Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year


The New York Times and Oculi

Matthew Abbott


Matthew Abbott said: “The last year has been a career highlight for me as a photojournalist. I feel honoured that I was able to work on one of the biggest international stories ever to come to Australia – the summer of bushfires – and that I was able to contribute to such an important news story driven by images. Having the work seen and shared by so many people gave me faith in how important what we do as photojournalists is.” 

Read our interview with Matthew Abbott here.

Matthew Abbott is a Sydney-based documentary photographer, who is widely recognised for documenting social, cultural and environmental stories in contemporary suburban and regional Australia. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and other international media. His work has been recognised through a number of prestigious awards, including the 2020 Deadline Club Award for Spot News, second place in the Spot News category of the 2020 World Press Photo Contest and third place in the Daily Life category at the US-based Pictures of the Year (POY) awards. In 2019, he won the inaugural 2019 Rust Belt Biennale and in 2018 and 2019 he won the Nikon-Walkley Journalism Prize for Australian Daily Life. Abbott is a member of the Oculi collective, Australia’s leading co-operative of visual storytellers. 

Judges’ comments

“With a body of work that highlights his light-footed approach to photography, Matthew Abbott’s portfolio is breathtaking. A remarkable selection of shots that tell a compelling story.”

Matthew Abbott

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