Our Award Programs

The annual Walkley Awards are the pinnacle of achievement for any Australian journalist. The Walkleys were started by Ampol Petroleum founder Sir William Gaston Walkley in 1956 with just five categories recognising excellence in print journalism. Today there are 30 categories across all platforms, judged with a two-tier process. No matter their era, Walkley Award-winning stories have always chronicled Australia’s history, people and events.

Entries for the 2018 Walkley Awards have now closed.

Finalists were announced on October 18 for the 2018 Walkley Awards. Read all the details here.

Finalists were announced on October 11 for the 2018 Walkley Documentary Award and the Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism. Read all the details here.

Our core awards, the Walkleys

Mid-Year Award programs

In recent years, we have expanded our awards program to also recognise outstanding young talent, freelance journalists, women in the media, those covering industrial relations and arts journalism or criticism.







Awards we administer

We administer the Our Watch Awards, for exceptional reporting on violence against women, in collaboration with Our Watch. The Walkley Foundation also administers the annual State Media Awards across Australia on behalf of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.