Jason South has been named the winner of the 2019 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year Prize for “Running the gauntlet”. The Nikon-Walkley judges thought Jason South’s image of George Pell for The Age managed to tell the biggest news story in Australia in a single frame, saying “it’s no mean feat to get an image that good out of a court job”.

All finalists detailed below were announced tonight at simultaneous events at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney, and 1826 Photography Studios & Gallery in Melbourne.

To view the finalists’ photographs, visit The Walkley Magazine online

Prize winners receive a prize of Nikon equipment. Nikon-Walkley winners will be announced on November 28 at the 64th annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

You can find information about the Walkley Awards judging process here, and the Terms and Conditions of the Awards here.

NIKON-WALKLEY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 

  • Scott Barbour, Getty Images and AAP
  • Chris McGrath, Getty Images
  • Jeremy Piper, National Geographic, Oculi and AAP

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Chris McGrath, Getty Images, “The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi”
  • Matt Roberts, ABC, “The Second Coming of Senator Lambie”
  • Jason South, The Age, “Pell”

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Craig Golding, AAP, “Invictus Games 2018”
  • Quinn Rooney, Getty Images, “The Art of Sports Photography”
  • Cameron Spencer, Getty Images, “H20”

FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY

  • Chris McGrath, Getty Images, “The End of the Caliphate”
  • Ryan Pierse, Getty Images, “The Unlosable Election”
  • Jason South, The Age, “Christchurch Massacre”

Winners are also announced for four photography prizes. 

NIKON-WALKLEY PORTRAIT PRIZE

  • Winner: Justin McManus, The Sunday Age, “Landon and Joey”

NIKON-WALKLEY COMMUNITY/REGIONAL PRIZE

  • Winner: Max Mason-Hubers, Newcastle Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald, “A year of ups and downs in Newcastle”

NIKON-WALKLEY CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN DAILY LIFE PRIZE

  • Winner: Matthew Abbott, The New York Times, “Chinese Tourism Boom”

NIKON-WALKLEY PHOTO OF THE YEAR PRIZE

  • Winner: Jason South, The Age, “Running the gauntlet”

Cardinal George Pell runs the gauntlet of media and angry Christians at the Melbourne County Court before hearing his sentence. Photo: Jason South, The Age.

The finalists’ photographs will be toured around the nation in a series of free public exhibitions and is currently on display at 1826 Photography Studios & Gallery in South Melbourne until October 24. 

The Walkley Foundation thanks Nikon for more than two decades of support and partnership on the photography awards and prizes. And thanks to the judges: 

  • Heather Faulkner, senior lecturer & program director, Photography, Griffith University 
  • David Gray, photographer
  • Shane Hulbert, Associate Professor, RMIT University School of Art
  • Steven Siewert, freelance photographer
  • Danie Sprague, photo editor, The Age

To view more information on the finalists, visit The Walkley Magazine online.

DOCUMENTARY AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

Three outstanding documentaries have been shortlisted for the Walkley Documentary Award.

They are:

  • Aftermath: Beyond Black Saturday, Joe Connor, Ken Connor and Lucy Maclaren, Renegade Films and ABC
  • The Australian Dream, Stan Grant, Dan Gordon, GoodThing Productions and Passion Pictures UK
  • The Final Quarter, Ian Darling, Sally Fryer and Mary Macrae, Shark Island Productions

These films, along with three more films long-listed for the award, will be screened free for the public at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday 16 October. RSVPs are essential.

Thanks to the Documentary Award judges:

  • Rachel Clements, producer, Brindle Films
  • Helen Dalley, Documentary Award Joint Chair
  • Quentin Dempster, Documentary Award Joint Chair
  • Pat Fiske, director & producer, Bower Bird Films
  • Narelle Hooper, Documentary Foundation Australia board member & editor-in-chief, Company Director 
  • Rick McPhee, executive producer, CJZ
  • Sue Spencer, senior producer

All winners will be announced at the Walkley Awards in Sydney on November 28.  The awards will be broadcast live on SKY NEWS EXTRA (Foxtel Channel 604) and streamed on the Walkley website (walkleys.com) from 8pm.

For media enquiries, including requests to reprint finalists’ photos online or in print, contact Clare Fletcher, communications manager, Walkley Foundation, clare.fletcher@walkleys.com or +61 432 616 810.