Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year | Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year
Oculi & TIME LightBox
Working independently in Australia and abroad, Andrew Quilty gives us a body of work that represents some of the year’s biggest social, environmental and news stories, as well as a picture of how the modern freelance photojournalist
is working. His skilled sharing on social media and well-stamped passport are contemporary phenomena, but Quilty’s eye for condensing a story into a still frame has the timeless flair of the classic documentary photographers. Quilty’s images take us from Bondi Beach to the bed of the Katherine River, and to Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are faces rent with anguish, hunger, frustration, terror, exhilaration – the human link to issues that can often seem distant and impenetrable. Quilty masterfully wields light, colour and composition to draw us into other worlds. A shot of horsemen battling for a headless goat – a game of Buzkashi in Afghanistan’s fabled Panjshir Valley – could be an oil painting, or a vision from another century. An image of a tiny girl lying wrapped in foil blankets to treat her burns in an Afghani hospital is a jarringly beautiful composition that begs a second look, and another, and another. Named the Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year, it is part of a portfolio of incredible depth by a photographer who it seems has a brilliant career ahead of him.
Judges Comments: “Led by our 2014 Photo of the Year, Andrew Quilty’s portfolio is a strong body of work. Quilty has a sensitive eye that allows him to capture lovely photos. He displays consistent skill in challenging environments.”
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