While the name Bambi may conjure up images of a cute baby deer, in Germany it is also the name of the country’s most famous media awards. The fact that they take their name from a character created by Felix Salten, who was born in Hungary, spent most of his life in Austria and his final years in Switzerland arguably sets the tone for the international flavour of the awards. As the name suggests, the awards are in the shape of a fawn and are given to people who have inspired the German public in some way.
The first Bambis were awarded in 1948 and holders have included such international luminaries as Sophia Loren, Michael Jackson, Shakira and Kate Winslet. This year’s award winners included such diverse figures as Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham and Bill and Melinda Gates. Given Australia’s rise to prominence in the world of media, in all forms, it seems only a matter of time before they join the celebrated holders. Those interested in visiting Australia, whether to take in a tour of the country’s TV and film locations or just to enjoy its many other attractions, would do well to employ the services of a German NAATI translator. They can’t guarantee you an award but they can ensure that your documentation is processed efficiently.