The Nikon-Walkley Photographic Awards are the most prestigious awards competition for press photographers in Australia. Winners have been announced, with more than 900 journalists and media identities gathered at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney for the 54th Annual Walkley Awards.
In 2009, the Walkley Foundation received some 400 entries in its various photographic categories, reflecting the depth of talent in Australian photo-journalism. 16 finalists, announced in October, went on to compete for the major Nikon-Walkley Photographic Prizes.
Nikon proudly sponsors awards in five categories including daily life, sport, news and photographic essay. The coveted 2009 Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year was awarded to Renee Nowytarger from The Australian, for her body of work which the judges praised as “rounded and versatile”. Her stand out photograph on an exhausted and forlorn Malcolm Turnbull was singled out for especial praise, along with her emotional coverage of indigenous affairs.
photographer – Renee Nowytarger
The Australian’s Gary Hughes took out the 2009 Gold Walkley and the award from Best Print News Report for his moving personal account of Black Saturday. The Hughes family were also presented with three Walkley trophy to replace those Gary lost to the bushfires, when his home and family’s possessions were destroyed.
The Walkley Awards, administered by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, have a proud history of celebrating the year’s winning stories and images. The awards were established in 1956 by Sir William Gaston Walkley, founder of Ampol Australia.
Award winners in Nikon-sponsored categories
Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year
Winner: Renee Nowytarger – The Australian
Finalist: Craig Greenhill – The Daily Telegraph
Finalist: Kate Geraghty – The Sydney Morning Herald