Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism


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Andrew Quilty, TIME LightBox, “Baby Burn Victim in Boost Hospital”

Andrew Quilty’s striking “Baby Burn Victim in Boost Hospital” has been named the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year. The image shot by Quilty in an observation room in the emergency ward at Boost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, was the clear stand-out for the judges.

The judges felt Quilty captured a striking and powerfully emotive image that allows the viewer to gauge instantly the full magnitude of the little girl’s injuries. “That her burns are the result of a domestic accident and not military conflict increases the surreal impact – almost that of a fine art picture.”

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The winners of the Nikon-Walkley Awards will be announced on December 4 at the 59th Annual Walkley Awards gala dinner.

Access the full gallery of finalists’ work here

Winners  of the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism, all proudly supported by Nikon, are:


WINNER: Andrew Quilty, Oculi


From the Katherine River bed in the Northern Territory; to an apocalyptic beachscape at Bondi; to Afghanistan, capturing NATO’s war on terror; and to Iraq, where civilian minorities flee the most extreme of the world’s Islamist threats –Quilty’s portfolio demonstrates a sensitive eye and consistent craft.

 Finalist: Steve Pennells, Seven West Media


As the first photographer to gain access to the military-controlled no man’s land along Jordan’s dangerous eastern border with Syria, Pennells set out to draw attention to one of the biggest humanitarian crises since World War II.

Finalist: Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images

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Williams’ portfolio highlights key moments from her year covering Australian stories, some of public prominence and others of a more intimate nature; from the official visit of Prince William and Catherine and the devastating bushfires that engulfed the Blue Mountains region through to the beauty of runway fashion and the Walker family on Rio Station.


WINNER:  Brendan Beirne, News Corp Australia, “Bondi Biffo”

James Packer and David Gyngell brawl outside James House in Bondi.

Beirne’s photos of the infamous brawl between James Packer and David Gyngell on the streets of Bondi caused a global media sensation. A terrific get.

Finalist: Craig Greenhill, The Daily Telegraph, “Roger Rogerson”

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Shooting through the window slots OF the paddy wagon, Greenhill got this powerful image of disgraced former NSW Detective Sergeant Roger Rogerson arriving at Bankstown Court after being charged with the murder of Jamie Goa earlier that day.

Finalist: Peter Wallis, The Courier-Mail, “Gerard Baden-Clay”


In possibly the biggest criminal trial in Queensland history, Gerard Baden-Clay was found guilty of murdering his wife. Shooting from a chasing car, zooming in on the security screen in the front cab of the police van, Wallis had less than 10 seconds to take the shot, securing the only image of Baden-Clay on the day he was found guilty of murder.


WINNER: Eddie Jim, The Age, “Hayden”


Jim was sent on assignment to photograph Hayden McLean, 35, who is severely autistic, mildly intellectually disabled, and highly sensitive to noise and unkindness in his natural environment. Winning Hayden’s trust and acceptance, Jim produced a striking and beautiful photo essay.

Finalist: Brendan Esposito, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Tacloban”


In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated large swathes of Southeast Asia, causing more than 6,300 fatalities in the Philippines alone. Under very difficult conditions, Esposito powerfully captured the challenges facing survivors and the absolute devastation of the city of Tacloban.

Finalist: Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images, “Rio Station”

Lisa Maree Drought Assignment QLD

In an essay that transports the viewer straight to regional Queensland, Williams provides a glimpse of the daily life of the Walker family, one of many families feeling the effects of one the worst droughts on record. Despite these hard times, Williams was able to capture moments of both tranquil beauty and playful joy.


WINNER:  Cameron Spencer, Getty Images, “H20 Action”


A selection of highly aesthetic sports photographs linked by the theme of water. From freestyle aerial skiing at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to the New Zealand All Blacks performing the Haka in the rain after winning the Hong Kong Sevens, Spencer’s portfolio is a beautiful set of sports photos.

Finalist: Brett Costello, The Daily Telegraph, “The drama of sport”


From artfully lit shots like his image of Jesse Sanders slam-dunking over Sydney, to split-second captures like Michael Carberry’s bat breaking during the 2014 Ashes, Costello’s portfolio shows the sport photographer at the height of his skill.

Finalist: Phil Hillyard, The Daily Telegraph, “Tim Cahill, Midnight Celebration, Afternoon Footy, Long Legs, Dodgers Down Under”


Shooting sport images is as much about emotion as technical skill. A seasoned professional, Hillyard created a portfolio that highlights his ability to capture unique sporting moments.


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Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury, “Little Princess”

Sylvia Liber captured an intimate moment between Imogen Stone, who has Batten disease, and her older sister Nataya. The girls were dressed like little princesses for a brush with royalty, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, better known as Wills and Princess Kate, visited Bear Cottage children’s hospice on Good Friday, 2014.



 Adam Hourigan, The Daily Examiner, “Images from The Daily Examiner

Adam Hourigan shows strong skills and creativity in a body of work that is both emotive and well-executed. From horse racing at the Clarence River Jockey Club to a lucky escape on the Pacific Highway and a 60th wedding anniversary snuggle in the cinema, Adam’s portfolio shows his commitment to providing a small regional newspaper with exceptional imagery.

Judges for the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism were: Stuart Hannagan, Jon Reid, Renee Nowytarger, David Dare Parker and Jack Picone.

Finalists’ work will be toured around the nation in a series of free public exhibitions.

  •  Sydney: October 16, 2014 – December 14, 2014 at The State Library Of NSW
  • Melbourne: October 18, 2014 – February 8, 2015 at The State Library of Victoria
  • Adelaide: December 10 2014 – February 3, 2015 at Adelaide Festival Hall
  • Newcastle: February 10, 2015 – March 10, 2015 at Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library
  • Brisbane: March 14, 2015 – April 27, 2015 at The Brisbane Powerhouse

For media enquiries, including requests for finalists’ photos, contact Walkley Foundation awards manager Lauren Dixon on (02) 9333 0913 or

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  • Entries open:  July 1
  • Entries close:  August 31, 2015 at 5.00pm
  • Finalists announced and Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition opens: Thursday October 15
  • Winner announced at the 60thth annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism: November 2015

Finalists are announced in October each year at special photography events in Melbourne and Sydney and the winners of each category are named at the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner.

In addition to the Nikon-Walkley Awards, photographic prizes for portrait photography and community/regional photography are also awarded each year. These prizes are awarded before the Walkley Awards Dinner. Winners receive a prize from Nikon and their work is showcased in the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Finalists exhibition alongside the award categories.

“For me, preparing to enter the Walkleys is a way of looking back at your work over the past year. Once you’ve entered a few times, It also gives you a chance to see how your work is changing or progressing over the years. I would always encourage photographers to enter.” Phil Hillyard, Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year 2011