Frequently Asked Questions

When do entries close?

Entries close at midnight on Thursday (aka Friday morning), Aug. 31, 2017.

Who is eligible to enter the Walkley Awards?

All entrants must certify that their entry, apart from normal subeditorial/production treatment, is their original work and that they have adhered to the MEAA Code of Ethics in the work preparation, undertake to continue to abide by the Code of Ethics and have complied with all copyright requirements. All entrants must be either Australian citizens working for international news outlets whose work is available to an Australian audience or journalists residing in Australia working for an Australian media outlet on a work visa, Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Entry is also now open to Australian journalists who have self-published, including blogs. Eligibility for the Walkley Awards is based on “independent acts of journalism”, free from any commercial or corporate interests.

What do the Walkley Awards recognise?

The purpose of the Walkley Awards is to recognise creative and courageous acts of journalism that seek out the truth and give new insight to an issue. See categories explained for full criteria for individual awards.

Entry fees

How much does it cost to enter the Awards?
Entering the Walkley Awards is free for financial members of MEAA, and $295 (for each entry) for non-members. Please have your membership number handy before you start an online entry. If you are unsure what your number is, click here (members@meaa.org) to send a request. Please note you will only receive a reply to your request within office hours: 9am-5pm (EST), Monday to Friday.

I am a photographer entering the Nikon-Walkley Awards, how much is the entry fee?

For Non MEAA Members the entry fee is $295 (inc GST). For photographers only one fee is payable, regardless of the number of categories entered. Once you have paid for your first entry please use the code PHOTOPAID  at the checkout to enter the other cateogires free of charge. This will be checked after entries closed and people will be invoiced if an inital payment has not been paid.

My news organisation/employer wants to be invoiced for my entry, how can they do that?

If your employer would like to be invoiced for your entry or is paying for multiple entries from your organisation you will need the checkout code previously arranged between them and the Walkley Foundation. Please ask them to contact Lauren Dixon on lauren.dixon@walkleys.com or 02 9333 0913.

The entry system and what I need to prepare

How should I prepare before making an online entry?
We recommend having as much information available before you commence your entry registration to avoid encountering a system time-out if a page is left open for long periods. It is recommended that you write the supporting statement about your entry before you start the online entry process. Where uploads are required, have your work ready to upload and make sure it is saved in the correct format.

What do I need to submit my work for a Walkley Award?
You’ll need information such as your contact details and the details of your entry – the category you are entering, the title of the piece, the program, digital platform or publication it appeared in, the date of broadcast/publication, and the piece’s duration. Because you can submit up to three pieces (in most categories) as part of an entry, you may need to list up to three different titles, dates and durations. There will be space for this.

Can I submit my work online, or do I need to send hard copies via postal mail?
Although you can upload links to the online entry form we still require a copy of your entry if possible on USB or disc.  This is to ensure we have back up copy if judges can not access your work online or if our files are too large to upload. 

Do I have to send in hard copies of photographs entered to the Nikon-Walkley Photographic Awards?
Nikon-Walkley Photographic Award entries are only required to be submitted online. However, photographs entered in ALL MEDIA award categories do require hard copies to be submitted for judging. See separate FAQs for photographers.

What is the supporting statement?
A body of text up to 400 words in length, the ‘supporting statement’ is an opportunity to let the judges know any context or further developments that make your entry worthy of a Walkley Award. It is recommended that this statement be written before commencing the online entry process. It cannot be changed once the entry is submitted and is compulsory with each entry

How long does the online entry process take?
You should allow approximately 20-30 minutes to complete the entry form online, please ensure you allow enough time to complete your submission.  Do not leave it to the last day to make your entry, as high demand on the website can lead to the process taking much longer.

File uploads

Can i upload video or audio files? Depending on the size of your files it might be better to supply a link to where judges can view/listen to your work online such as you tube or sound cloud.

I have multiple PDF pages that i want to upload, how do i do this?

The entry system will only allow you to upload a single pdf file per story. If you work runs over more than one page (which most do) you can merge your files into a single file at ww.pdfmerge.com

My PDF file is too large to upload, is there a way to make it smaller?

You can compress your pdf files size for free at https://smallpdf.com/compress-pdf

Im a photographer, what size images should i upload?

Warren Macris from High Res Digital ( who prints our photo exhibition) has asked for the following guidelines to be followed when uploading photos…

“As some of the winning images are printed at around 100cm it is essential that your high res versions are supplied at their full native resolution (if the image is cropped it will obviously effect the final size but that is unavoidable). There is no need to enlarge them, we will do that if required, but please do not supply them smaller than what your camera shoots!  The high res versions should be saved at the highest quality JPG setting that keeps the saved file under 5MB. Please make sure that the working colour space is embedded when saving.”

How do I submit social media content or updates as part of a Walkley entry?
Please note: if you are including segments/sections of Twitter or other social media with an entry, please take a screen shot and save the relevant pages in PDF format to be included with your postal entry. A link to an entire Twitter feed or other social media content will not be accepted nor considered in the judging process.

Category questions

How many categories can i enter the same story into?

You can enter the same story into two categories. 

Can I enter into a category more than once?
Each entrant may enter only once in each category. The exception is with joint or team entries.  In this instance you may submit up to two entries per category.  That is: one single entry and one joint or team entry, or two joint or team entries with different teams. Entrants must complete a new and separate submission for each award category.

The difference between a group or team

What’s the difference between ‘group’ and ‘team’ entries?
A group entry is permitted to include up to three people’s names as entrants, while a team entry is a group of four or more people under a team name.

What are the rules for group and team entries?
If you are entering for a team or group there are special guidelines you can read here. But essentially, groups (up to 3 people) will complete one registration with full details for each group member. Be aware that the order of the names as given in the group entry process is the order used on all publicity and trophies. You cannot change this order after an entry is submitted, so please consult with all members before entering.

What else should I keep in mind about group and team entries?
Before making a group or team entry, make sure that you have full contact details available for all contributors involved in the submission. Entry is free for MEAA members, but non-members to the awards will be charged a $295 entry fee. Should a team comprise a mix of MEAA members and non-members a single entry fee of $295 will apply. Have your payment details ready during the online submission process or call 1300 65 65 13 to discuss membership options.

Entry verification

How do I verify my entry?
During the online submission process, you will be asked to provide contact details for your editor, producer or equivalent manager who will receive an email requesting verification of the work and related details. This person must verify the entry via the email they receive before it can be considered by the judges. After the online submission process, you will receive a confirmation email, which you must print (one entry only per copy) and then include that print copy of the confirmation email along with the hard copies you are required to send in via postal mail.

I’m self-published, what do to verify the work?

Self-published entrants should provide relevant URL links and where possible, verification of the work’s authenticity. If you are verifying your own work you must make this clear to the judges in your supporting statement.

What do I need to do if my work has been challenged?

All entries must declare any legal complaints, defamation actions, contempt of court actions, suppression orders, challenges to the accuracy, corrections or claims of plagiarism, relevant to the work at the time of entry. This does not disqualify the entry but is important for the judging process that this is declared.

What if there was payment made to obtain part of the work?

Entrants must declare if the creation of the work involved payment for information or an interview.

I would like to read the code of ethics before i make my deceleration, where can i find them?

All entrants must declare that they have adhered to the MEAA Code of Ethics

Do you have any more advice?
It is recommended that entrants carefully read the Walkley Awards Terms & Conditions and Categories Explained documents before starting their submission.

If you have further questions or need help with your entry place contact either: