The Walkley Foundation will honour its 2020 Walkley Award winners through a live broadcast announcement on Sky News Channel 604 on November 20. The traditional Gala Dinner, planned for Tamworth this year, will now take place in 2021.

2020 has already been huge for the news industry in Australia and around the world, from Australia’s summer bushfires to the global pandemic, from the Black Lives Matter protests to a US election campaign just starting to heat up. It will certainly be a year none of us forgets.

We had hoped that, despite the uncertainty created by COVID-19, we would be able to come together in person to celebrate the hard work, courage, innovation and resilience shown by the media over the past 12 months.

However, the restrictions stemming from COVID-19, including border closures and limitations on guest numbers, sadly make it impossible for us to hold a traditional Gala Dinner this November.

To ensure our 2020 Walkley finalists and winners are recognised while fulfilling our duty of care to all involved, we will broadcast the Walkley Winners announcement on Friday November 20 through our partner, Sky News. The announcement will also be livestreamed on the Walkley website.

Walkley Award finalists will be announced on Thursday October 15. At this stage we are hoping this can still go ahead as a face-to-face event.

The Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition will be on display at NSW Parliament House from Tuesday November 3 until Friday November 27.

To profile our winners and acknowledge the support of our partners, we also plan to host a Walkley Celebration Dinner in Sydney in February 2021.

COVID-19 is not something we could have anticipated and this was not the outcome we wanted, but we know that together we can still acknowledge and celebrate the amazing work produced in a year like no other.

Watch the 2020 Walkley Awards Winners Announcement

Tune in for free at 7pm on Friday November 20 at walkleys.com or watch via broadcast partner Sky News on channel 604.