“Parkour in Motion; Mahon Pool; Warehouse – Illegal Party Scene”






Young Journalist of the Year Awards

James Brickwood (@JamesBrickwood) specialises in the study of Australian underground and youth subcultures, from the social implications of designer drugs and alcohol on graduating high school students to the the physical artform of Parkour – a discipline originating in France that focuses on the fluidity of human movement within an urban environment. In 2005, his coverage of the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka was showcased at Reportage, a leading festival of photojournalism.

In 2008 his series on schoolies week was exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography. He was a nominee for Young Australian Journalist of the Year in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 his work documenting parkour was shown at Reportage. Brickwood was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2009 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. He was a finalist for the Centre for Contemporary Photography – Documentary Photography Award in 2007 and 2009. Brickwood has worked for Fairfax Media since 2003 and has been a staff photographer with The Sydney Morning Herald since 2007.

He lives in Sydney and joined Oculi in 2006.

Judges’ comments:

“James’ ‘Parkour’ image has the wow factor and he tells a story with ‘Warehouse’. This image is unobtrusive but powerful. James also demonstrates he can shoot a technically difficult and interesting image with ‘Mahon Pool’. Incidentally, he’s covered the three major disciplines of a photojournalists’ life – news, feature and sport. It’s a well-rounded portfolio with images representing diversity of subject matter and sound technical competence.”