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 34 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.

Mid-Year Awards

Entries for the 2017 Mid-Year Award programs are now open!

In recent years, we have expanded our awards program to also recognise outstanding young talent, freelance journalists, women in the media and — new in 2017 — those covering industrial relations issues. See the 2016 winners announcement.

Our core awards, the Walkleys



Awards we administer

We administer the Our Watch Awards, for exceptional reporting on violence against women, in collaboration with Our Watch.