Photo of the Year unveiled; finalists for Nikon-Walkleys and Walkley Documentary Award announced

13-Oct-2016 8:47 PM

2016 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year

The Man on the Operating Table. Andrew Quilty

Andrew Quilty shot this image inside the Médecins Sans Frontières Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan, following the Oct. 3, 2015, attack by an American AC-130 gunship on the hospital in which 42 were killed, including MSF staff, patients and patient carers.

The arresting image was a clear standout for the judges.

Photojournalist Quilty describes the scene that met him in Kunduz:

“The body of the man on the operating table had been the only one among the human remains in the trauma centre that was still somewhat visibly identifiable. And when I first saw him, this man had been lying dead on that operating table for a week as the fighting continued to rage across the city. It would be four more weeks before I’d learn his name.”

All finalists detailed below were announced tonight at the State Library of New South Wales.

See our online showcase of finalists’ photographs.

Winners will be announced Dec. 2, 2016, at the 61st Annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Finalists: 

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year

Alex CoppelHerald Sun
Jason EdwardsHerald Sun
Andrew QuiltyForeign PolicyThe Washington PostTIME Lightbox and SBS.com.au

News Photography

Annette Dew, News Corp Australia, “Close your eyes, I love you”
Jake NowakowskiHerald Sun, “Moomba Gang Riot”
Andrew QuiltyForeign Policy, “The Man on The Operating Table”

Feature/Photographic Essay

Danella BevisThe West Australian, “The Day After”
Eddie JimGood Weekend Magazine, Fairfax Media, “Standing Tall”
David Maurice SmithGuardian AustraliaSydney Morning HeraldThe Globe and Mailand Mother Jones Magazine, “Refugee Crisis in the Balkans”

Sport Photography

Scott Barbour, Getty Images, “Peak of the Action”
Eddie JimThe Age, Fairfax Media, “Champagne Shower”
Cameron Spencer, Getty Images, “The Defining Moment”

Winners are also announced for two photography prizes. The winners each receive $5,000 worth of Nikon gear.

Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize

Winner: Brian Cassey, News Corp Australia, “Beaten Refugee”

Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize

Winner: Marc McCormackThe Cairns Post, “Body of Work”

The finalists’ photographs will be toured around the nation in a series of free public exhibitions and are currently on display at the State Library of New South Wales and the ABC in Brisbane.

The Walkleys thank Nikon for its support of the photography awards and prizes.

Documentary Award shortlist announced

Three outstanding documentaries have been shortlisted for the Walkley Documentary Award. These films capture Australia’s longest-running war, the nation’s domestic violence problem, and tragedy on Mount Everest. They are:

Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s WarChris Hilton, Alan Erson, Victoria Midwinter Pitt (Essential Media and Entertainment, ABC TV and Screen Australia)
Hitting HomeSarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton and Ivan O’Mahoney (In Films and ABC TV)
SherpaJennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin and John Smithson (Felix Media)

All three films will be screened free for the public at the State Library of NSW on Tuesday October 18 and Wednesday October 19. RSVPs are essential.

Contact

For media enquiries, including requests to reprint finalists’ photos online or in print, contact Kate Golden at kate.golden@walkleys.com or (02) 9333 0951.

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Tel: (02) 9333 0951

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