Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year prize unveiled; finalists announced for 2017 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism and Walkley Documentary Award

Grant Trouville’s “50 Years of Tears” has been named the winner of the 2017 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year Prize. On the victors’ stage after the 2016 NRL grand final, Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen told fans “turn your porch lights off, because we are coming home with the trophy”. He was referencing legendary league coach Jack Gibson’s immortal gag, that “waiting for Cronulla to win a premiership is like leaving the porch lamp on for Harold Holt.”

Photographer Grant Trouville says: “This image shows the outpouring of emotion from the last 50 years for the Cronulla Sharks. The two greatest ever players to put on the Sharks jersey coming together. A thank you from the former captain and club legend to the current captain. The trophy cabinet will never be empty again.”

All finalists detailed below were announced tonight at the State Library of New South Wales. The finalists’ photos are currently on display at the State Library of NSW and will be on display from Saturday at the ABC in Brisbane

You can view the finalists’ photographs here

Winners receive $3,000 worth of Nikon Equipment and will be announced November 29 at the 62nd Annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The awards will be broadcast live on the Sky News Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC (channel 648), from 8pm AEDT and live-streamed on walkleys.com and a-pac.tv.

NIKON-WALKLEY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

  • Alex Ellinghausen, Fairfax Media
  • Kate Geraghty, Fairfax Media
  • Andrew Quilty, The New York Times and The Washington Post

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Justin Brierty, The Cairns Post,“Don’t Shoot”
  • Kate Geraghty, The Sydney Morning Herald,“Philippine Drug Wars”
  • ​James Wiltshire, The Border Mail and The Age, “Face of Evil”

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Scott Barbour, Getty Images,“Split Second”
  • Ryan Pierse, Getty Images, El Pais Magazine, Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald, “Sport portfolio”
  • Grant Trouville, Premiers: 2016 Sharks Photo Album, nrl.com and sharks.com.au,“50 Years of Tears”

FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY

  • Kate Geraghty, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Liberation of Mosul”
  • Jake Nowakowski, Herald Sun, “Rise of the Right”
  • ​Sam Ruttyn, The Sunday Telegraph, “Lion Heart Leo”

Winners are also announced for three photography prizes.

NIKON-WALKLEY PORTRAIT PRIZE

Winner: Alex Ellinghausen, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Manus Torture”

NIKON-WALKLEY COMMUNITY/REGIONAL PRIZE

Winner: Marina Neil, Maitland Mercury, Newcastle Herald and Port Stephens Examiner, “Portfolio of work”

NIKON-WALKLEY CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN DAILY LIFE PRIZE

Winner: Alex Ellinghausen, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Breastfeeding in the Senate”

The finalists’ photographs will be toured around the nation in a series of free public exhibitions and is currently on display at the State Library of NSW and opening the ABC in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Walkleys thanks Nikon for its support of the photography awards and prizes.

DOCUMENTARY AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

Three outstanding documentaries have been shortlisted for the Walkley Documentary Award.

They are:

  • A Sense of Self, Martin Butler, Liz Jackson, Bentley Dean and Tania Nehme, ABC TV
  • Deep Water: The Real Story, Amanda Blue, Darren Dale and  Jacob Hickey, Blackfella Films Team, SBS TV
  • Glenn Murcutt–Spirit of Place, Catherine Hunter, Bruce Inglis and Julia Overton, Artsville, ABC TV

All three films will be screened free for the public at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday October 18. RSVPs are essential.

For media enquiries, including requests to reprint finalists’ photos online or in print, Helen Sullivan, communications manager, Walkley Foundation, helen.sullivan@walkleys.com or +61 431 233 864