FANTASTIC IN FOCUS
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.
“There is really no substitute for taking the necessary time and applying your skills to capturing a singular moment in the way that these images demonstrate.
“Visitors will no doubt respond with delight and some awe when they visit.”
The exhibition continues from 9.30am-5pm daily until Sunday, October 1, at the museum at Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle.
Above: Two images in the display: Jake Nowakowski, Moomba Gang Riot. Below: Scott Barbour, Family Bond.