Terms & Conditions


  • Entries Open : Saturday July 1, 2017
  • Entries close:  Midnight Thursday August 31, 2017

All entries must have been published, broadcast or televised in Australia in the 12 months from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. Eligibility for the Walkley Awards is based on independent acts of journalism, free from any commercial or corporate interests.

All entrants must certify that their entry, apart from normal subeditorial/production treatment, is their original work and that they have adhered to the MEAA Code of Ethics in the work preparation, undertake to continue to abide by the Code of Ethics and have complied with all copyright requirements.

All entrants must be

  • Australian citizens working for international news outlets whose work is available to an Australian audience or journalists residing in Australia working for an Australian media outlet on a work visa, Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Entry is open to Australian journalists who have self-published, including blogs and social media.
  • Self-published entrants should provide relevant URL links and where possible, verification of the work’s authenticity. If the entrant is verifying their own work they must make this clear in their supporting statement.
  • All entries must declare any legal complaints, defamation actions, contempt of court actions, suppression orders, challenges to the accuracy, corrections or claims of plagiarism, relevant to the work at the time of entry.
  • To facilitate easy access for judging, entrants should place URLs outside any pay wall. If that proves infeasible, the entry should provide a username and password for judges, plainly indicated in the supporting statement or upload PDF copies of their work.
  • Entrants must declare if the creation of the work involved payment for information or an interview.
  • Entrants are allowed to submit the same entry into any two categories either as an individual, as a group or team entry. Entrants must complete a new and separate submission for each award category.
  • Each entrant may enter only once in each category. The exception is with joint or team entries.  In this instance you may submit up to two entries per category.  That is: one single entry and one joint or team entry, or two joint or team entries.
  • Joint or group entries may include up to three names, with one person nominated as the primary contact.
  • Team entries may include any number of people with the name of the team clearly stated. One person will be the primary contact for this entry, but all names, positions and membership details should be submitted on a separate piece of paper attached to the numbered entry form when submitted with the entry. The exception is for entries to the “coverage of a news event or issue” category where entries can be made by a news organisation.
  • The winner in each category, except recipients of the ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism’ award, will be a contender for the Gold Walkley.
  • Journalists entering more than one category must complete a separate entry form for each category.

The cost of entering the awards, including GST, is $295 per entry. Through its support of the Walkley Awards, MEAA covers the entry costs for its financial members as a benefit of membership. Financial members are not required to pay the entry fee except where a non-member is part of a group entry, in which case the normal entry fee ($295 only) is required. 

*      To qualify for the Walkley Entry fee waiver, MEAA members must retain financial MEAA membership for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of joining/reinstating.

  • The cost of entering the Walkley Documentary Award or Walkley Book Award is $260 per entry for non MEAA members.
  • Judges have the right to reject an entry which in their opinion does not comply with the requirements of the competition. The judges’ decision will be final. The Walkley Advisory Board reserves the right to withdraw a Walkley Award if it later finds the entrant did not comply with the entry conditions.
  • Only journalists employed by community and regional media, or in regional bureaus of organisations, are eligible to enter the ‘Coverage of community/regional affairs’ category. Regional media shall be taken to include outside of Australian capital cities and the ACT, but does include Darwin.
  • The entrant acknowledges that the Walkley Foundation may reproduce, broadcast and communicate materials submitted for the purpose of promoting the Awards, conducting the presentation ceremony and making the finalist and winners entries available to the public and agrees and warrants that the Foundation may use the material for these purposes.
  • Please keep copies of all material submitted. Entries will not be returned.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Journalism: Each year, the Trustees recognise the achievements of a person or group that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the highest standards of journalism – truth, rigour, integrity, fairness – over a lifetime. Nominations can be made through the online entry form. 

Conditions of entry for photographers

The Nikon-Walkley photographic awards recognise visual journalists producing still photography for any platform. Criteria include storytelling, courage, public impact, creativity, innovative use of technology, technical ability and resourcefulness and can include soundslides and photofilm. Photographers should reference the category descriptions for each category when preparing their entry.

Photographers are also invited to enter their work in relevant All Media categories in the Walkley Awards. Photographers are eligible to enter photographic work in All Media categories such as Camerawork as an individual entrant or as part of a group or team entry.

A photographer may only enter once in each photography category.

Each entry must contain at least one picture that has been published in the 12 months from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

The cost of entering the Nikon-Walkley photographic categories, including GST, is $295. For photographers only one fee is payable, regardless of the number of categories entered. Through its support of the Walkley Awards, MEAA covers the entry cost for its financial members as a benefit of membership. Entry to Walkley All Media categories will require an entry fee per category for non-members of $295.

Please see category descriptions for further information. Below are the number of images you can submit per category:

  • News Photography up to 5 related images
  • Sport photography up to 5 images. These do not need to be related and can represent a body of work.
  • Feature/Photographic Essay can comprise 5 to 12 images in a series with at least one published image.
  • Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer may enter 6 – 10 images representing a body of work with at least one published image.

Nikon-Walkley Prizes

  • Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year is a single image only. This is not an entered category but is chosen from all work entered by photographers in the Nikon-Walkley photographic categories.
  • Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize is a single image only.
  • Nikon-Walkley Contemporary Australian Daily Life can comprise up to 5 images.
  • Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize can comprise up to 5 images.

Entry process and requirements for photographers:

  • Photographers entering the Nikon-Walkley photographic awards must go to www.walkleys.com and click on the separate ‘photography entry’ button. Upload your images and give a brief description of each photo, publication and dates as well as an overall supporting statement. There is no longer a need for you to send in a separate disc or entry statement.
  • Only photographers working in community or regional media are eligible to enter the ‘Community and Regional Photography’ category.
  • Photographers must submit entry statement (of up to 400 words) with each category entered

Material specifications for photographers

  • Images must meet the following specifications:
        Images must be uploaded in .jpg/.jpeg format
         •      Images should be at least 3,000 pixels in length.
         •     Each image should be saved in the .jpg/.jpeg format with a medium to high quality.
         •     An embedded ICC profile is required. Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for colour images, Gamma 2.2 for black and white. No CMYK.
  • All required image information, such as the creation date, place and country as well as the caption/description, must be provided. It can be included in the metadata of the image files or entered on the entry website after uploading the images.
  • The content of an image MUST NOT be altered. Only retouching that conforms to currently accepted standards in the industry is allowed. No cloning, montaging or digital manipulation other than cropping, ‘digital spotting’, burning and dodging is permitted. The jury is the ultimate arbiter of these standards
  • Entrants must not intentionally contribute to, or alter, the scene they picture by re-enacting or staging events.
  • Entrants must ensure captions are accurate and provide a supporting statement that is open and transparent about the entire process through which their pictures were taken and published.
  • Participants who are longlisted by the first round judges may be contacted and required to provide file/s as recorded by the camera for all images in order to proceed to the final stages of the contest. These file/s will be requested and examined confidentially during the judging period. A failure to provide these files if requested will lead to the elimination of the entry that will not proceed into the final rounds and will not become eligible for a Nikon-Walkley Award.

Entrants may not enter the same photograph in more than one photographic category except:

  • Portrait, Daily Life or Community/Regional categories, which are Nikon-Walkley Prizes. Entrants in both these categories are eligible to submit these entries again in another appropriate Nikon-Walkley Award category.
  • In the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year Award where the body of the year’s work may include shots included in other entries.

Presentation of the awards

In 2017, the 62nd Walkley Award presentation and dinner will be held on Wednesday November 29, 2017.

National finalists in most categories will be announced on Thursday October 19. Photographic finalists will be announced on Thursday October 12. This includes the winners of the ‘Community and Regional Photography,’ ‘Contemporary Australian Daily Life’, ‘Portrait Photography’ and ‘Photo of the Year’.

Documentary Award finalists will also be announced on Thursday October 12. Business finalists will be announced on Tuesday October 17. The Walkley Book Award shortlist will be announced on Thursday November 9.

Judging criteria

The purpose of the Walkley Awards is to recognise creative and courageous acts of journalism that seek out the truth and give new insight to an issue.

  • How the story was initiated and followed (with particular credit given for instigating or finding a story)
  • Newsworthiness, including exclusivity
  • Consideration of the resources available
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Research and investigation
  • Balance, accuracy and ethics
  • Consideration of production pressures or deadlines and time constraints
  • Demonstration of best use of the format/s in which the work was published or broadcast, including clever choices in storytelling through multimedia
  • Excellence in written or verbal communication and/or technical and production skill
  • Public impact or benefit, including audience engagement and serving specific communities

The awards seek to recognise excellence, independence, innovation and originality in storytelling and distinctive reporting. This can be through research and investigations, well-crafted and innovative presentations, news breaking single stories or engaging, entertaining and/or informative reporting.

Award winners will be chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence. This will vary according to individual categories but, in general, criteria will include: storytelling ability; originality; public benefit and audience engagement; accuracy and ethics; impact; writing and creative flair; courage and innovation.

Judges consider the resources and time available in creating the work, the pressure and demand of reporting deadlines, and the location of the journalist, taking into consideration potential isolation or exposure to outside forces, danger or pressure in presenting a story. For categories explained CLICK HERE.


All entries are initially judged by a three-person jury, except in the case of the photographic awards, which will have a five-person jury. The jury will recommend the best three entrants to the Walkley Advisory Board. The Board will then select the winner in each category including the winner of the ‘Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Contribution to Journalism’, ‘Leadership’ and the ‘Gold Walkley’.

Click here for more information on the Walkley judging process


The Walkley Awards recognise that journalism today draws on a broad range of interactive tools and multi-media platforms, including social media, data journalism, podcasting, blogging and video journalism.

Complete the entry form registration online, print a pdf version of your confirmation email and send it in with the following material. Failure to supply the following may result in disqualification of the entry:


Entry pdf

Text/Print entries

1 x copy of your entire entry saved to USB or disc and a copy of you signed entry form ( there is a button to download a PDF version of your entry t on the right hand side under “My Entries”).

For work published digitally please insert the link to your entry when prompted. The link must be working and unaltered for judging from August to December. We still require a copy of your work saved on USB.

Remember all entrants should also provide electronic versions of material on usb in PDF and/or Word format.

Audio/Radio entries

1 x copy on USB or CD of the work entered and one copy of the transcript. Each entry must all include an entry form ( there is a button to download a PDF version of your entry t on the right hand side under “My Entries”).

For work available on sound cloud/online, please insert the link to your entry when prompted. The link must be working and unaltered for judging from August to December.

Audio-visual/Television entries

1 x copy on USB or DVD of the work entered and one copy of the transcript. Each entry must all include an entry form ( there is a button to download a PDF version of your entry t on the right hand side under “My Entries”).

For work available online/YouTube etc, please insert the link to your entry when prompted. The link must be working and unaltered for judging from August to December

Photography entries

There is a separate online entry form for photographic entries. Please click on the “Enter the Nikon-Walkley Awards” button and follow the online prompts to upload your images and give a brief description of the images, publication and dates.

When uploading photos please label them YOUR NAME_CATEGORY_ PHOTO NAME

Cartoon/Artwork entries

Cartoonists and artists must upload their work (up to three to represent a body of work), electronically. During the online entry process, you will be prompted to upload your work as a PDF or JPEG. 

Documentary entries

Eligibility: Any non-fiction film made for cinema, broadcast or web release with a running time of at least 40 minutes and a maximum time of three hours, not including entirely or scripted or improvised fictionalisations of actual events. If the documentary is part of a series that exceeds the three-hour limit entrants must choose the three hours of content they wish to be judged on i.e the first three episodes.

Entries that have appeared within regularly scheduled television current affairs programs must be documentary in nature and execution.

Number of entrants: The named entrant(s) should be the individual(s) most involved in the key journalistic and creative aspects of the filmmaking process. A maximum of three persons may be designated as entrants, at least one of whom must be the credited director who exercised directorial control.

You must submit six DVD copies of the work entered.

Book entries

The Walkley Book Award specifically recognises journalism in book form, and is open to all examples of journalistic non-fiction works. Please forward six full versions of the published work, complete with 200-word synopsis and 200-word entry statement (six copies each). Titles can be an edited collection of up to five people, can be on Australian or international subject matter, and can be historical in context. Entries may be a joint collaboration. All titles must be submitted by the writer and authorised by the publisher. Authors must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Books will not be eligible if a significant portion has been previously published in book form. 

If you have any questions or need help please contact either Lauren Dixon lauren.dixon@walkleys.com / (02) 9333 0913 or Barbara Blackman barbara.blackman@walkleys.com / (02) 9333 0921