Together with major sponsor Nikon, The Walkley Foundation celebrates the best in press photography each year.
Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year
Barat Ali Batoor, “The First Day at Sea”, The Global Mail
Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year
Brian Cassey, The Weekend Australian, The Global Mail, The Courier-Mail and AAP. A moving portrait of a grown-up victim of child abuse anchors Cassey’s collection of freelance assignments for a range of media outlets. Politics, news, features and action are all captured with style, from Indigenous stockmen to a total eclipse.
Kate Geraghty, Fairfax Media. From world-exclusive images of Bali bomber Idris and Hamas leader Khalid Mishal, to Indigenous wrestlers and debutantes, Geraghty brings integrity, empathy and gravity to every story. She is a consummate visual
Quinn Rooney, Getty Images. It takes a deep understanding of a sport to anticipate and capture those split-second peak moments – a punch landing, a motorbike crashing, a Socceroo celebrating or a synchronised swimmer tossed in the air. Rooney nails the emotion and energy of sport with technical skill and creativity.
Kate Geraghty, Fairfax Media, “Asylum”. Simply by holding up their identification cards, a group of asylum seekers from Iran were no longer nameless and faceless. Geraghty captured that moment through the Manus Island airport’s security fence to
illustrate the debate about the PNG solution.
Chris McGrath, Getty Images, “King Norodom Sihanouk”. The death of the Cambodian king sent the country into three months of mourning and people gathered in their thousands at the royal palace to pay tribute. McGrath documented the quiet beauty of the scenes.
Colin Murty, News Corp Australia, “Final journey”. The image of a tiny coffin being loaded onto a plane on Christmas Island gave a gut-wrenching human touchpoint to the asylum seeker debate. It took research and skill for Murty to capture the drowned 10-week-old baby’s final journey.
Barat Ali Batoor, The Global Mail, “Hazara exodus”. In a courageous photo essay, Batoor documents the journey – his own journey – of displaced Hazara people from Afghanistan and Pakistan as they seek asylum in Australia. Batoor’s camera was ruined when the boat ran aground, but his incredible images survived.
Ed Giles, Getty Images, “The overthrow of Egypt’s President Morsi”. There were photographers from all over the world documenting the protests and violence on Egypt’s streets, but Giles delivers a uniquely intimate version of the deadly events from within the crowd.
Steve Tickner, The Irrawaddy News Group, “KIA under siege by the Burmese Army”. Tickner put his life on the line to photograph incredible images of person-to-person warfare in a remote and barely reported conflict.
Wolter Peeters, Fairfax Media, “2013 Sydney International Rowing Regatta”. Making the most of an almost mystical pre-dawn glow, Peeters captures the focus and dedication of rowers preparing for a day of competition. The composition distils a moment of serenity from a frantic time of day.
Quinn Rooney, Getty Images, “Australian Swimming Championships”. Shooting in black and white, Rooney brings a fresh perspective to one of our most-loved sports. The overhead angle and play of light warps surfacing swimmers into abstract works of art.
Cameron Spencer, Getty Images, “The World Athletics Championships”. The cream of track and field athletes gathered in Moscow for the 14th World Athletic Championships. Spencer’s series sings with their energy and emotion, from pole vaulters to sprinters.
Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize
Winner – Brendan Esposito, Fairfax Media, “Dini Coral”. Witchcraft and sorcery have long been practised in Papua New Guinea, but many now oppose the old traditions. Women accused of being witches are the target of brutal attacks. There have been cases of murder, torture, and rape. Some victims have even been burned alive. In Esposito’s image, Dini Coral, from Kundiawa in Simbu province, stands with her husband. Accused of being a “sanguma” or witch, she shows her scars from a brutal attack.
Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize
Winner – Marc McCormack, The Cairns Post, “Pictures from The Cairns Post”. Marc McCormack showed creativity in covering the range of stories regional photographers are faced with every day. From illustrating a heat wave with an acrobatic dog, to sporting action at a rodeo and coaxing a tiny newborn turtle from his shell, McCormack brings the stories of his Cairns community to life.
Winners of remaining categories will be announced at the 58th annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism in Brisbane on November 28.
The 2013 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition will be projected onto the walls of the AMP building at Circular Quay, corner of Young Street and Alfred Street from 8.00pm to 11.00pm over the weekend of October 18 to 20 as part of City of Sydney Art & About.
Finalists’ work will also be toured around the nation in a series of free exhibitions open to the public:
• Sydney: October 14, 2013 – December 15, 2013 at The State Library Of NSW
• Melbourne: October 14, 2013 – November 9, 2013 at Eleven40 Studio Gallery
• Adelaide: December 21, 2013 – February 16, 2014 at Adelaide Festival Hall
• Brisbane: January 14, 2014 – February 10, 2014 at The Brisbane Powerhouse
• Perth: February 18, 2014 – March 15, 2014 at the Epson Gallery
• Newcastle: May 2014 at Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library