The finest press photographers for 2012 were unveiled as Nikon-Walkley Award finalists at the State Library of NSW.
The year’s biggest news events, the most interesting people and yet more compelling stories have been captured by finalists in the Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism.
From extraordinary Olympic action shots to evocative portrayals of war victims in Afghanistan, the Nikon-Walkley Award finalists demonstrate the world-class talent of Australian photojournalists.
THE PICTURES: Nikon-Walkley Finalists Gallery
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance federal secretary Chris Warren praised the quality of the entries to this year’s Nikon-Walkley Awards: “The photographic entries we received this year were of a remarkably high standard, capturing many of the biggest events, sporting spectacles and news stories of the year, but also the amazing people and places that readers would never have seen otherwise,” Mr Warren said.
Nikon-Walkley Award winners will be announced on November 30 at the Walkley Awards Presentation Gala Dinner at Parliament House in Canberra, broadcast from 9.30pm AEDT on SBS 1.
You can see all the finalist photos in stunning detail at the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, at the State Library of NSW until November 11, and at the Eleven40 Gallery in Melbourne until October 28. Visit our Photography Events page for all the details.
The Nikon-Walkley Prizes for Community/Regional Photography and Best Portrait were also announced last night.
Braden Fastier from The Manly Daily won the Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Photography Prize, while Jason Edwards from Leader Community Newspapers was highly commended.
"Displaying a consistently high standard across a number of photo platforms Braden Fastier’s ‘Pictures from The Manly Daily’ showcased his understanding of what light can do and his sensitivity to his subject matter. Great all-round coverage," the prize judges said.
Sam Ruttyn from The Sunday Telegraph won the Nikon-Walkley Best Portrait Prize for “Josh Carter”, a portrait of a young surgery patient.
"The strong emotive contrast between the horrifically invasive surgery and the intimate nature of the portrait shows Sam Ruttyn has earned the trust of his subject, allowing him to produce a winning photo," prize judges said.