Lukas Coch

“Linda Burney Airborne”

Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year (2018)

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Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Award Winners

The Walkley Awards are the highest honour in Australian journalism, celebrating excellence across all media. Since 1956, when the first Walkleys were bestowed in five categories, the awards have grown to 30 categories, including documentary film and non-fiction books.

The Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism recognise the work of photographers across a range of genres, from news and sport to portraiture and photographic essays. This exhibition lets us reflect on the year in news, through the individual worldviews and skilled lenses of Australia’s best photographers.

Some of these images are the work of a split second. Others took months of research and trust-building. Photographers interact with their subjects with perhaps more intimacy than storytellers in any other medium; they can move you with a single frame.

In selecting three finalists in each category, from more than 2000 images entered this year, the Nikon-Walkley judges looked for newsworthiness, impact, creativity and technical skill. This exhibition, showcasing the 2018 finalists, encompasses a range of subjects: From politicians to everyday folk, from our backyards to the furthest corners of the globe. Such is the power of photojournalism – in a still moment, the smallest story can be as compelling as the largest.

Viewers are advised that this exhibition contains graphic imagery that may be confronting.

These images may not always be easy to look at, but we believe it’s important for the world to see, as of course do Australia’s talented photojournalists.

Viewer discretion is advised.

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Lukas Coch

“Linda Burney Airborne”

Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year (2018)

Sylvia Liber

“Desire for Change”

Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize (2018)

Sylvia Liber

“Sea of Emotions”

Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize (2018)

Matthew Abbott

“Not a farmer's wife”

Nikon-Walkley Contemporary Australian Daily Life (2018)

Scott Barbour

“Sport 2017—2018”

Sport Photography (2018)

Brett Costello

“No Limits”

Sport Photography (2018)

Craig Golding

“Body of Work”

Sport Photography (2018)

Lukas Coch

“Linda Burney Airborne”

News Photography (2018)

Jenny Evans

“Life Saver”

News Photography (2018)

Andrew Quilty

“‘It’s a Massacre’: Blast in Kabul Deepens Toll of a Long War”

News Photography (2018)

Jenny Evans

“Louth Races”

Feature/Photographic Essay (2018)

David Gray

“Drought From Above”

Feature/Photographic Essay (2018)

Chris Hopkins

“My Name is Yunus”

Feature/Photographic Essay (2018)

Matthew Abbott

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year (2018)

Dean Lewins

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year (2018)

Andrew Quilty

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year (2018)

Sam Ruttyn

“Lion Heart Leo”

Photographic Essay Walkley Winner

Justin Brierty

“Don't Shoot”

News Photographer Winner

Kate Geraghty

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year

Alex Coppel

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year

Cameron Spencer

“The Defining Moment”

Sport Photography Award

David Maurice Smith

“Refugee Crisis in the Balkans”

Feature/Photographic Essay

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Gary Ramage

“Ice Nation”

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year

Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year