Last night Nikon and The Walkley Foundation announced finalists and prize winners in the 2016 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism as part of the opening for the 2016 Nikon-Walkley Finalists Press Exhibition.
Also announced last night, were the winners for the Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize, Nikon-Walkley Regional Community Prize & the all-important, Nikon-Walkley Press Photo of the Year.
Winner, Nikon-Walkley Press Photo of the Year: Andrew Quilty, Foreign Policy, “The Man on the Operating Table”
Winner, Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize: Brian Cassey (“Beaten Refugee” News Corp Australia)
Winner, Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize: Marc McCormack (“Body of Work” The Cairns Post)
Andrew Quilty shot this image inside the Médecins Sans Frontières Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan, following the Oct. 3, 2015, attack by an American AC-130 gunship on the hospital in which 42 were killed, including MSF staff, patients and patient carers.
The arresting image was a clear standout for the judges and one they felt that stops in your tracks. “Even before you know the background to the photograph, that single frame captures all the horror and devastation of war and its ability to destroy the innocent.” .
Photojournalist Quilty describes the scene that met him in Kunduz:
“The body of the man on the operating table had been the only one among the human remains in the trauma centre that was still somewhat visibly identifiable. And when I first saw him, this man had been lying dead on that operating table for a week as the fighting continued to rage across the city. It would be four more weeks before I’d learn his name.”
Finalist Categories included; Feature/Photography Essay, News Photography, Sport Photography and the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year. The finalists for each of these categories are as follows;
Sport: Scott Barbour, Eddie Jim and Cameron Spencer
News: Annette Dew, Jake Nowakowski and Andrew Quilty
Feature/Photo Essay: Danella Bevis, Eddie Jim and David Maurice Smith
Press Photographer of the year: Alex Coppel, Jason Edwards and Andrew Quilty
You can view this amazing collection of photography at:
Sydney: State Library of NSW, Sydney – 13th October – 27th November
Brisbane: ABC – 114 Grey Street, South Brisbane – 14th October – 27th November
Adelaide 15th December – 12th February
Melbourne: Dates TBC
Warning: This is a graphic image showing the violence of war. It may distress some readers.
Nikon-Walkley Press Photo of the Year
Winner: Andrew Quilty, Foreign Policy, “The Man on the Operating Table”
Nikon-Walkley Prize Winners
Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize
Winner: Brian Cassey, News Corp Australia, “Beaten Refugee”
Winner: Marc McCormack, The Cairns Post, “Body of Work”
Photo of the Year
Winner: Andrew Quilty, Foreign Policy, “The Man on the Operating Table” – View Image
2016 Nikon-Walkley Portrait Photography Prize
Winner: Brian Cassey, News Corp Australia, “Beaten Refugee” – View Image
2016 Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize
Winner: Marc McCormack, The Cairns Post, “Body of Work” – View Image
For more information visit www.walkleys.com/awards/