Winner: Andrew Quilty, The Intercept, The Monthly and Afghanistan After America, Podcast, “The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads” “The Worst Form of Defence” and “Afghanistan After America: A Podcast”.
“In a strong field of excellent entries, Andrew Quilty’s work was a stand-out,” the judges said. “A War on Civilians in Afghanistan combines fine on-the-ground reporting, compelling photography, and podcasting to capture the experiences of civilians in the conflict zone. Quilty displayed considerable tenacity and talent to tell these important stories.”
Andrew Quilty has been based in Kabul, Afghanistan, since 2013, working first as a photojournalist and more recently as a writer. He has won six Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley in 2016, as well as the George Polk Award, World Press Photo Awards and, most recently, an Overseas Press Club of America award.
The June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year recognises the unique contribution that freelance journalists make across all media platforms to the future of the industry. The award is an initiative of the Walkley Foundation in partnership with Media Super and MEAA.