NewsCorp’s Alex Coppel was named Photographer of the Year by Walkley Press at an event in Sydney over the weekend.
the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism are presented annually to recognize and reward the best in the craft, and span all facets of journalism. Finalists are selected by leading journalists and photographers, with winners judged by the Wakley Jury.
Coppel received the News Photographer of the Year award, Australia’s highest honor for photojournalism, for a body of work spanning sport, breaking news, reporting and everyday life, all loosely linked by the shadow that the COVID-19 pandemic has cast on world events. .
The Melbourne-based photographer also won the Sports Photography category for his series featuring the 2021 Olympics, titled The games that were supposed to happen.
Photographer in Fairfax Dean Sewell won the Feature Photographic Essay category for his series, Of mice and Men, who documented the rat plague affecting farmers in rural New South Wales.
“The well-edited series features 12 images that showcase not only the photographer’s technical skills, but also his ability to tell stories. Every photo you could want is here,” the judges said.
The Sydney Morning Herald Brook Mitchell completed the photographic awards by winning the News Photography Award for his series Sydney anti-lockdown protest.
Finally, the Gold Walkley, Australia’s highest journalism honour, went to journalist Samantha Maiden for her groundbreaking story on news.com.au Open Secret: The Story of Brittany Higgins.