Finalists announced for Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism and Walkley Documentary Award 2015

Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year 2015 unveiled

"Ice Nation," Gary Ramage.

“Ice Nation,” Gary Ramage.

Gary Ramage’s “Ice Nation” has been named the 2015 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year. The image shot by Ramage in Perth, was the clear stand-out for the judges.

Ramage travelled around Australia investigating the impact of ice. His photo captures “Bill,” a young man in the throes of an ice-induced medical emergency. It took nine hospital staff, including full-time security personnel, to restrain the man before he could be treated by a medical crew.

View finalist photos online

A showcase of the best Australian photos taken in 2015.

Photo exhibitions

Each year after the Walkley Awards, the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition hits the road for a year to show a wide audience the outstanding moments in sport, daily life and news reportage.

The judges said “Gary’s work has great social impact.” They praised his dedication to telling the story “without stigmatising the victim, and with empathy for everyone in the room.”

All finalists detailed below were announced tonight at the State Library of New South Wales.

Winners will be announced Dec. 3 at the 60th Annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Finalists in the 2015 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism, are:

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year

  • Andrew Quilty, Oculi
  • Gary Ramage, News Corp Australia

News Photography

  • Rob Griffith, The Associated Press, “Sydney Lindt Cafe Siege”
  • Gordon McComiskie, The Daily Telegraph, “Did I just kill my brother?”
  • Toby Zerna, The Daily Telegraph, “Sydney’s Heart”

Feature/Photographic Essay

  • Gary Ramage, News Corp Australia, “Ice Nation”
  • Ingetje Tadros, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Kennedy Hill”
  • Nic Walker, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Rite of Passage”

Sport Photography

  • Brett Costello, The Daily Telegraph, “Sporting Frontiers”
  • Phil Hillyard, The Daily Telegraph, “One Moment in Time”
  • Adam Taylor, The Daily Telegraph, “Melbourne Cup of the Outback”

Winners are also announced for two photography prizes. The winners receive a Nikon D750 DSLR and an AF-S 58mm f/1.4 lens, setups valued at more than $5,000 each.

Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize

Nic Walker, Good Weekend, Fairfax Media, “Adam Houda ‘See you in Court’ ”

Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize

Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury, “Broken Dreams”

Finalists’ work will be toured around the nation in a series of free public exhibitions and are currently on display at the State Library of NSW and the State Library of Queensland.

The Walkleys thank 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. These films capture diverse moments in contemporary life and examine the Rudd/Gillard leadership years, the lives of prison inmates and the rise of Islamic State. They are:

    • Only The Dead, Michael Ware, Justine A. Rosenthal, Patrick McDonald, Bill Guttentag, Jane Moran and Michael Yezerski, Penance Films and Wolfhound Pictures
    • Prison Songs, Harry Bardwell, Kelrick Martin, Ron Saunders, Shellie Morris and John Godfrey and Brian Hill, Beyond West and Spear Point Productions and SBS TV
    • The Killing Season, Sarah Ferguson, Deborah Masters, Justin Stevens and Patricia Drum, ABC TV

The Walkley Documentary Award is sponsored by Linc Energy.

All three films will be screened free for the public at the State Library of NSW on Friday October 16 and Saturday October 17. Each screening is free, but an RSVP is essential.

For media enquiries, including requests to reprint finalists’ photos online or in print, contact Lauren Dixon at or 02 9333 0913.

Amendment to the 2015 Nikon-Walkley Photojournalism Awards

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