Professor Marcia Langton AM

Professor Marcia Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer. Since 2000 she has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and in 2012 gave the Boyer lectures titled ‘The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom’.

David Marr

David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of Patrick White: a Life and The High Price of Heaven, and co-author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC-TV’s Media Watch. He is author of five Quarterly Essays, including profiles of Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and George Pell. He has written for The Saturday Paper and is a writer for Guardian Australia.

Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson is an award-winning writer who has travelled and published widely. Her books include Tracks, Travelling Light, Desert Places, the novel Ancestors, and as editor , The Picador Book of Journeys. She is the author of Quarterly Essay 24: No Fixed Address – Nomads and the Fate of the Planet; her essays have also appeared in Granta, The Bulletin, The Monthly, Griffith Review and several editions of The Best Australian Essays.