Sat August 11, 2012 2:01am
FAIRFAX journalists swept the major honours at last night's inaugural Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW Journalism, including journalist of the year.
Fairfax journalists won 12 of the 30 categories awarded at the Four Seasons last night.
Ten of those winners were from The Sydney Morning Herald.
The awards were held to mark the first anniversary of the death of the veteran crime reporter Les Kennedy, who died from cancer at 53 after a long career at News Limited and the Herald and Sun-Herald .
The Herald investigative reporter Kate McClymont won three awards including the night's highest accolade, NSW Journalist of the Year. She also won scoop of the year and most outstanding investigative reporting.
Judges praised her ''tireless'' work uncovering the alleged abuse of credit cards by senior members of the Health Services Union, including the former general secretary, Michael Williamson, and the MP Craig Thomson.
Herald photographers took home three awards.
Jacky Ghossein won the award for best news photo of the year. Ghossein's photographic coverage of famine in the Horn of Africa was described as ''world class''.
Tamara Dean's winning entry for outstanding portrait was commended as ''perfectly arranged and masterfully lit''.
Alex Ellinghausen, a Herald photographer, won the award for best online video.
Paul Bibby won the award for outstanding online news breaking for his coverage of the acquittal of Jeffrey Gilham, who was previously convicted of murdering his parents. Bibby was also named outstanding court reporter.
The Herald's John Shakespeare won the award for ''Most Outstanding Illustration''.