From 2 November, the Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism will be on display in the Fountain Court. The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism are the highest honours in Australian journalism, celebrating excellence across all media. Since 1956, when the first Walkleys were presented 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 camerawork of Australia's best photographers.
You can view a montage of this year's finalists in the video below.
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 over 3000 images entered this year, the Nikon-Walkley judges looked for newsworthiness, impact, creativity and technical skill. This exhibition, showcasing the 2020 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 moment of stillness, the smallest story can be as compelling as the largest.
Viewers are advised that this exhibition includes graphic images that may be confronting. It may not be easy to look at all of them, but we believe it's important for the world to see, as do Australia's talented and dedicated photojournalists. Viewer discretion is advised.