Finalists announced for the Nikon-Walkley Awards 2010
The finalists in the Nikon-Walkley Photographic Awards have been announced.
The awards are the foremost competition for press photographers in Australia and are judged by a panel of senior photographers and picture editors who are representative of the whole industry.
The depth of quality of all the entries was quite remarkable this year, the judges said. The federal election campaign may have lacked spontaneity, they added, but Australian photographers submitted stunning images from the campaign. These are juxtaposed with tremendous photos of Australian weather extremes, and sporting photos that are both action-packed and personal."
Viewing the entires at the Nikon-Walkley Photographic Awards
Cameron Laird won the 2010 Nikon-Walkley Best Portrait Prize for a photograph of north Queensland Independent MP Bob Katter.
Cameron Laird – Winner of Best Portrait Prize
Laird photographed Katter on the phone at home, surrounded by portraits, silverware and Ned Kelly memorabilia. Roundly rejecting the boundaries of his armchair, the MP is caught in a moment of disagreement with a caller. The image originally appeared in The Courier-Mail. The photographer captured not only a portrait of a man, but a man in his surroundings, said the judges.
The Bendigo Advertisers Brendan McCarthy has taken out the 2010 Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize. The judges described his series of photos, shot in and around Bendigo, as a mature entry with a strong mix of images. Subjects included a Buddhist monk sharing a joke with his novices, bats in flight, and a moment of quiet bonding between Amanda Perry and her 13-year-old dog, Zed.
Brendan McCarthy “ Coliban Burn – Winner of Community/Regional Prize
Finalists were also announced for the following 2010 Nikon-Walkley Award categories: News Photography (General News and Spot News), Daily Life, Sport, Photographic Essay and, the pinnacle of Australian photographic achievement, Press Photographer of the Year.
Visit the exhibition
The nominated works will be on show in Sydney at the Australian Centre for Photography (257 Oxford Street, Paddington) until October 30 and will be unveiled at The Age on October 20.
This year the finalists images will also be projected onto the western wall of the AMP Building facing Young Street, near Circular Quay in Sydney on the weekend of 22-24th October between the hours of 7.30pm and 10.30pm.
Winners of the remaining categories “ News Photography, Daily Life, Sport, Photographic Essay and the Press Photographer of the Year “ will be announced on December 9, at Melbournes Crown Ballroom, as part of The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Highlights of The Walkley Awards will be broadcast nationally on SBS TV.
2010 Nikon-Walkley Portrait Photography Prize
2010 Nikon-Walkley Photographic Prize for Community and Regional Photography