Photojournalists: Why we need them

Photographic departments around the world are feeling the squeeze as news organisations cut costs and jobs.

In an era of Twitpix and stock-image slideshows, professional photographers face competition from every smartphone and constant challenges to their copyright. But there’s no substitute for a professional photographer’s skill, timing and composition – and a still photograph can capture stories and intimacy beyond any other medium.

There are still opportunities for photojournalists, and new models for supporting their work – and certainly no shortage of stories and moments to be captured around the world.

The Walkley Foundation staged this discussion on May 29 as part of the Head On Festival, supported by Nikon. Click below to watch – thanks to The Sydney Morning Herald investigative reporter Anne Davies for moderating and UTS Journalism third-year student Jack Fisher (@oyajichoiwaru) for filming!

Meet the panellists

Nick Moir (@nampix) has been a staff photographer covering daily news at The Sydney Morning Herald since 1993. He specialises in bushfires, severe weather and other natural disasters, and has covered events such as the Thredbo landslide, the 2001 Black Christmas bushfires, 2002-03 Sydney and Canberra fires, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, US tornado seasons from 2006 to 2010, and the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. In 2000, he co-founded Oculi photographic collective. Nick has won two Nikon Walkley Awards, and is currently a member of the Walkley Advisory Board.

David Dare Parker (@ddpphoto) is a freelance photographer. A Walkley Award-winning photojournalist, David has photographed for many national and international magazines throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australasia. Publications include Le Monde, Stern,L’Express, Focus, Australian Geographic, The Bulletin, The New York Times and TIME Magazine. David is one of the co-founders and directors of Reportage Festival, a former Walkley Advisory Board Member and is currently Ambassador for Nikon Australia.

Craig Greenhill (@SALTWATERIMAGES) is an Australian photojournalist and multimedia specialist with 18 years professional experience, and has been employed with News Limited since 2000. Craig has numerous professional awards including the Walkley Award for his coverage of the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008. In 2006 Craig received the Walkley Award for News photograph with his dramatic images of the violence on a suburban train during the 2005 Cronulla Riots.

Andrew Quilty (@andrewquilty)’s career began in 2001 when he set-off on Highway 1 around Australia after his uncle gave him a Nikon F3. His first big editorial break came when his photos of The Cronulla Riots in December 2005 were published in TIME Magazine. Andrew received the Inaugural Walkley Young Australian Photojournalist of The Year Award. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The Times, Le Monde, G), The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The AFR Magazine, The Sydney Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald , The Age and more.