Fremantle Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

THE best of Aus­tralian pho­to­jour­nal­ism is on dis­play at the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum.

The Nikon-Walk­ley Awards for Ex­cel­lence in Pho­to­jour­nal­ism recog­nise work across a range of gen­res, from news and sport to por­trai­ture and pho­to­graphic es­says. This ex­hi­bi­tion is a chance to re­flect on the year in news through the in­di­vid­ual world­views and skilled lenses of Aus­tralia’s best pho­tog­ra­phers.

The Walk­ley Awards are the high­est honour in Aus­tralian jour­nal­ism, cel­e­brat­ing ex­cel­lence across all me­dia. The first Walk­leys were be­stowed in five cat­e­gories in 1956. Since then the awards have grown to more than 30 cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing doc­u­men­tary film and non-fic­tion books. Some of these im­ages are the work of a split-sec­ond. Oth­ers took months of re­search and trust-build­ing. Pho­tog­ra­phers in­ter­act with their sub­jects with per­haps more in­ti­macy than sto­ry­tellers in any other medium, and the tales they tell can move peo­ple with a sin­gle frame.

MEAA WA Me­dia Sec­tion pres­i­dent Martin Turner said it was an in­spir­ing col­lec­tion and a sym­bol of hope for jour­nal­ism.

“Many are aware that our in­dus­try has been go­ing through a very tor­rid time in re­cent years,” he said.

“The Me­dia, En­ter­tain­ment and Arts Al­liance es­ti­mates that some 3000 jour­nal­ism jobs have been lost just in the past five years or so.

“It has put enor­mous strain on news­rooms, par­tic­u­larly as pho­tog­ra­phers have been one of the roles hard­est hit in this at­tri­tion.

“The task of tak­ing pho­to­graphs has there­fore fallen to far fewer pho­tog­ra­phers, as well as re­porters.”

Turner said the ex­hi­bi­tion was a tes­ta­ment to the im­por­tance of pho­tog­ra­phy to news re­port­ing.

“The qual­ity of these im­ages is re­ally star­tling, par­tic­u­larly in large form in such beau­ti­ful re­pro­duc­tions as in this ex­hi­bi­tion,” he said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues from 9.30am-5pm daily un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, at the mu­seum at Vic­to­ria Quay in Fre­man­tle.

MEAA WA Me­dia Sec­tion pres­i­dent Martin Turner view­ing Ja­son Ed­wards’ Bal­le­rina.

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