15/03/2019 - 14:08

Relive the 40under40 gala awards

15/03/2019 - 14:08


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More than 750 guests attended the 2019 Business News 40under40 Awards held this week at Optus Stadium’s Riverview Room.

Relive the 40under40 gala awards
The 40 winners celebrating on stage at the end of the night. Photos: Gabriel Oliveira.

More than 750 guests attended the 2019 Business News 40under40 Awards held this week at Optus Stadium’s Riverview Room.

GALA: The 750 guests enjoyed a gala evening at Optus Stadium


The awards recognised Western Australia’s top young business talent, from fields as diverse as acting and philanthropy to finance and urban planning.

TOP FIELD: Pre-dinner drinks were held inside the stadium

After pre-dinner drinks overlooking the stadium from the Bankwest Club, guests were welcomed by a message from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who wished the nominees luck for the night.

Business News chief executive Mark Pownall added his voice to the welcome before Channel 9 journalist Tracy Vo and Business News editor and 40under40 chief judge Mark Beyer took over proceedings.

WELCOME: Business News CEO Mark Pownall spoke at the start of proceedings.

The 2018 First Amongst Equals, Raleigh Finlayson, also addressed the crowd on his experiences and achievements during the past year.

Other previous First Amongst Equals Jahna Cedar, Bill Beament, Michelle Ammerer and Manny Papadoulis also attended the gala event, as did Business News executive chairman Elton Swarts.

PLAYERS: Commonwealth Bank's Gary McGrath (left) with Treasurer Ben Wyatt and BusinessNews editor Mark Beyer

Guests were entertained by puppetry and stilt performers Silent Partners, experienced musician James Wilson, high-impact visual stage show the Atomic Glow Show, and versatile classical group Aquila Classical String Quartet.

BRIGHT: The entertainers included glow show

A new addition to proceedings this year was the Woodside STEM Excellence Awards, reflecting the quality and capability of WA’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals, particularly their focus on the community and its future.

Business News photographer Gabriel Oliveira took hundreds of photos through the night, some of which are showcased through this article.

VICTORY: First Amongst Equals winner Hannah Mann thanked her staff


Words by: Delia Price

All photos are available for sale at 40under40.com.au/Media-Centre 


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