2021 Walkley Photography Finalists announced
A look at the finalists’ photographs.
Kate Geraghty has been named the winner of the 2021 Nikon Photo of the Year Prize for “Fighting COVID-19 Delta”.
The judges thought Kate’s image of a COVID-19 patient encapsulated the year in news. The judges said “Provocative, strong and summarises the year that was: illness, hospitalisation, isolation, family not being able to visit. This image is a huge achievement.”
All finalists detailed below were announced today alongside all the finalists in the 66th Walkley Awards.
The 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.
You’ll be able to see all the finalists and prize-winners in the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, opening in November in the Fountain Court of NSW Parliament House. For more details, visit our website.
Below you can see the hero image from each entry, but in most cases the entry comprises multiple images, which will be on show at the exhibition.
Winners will be announced on February 11 at the 66th Annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year
To win this highest honour, photographers must show their range and editing skills by selecting up to 10 images in any genre from their work over the previous 12 months.
Finalist: Alex Coppel, Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph and The Courier-Mail
Finalist: Jason Edwards, Herald Sun
Finalist: Christopher Hopkins, The Age, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Al Jazeera
Newsworthiness, impact, technical superiority, creativity and originality are considered in this category. News photography encompasses a range of work, from an exclusive or spontaneous
moment to images depicting the dominant news of the day. The images should capture an issue or event, not a series on a theme.
Finalist: Kate Geraghty, The Sydney Morning Herald, “COVID-19 ICU”
Finalist: Justin McManus, The Age, “Anti-Lockdown Protest”
Finalist: Brook Mitchell, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Sydney Anti-Lockdown Protest”
From our hallowed grounds to iconic athletes, entries may show action and/or feature images from the sporting arena. Photographers may enter up to five images, which may represent a body of work or be unrelated.
Finalist: Alex Coppel, Herald-Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier-Mail and The Adelaide Advertiser, “The Games That Had to Happen”
Finalist: Michael Dodge, Tennis Australia and Instagram, “Unguarded Moments”
Finalist: Jason Edwards, Herald Sun and The Australian, “The Crux”
If a picture is worth a thousand words, these collections are whole books. Photographers use between five and 12 images to tell a longer story or make a point.
Finalist: Scott Barbour, Tennis Australia “2021 Australian Open”
Finalist: Jake Nowakowski, Herald Sun and The Weekend Australian Magazine, “Superheroes in Lockdown”
Finalist: Dean Sewell, Sun Herald, “Of Mice and Men”
Nikon Portrait Prize
A single image can say a great deal about a person. Entries for the Nikon Portrait Prize reveal aspects of the human condition by showing people from all walks of life.
Winner: Brian Cassey, The Australian, “The Yarrick Family of Kunhanhaa”
Nikon Prize for Photo of the Year
This prize recognises an outstanding “hero” image. This defining image of the year is selected by the judges from photographs submitted across all categories in the awards.
Winner: Kate Geraghty, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Fighting COVID-19 Delta”
Thanks to this year’s judges:
- Sandra Jackson, Visual Editor, The West Australian
- Danie Sprague, Photographic Editor, The Age
- Barbara McGrady, photographer
- Mark Baker, Senior Photo Editor and Photographer, AP
- Renee Nowytarger, past Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year