Australia's best photojournalism recognised at Nikon-Walkley awards
At the recent 63rd Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Australian Associated Press (AAP) photographer, Dean Lewins was named the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year. This is his first Walkley Award.
His winning portfolio featured a selection of images from the year’s major sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games, the FIFA World Cup, the Australian Open tennis tournament, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, and the Ashes, along with other significant news coverage which included the funeral of AC/DC founder, Malcolm Young when his brother and co-founder Angus Young steps to the back of the hearse carrying Malcolm’s prized Gretsch guitar. The judges described Lewins' portfolio as strong on sport, but with quintessential Australian news images as well.
A photojournalist for 30 years, Dean Lewins completed his cadetship with The Gold Coast Bulletin and began working for Australian Associated Press in 1999. At AAP, Lewins has covered six Olympic Games, four Commonwealth Games, the Ashes, the Football World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup.
Other winners included Getty Images Scott Barbour in the Sport Photography category, and freelance photojournalist Chris Hopkins in the Nikon-Walkley Feature/Photographic Essay category for his series, My Name is Yunus, which focusses on the new life of a Rohingya refugee in Australia for SBS’s innovative Instagram documentary She Called Me Red. Jenny Evans (Getty Images, The Daily Telegraph) won the News Photography category for her series, Life Saver, showing a swimmer caught in dangerous surf at Bronte Beach, NSW.
You can see a selection of winning images in the gallery above, and all the winners at the Walkley Foundation website.