A standoff between rival protest groups on the streets of Melbourne. An overcrowded prison cell in the Philippines. A fireball in the air above Mosul. Photographers have captured the events in the past year that affect us all, whether it’s the rise of right-wing nationalist groups in Australia, the cruelty of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, or a war fought on a distant soil.
The Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism recognise the work of Australian photographers across multiple categories, including news, sport, photographic essays, portraiture, community, and contemporary Australian daily life.
Finalists and winners in some categories were announced Thursday at the State Library of New South Wales. Grant Trouville took out the prize for Photo of the Year with “50 Years of Tears,” an image that captured the emotional aftermath of the Cronulla Sharks’ victory in the 2016 NRL grand final.
“This image shows the outpouring of emotion from the last 50 years for the Cronulla Sharks,” said Grant. “The two greatest ever players to put on the Sharks jersey coming together. A thank you from the former captain and club legend to the current captain. The trophy cabinet will never be empty again.”
Winners in the news, sport, features categories, as well as the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year, will be announced at the 62nd Annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism on November 29.
The full list of finalists can be found here and finalists’ photographs will be on display in Sydney at the State Library of New South Wales until 26 November 2017, and in Brisbane at the ABC until 27 November 2017. Check out our gallery above for a preview.