After receiving a record number of nominations throughout June, the MNN editorial team faced the difficult task of combing through the submissions to finalise a shortlist of nominees.
What has resulted is 21 finalists across four categories: Deal and/or Merger of the Year, Explorer of the Year, CEO of the Year and New and/or Emerging Leader of the Year.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate. Nominations came in from all over the world from mining companies, suppliers, analysts, corporate advisors, bankers, investors and the judging panel.
The nominees for the fifth annual MNN Awards are:
Explorer of the Year
Chalice Mining for the Julimar PGE-nickel-copper discovery in WA
Aurelia Metals for the Federation polymetallic discovery in NSW
De Grey Mining for the Hemi gold discovery in WA
Greatland Gold/Newcrest Mining for the Havieron gold-copper discovery in WA
Jindalee Resources for the McDermitt lithium discovery in the US
Rio Tinto for the Winu copper discovery in WA
Sovereign Metals for the Kansiya rutile discovery in Malawi
Deal and/or Merger of the Year
Firefinch's acquisition of the Morila gold mine in Mali
IGO's joint venture with Tianqi Lithium and the sale of the Tropicana gold mine
The merger of Northern Star Resources and Saracen Mineral Holdings
Alkane Resources' spin-out of Australian Strategic Materials
CEO of the Year
Ken Brinsden of Pilbara Minerals
Peter Bradford of IGO
Chris Ellison of Mineral Resources
Andre Labuschagne of Aeris Resources
Morgan Hart of Emerald Resources
Amanda Lacaze of Lynas Rare Earths
New and/or Emerging Leader of the Year
Simon Lawson of Firefly Resources
Andrew Paterson of Great Boulder Resources
Dr Stephen Grocott of Queensland Pacific Metals
Tim Mason of Eagle Mountain Mining
Congratulations to all of our nominees.
This year's nominees come from a diverse range of commodities and include previous winners - De Grey was our 2020 Explorer of the Year while Amanda Lacaze was our 2018 CEO of the Year.
It is the second consecutive nominations for De Grey, Chalice, Newcrest/Greatland, Northern Star and Peter Bradford.
Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting why each of our nominees was chosen.
That will allow the judging panel, comprising MNN's editorial team and a series of industry leaders, to vote on winners.
Winners will be announced by the end of this month.