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.

July 27, 2016: Winners announced for Walkley Young Journalist of the Year, Freelancer of the Year and Women’s Leadership in Media Awards: read about it and find links to winner profiles here.

Our core awards, the Walkleys

Entries for the 2016 awards are now open, closing Aug. 31.


Mid-Year Awards

In recent years, we have expanded our awards program to also recognise outstanding young talent through the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards – and more recently, to recognise the best of our growing Australian pool of freelance journalists. Winners announced!.

Entries closed April 26, 2016; finalists will be announced July 27.


Awards we administer

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