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.
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 âembodied the yearâ marked by âillness, hospitalization, isolation, the family not being able to visit;
âIt sums up COVID like no other picture,â the judges said. âAn 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.
The Portrait Prize seeks an image that âreveals aspects of the human condition by showing people from all walks of lifeâ. 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.”
âIt’s not easy to have so many people in one shot, to compose an image and make it work,â the judges said. âOne 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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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
Jason Edwards, Sun Herald
Christophe Hopkins, Age, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Al Jazeera
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
Michael Dodge, Tennis Australia and Instagram
Jason Edwards, Sun Herald and the australian
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
Jake Nowakowski, Sun Herald and Australian Weekend Magazine, Superheroes in confinement
Dean Sewell, Herald of the Sun, Of mice and Men