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Dean Lewins’ portfolio features a selection of images from the year’s major sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games, the FIFA World Cup, the Australian Open tennis tournament, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the Ashes. He covers news as well, including the poignant moment at the funeral of AC/DC founder Malcolm Young when his brother and co-founder Angus Young steps to the back of the hearse carrying Malcolm’s prized Gretsch guitar, looking almost lost and very alone among hundreds of mourners from the music industry.

Dean Lewins has been a photojournalist for 30 years. He completed his cadetship with The Gold Coast Bulletin and began working for Australian Associated Press in 1999. At AAP, Lewins has covered six Olympic Games, four Commonwealth Games, the Ashes, the Football World Cup and the Rugby World Cup. This is his first Walkley Award.

Judges’ comments

A portfolio strong on sport, where Dean Lewins has captured some impressive moments, but with some quintessential Australian news images as well. There’s an interesting contrast between the aerial shots of drought and the graphic, bird’s-eye view of the Sydney to Hobart. And there’s so much emotion and history in the picture of Angus Young at his brother’s funeral.



A dead sheep lies on a dry and dusty field near Parkes in August 2018. New South Wales has been 100% drought-declared.

Beads of sweat fly off Spain’s Rafael Nadal as he serves to Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in round four of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Aussie Genevieve Lacaze (centre) during the women’s 3000m Steeplechase final on day seven of competition in the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Grenada’s Lindon Victor prepares to throw a shot put during the Men’s Decathlon on day five of the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Some of the more than 45,000 sheep being sold at the Central West Livestock Exchange sale yards in Forbes in August 2018. Amid the drought, farmers are offloading stock in record numbers.

Supermaxi Black Jack, surrounded by spectator craft, leads the fleet down the coast in the 2017 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Australia’s Josh Hazlewood catches England’s Alastair Cook for 14, caught and bowled, on day four of the Third Test at the WACA in Perth, December 2017.

Angus Young waits to place a guitar in the hearse carrying the casket of his brother, AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young. The funeral was held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney in November 2017.

Former Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer is pursued by media as he leaves Burwood Local Court in Sydney. Mehajer was arrested after breaching an Apprehended Violence Order but was granted bail.

Australia’s Tim Cahill looks toward his family moments after the full time whistle in the Socceroos’ final group match against Peru at the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Sochi, Russia. After the World Cup Cahill, Australia’s leading international goal-scorer, confirmed his retirement from international football with a tally of 50 goals in 107 caps.

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