The annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism act as something of a mirror to society—reflecting back the year we had through photographs. From news and current affairs to sporting highlights and photographic essays, the awards showcase the best that Australian photojournalism has to offer.
The Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, which is currently on display at the State Library of Victoria, comprises finalists and winners from each category, including Nikon Photo of the Year winner Matilda Joy by Quinn Rooney, which captured an iconic moment at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The scope of the photographic subjects go beyond Australia, covering pivotal moments across the world such as the war in Ukraine, and the Nikon Portrait Prize winner, which Walkley Foundation CEO Shona Martyn describes as “a stunning environmental portrait, showing the intergenerational impact of climate change on remote Kioa Island in Fiji.”
View, in pictures, the highs and lows of 2023 captured through photojournalism.
Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition
State Library Victoria
On now—January 31
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Art Guide Editors
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