Kate Geraghty wins Walkley Photo of the Year award



25 October 2021

The Walkley Foundation announced the finalists for the 2021 Walkley Award for Excellence in Photojournalism, with Kate Geraghty winning the Nikon Photo of the Year award.

Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year by Sydney Morning Herald photographer Kate Geraghty.

The Walkley Foundation divides the results of the Nikon-Walkley Photography Awards into two announcements, with two awards and the finalists announced for that round.

Geraghty’s Photo of the Year Image, Fighting the COVID-19 Delta, was captured for the Sydney Morning Herald and “embodied the year” marked by “illness, hospitalization, isolation, the family not being able to visit;

“It sums up COVID like no other picture,” the judges said. “An empathetic image that explains COVID in Australia: all the loneliness and isolation. There is a bigger story being told; many family members can’t even get that close to patients like this. Geraghty’s skills with and use of light make the picture. ‘

The other winner is Cairns photojournalist Brian Cassey, who bagged the Nikon Portrait Prize for his image, The Yarrick family of Kunhanhaa.

Nikon Award winning image Portrait by Brian Cassey.

The Portrait Prize seeks an image that “reveals aspects of the human condition by showing people from all walks of life”. Cassey’s image was taken for the australian, and the judges felt that the portrait “told them a lot about its subjects, from where they live to how they communicate.”

“It’s not easy to have so many people in one shot, to compose an image and make it work,” the judges said. “One child makes eye contact, but everyone does what they want. The lighting is just stunning and the circular movement of the composition means the faces continue to catch the eye, finding something new every time. ‘

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The finalists

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year

To earn this highest honor, photographers must show off their range and editing skills by selecting up to 10 images in any genre of their work in the past 12 months. Here is the shortlist including one hero image by each photographer.

Alex Coppel, Sun Herald, The daily telegraph and The Courier-Courrier

“American Caeleb Dressel crisscrosses the water to win gold in the men’s 100m butterfly final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.” Photo: Alex Coppel.

Jason Edwards, Sun Herald

The family of William Wall, a 14-year-old boy with autism, are in mourning as they learn he has been found dead. Photo: Jason Edwards.

Christophe Hopkins, Age, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Al Jazeera

“Former Wesley College student David Kay was sexually assaulted by two teachers in the 1970s. Now 58, Mr. Kay has decided to speak publicly about the ordeal which” has tarnished almost everyone. aspects of my life ”. He wants Wesley College to be held to account, says he was inspired to speak publicly by ‘young ass women’ such as 2021 Australian of the Year and sexual assault survivor Grace Tame. Melbourne, Australia. May 30, 2021. ‘ Photo: Christopher Hopkins.

Sports photography

From our sacred grounds to iconic athletes, entrances can show action and / or feature images of the sports arena. Photographers can capture up to five images, which can represent a body of work or be unrelated.

Alex Coppel, Sun Herald, The daily telegraph, The Courier-Courrier and Adelaide Advertiser

The games that were to arrive by Alex Coppel. “American Tara Davis lets her hair fly as she lands in the women’s long jump final at the Tokyo Olympics.”

Michael Dodge, Tennis Australia and Instagram

Moments unsupervised by Michael Dodge. “Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it turned out to be a lonely world for all tennis players at the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne Park. But at least Jessica Pegula of the United States had the lasting support of her one-man squad in coach David Witt. Here she celebrates after beating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina as Coach Witt makes a lone figure within the confines of an empty Rod Laver Arena. ‘

Jason Edwards, Sun Herald and the australian

Jason Edwards’ Crux. “Tom Perkins completes the crucial part of a route called Trapeze on Castle Crag, an iconic formation at the foot of Mount Arapiles / Dyuritte near Horsham in western Victoria.”

File / Photographic essay

Photographers use between five and 12 images to tell a longer story or to make a point. But we only have one of the images to show here!

Scott Barbour, Tennis Australia, Australian Open 2021

Photo: Scott Barbour. Rafael Nadal of Spain leaps into the air as he prepares to enter the pitch to face Cameron Norrie of Great Britain at Rod Laver Arena on Day 6 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Saturday February 13, 2021. “

Jake Nowakowski, Sun Herald and Australian Weekend Magazine, Superheroes in confinement

Photo: Jake Nowakowski. ‘Vision (cosplayer Steve Alder-Goad) trims a rose bush as his neighbor watches.

Dean Sewell, Herald of the Sun, Of mice and Men

Photo: Dean Sewell. “Allan Inglis gets rid of the carcasses of drowned mice in the open fields beyond the farm. He performs this task several times during the morning. “Even the guinea fowl are fed up,” he says, nodding to the birds that roam freely around his property. “



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