Finalists announced for the 2020 Walkleys for Excellence in Journalism

The Walkley Foundation has announce the finalists for the 65th annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Louisa Graham, chief executive of the Walkley Foundation, said: “This year’s finalists continue to impress with courageous acts of journalism. We had hoped that, despite the uncertainty created by Covid-19, we would be able to come together in person to celebrate the hard work, innovation and resilience shown by our industry over the past 12 months. But to safeguard the health and safety of our journalists, partners and staff we will celebrate virtually. Wherever you are, please join us in raising a toast to this outstanding journalism, which serves the public by informing during crises, sparking inquiries, prompting changes to the law and holding the powerful to account. Cheers!”

Finalists are selected by panels of peers on the basis of overall merit and journalistic excellence. The Walkley Foundation encourages a diversity of entries from journalists around Australia. This year it received 1408 entries.

All Walkley Award-winners will be announced in a live broadcast on ky News Extra (Foxtel Channel 603) and streamed on the Walkley website (walkleys.com) from 7pm AEDT on Friday, November 20. 

2020 Walkley Award finalists

PRINT/TEXT NEWS REPORT
Award Partner Media Super

PUBLIC SERVICE JOURNALISM
Award Partner Sydney Airport

INNOVATION
Award Partner Google News Initiative

HEADLINE, CAPTION OR HOOK
Award Partner Qantas

  • Anthony De CeglieThe West Australian, “THE ROYAL FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE,” “BRIDGET OVER TROUBLED RORTERS” and “YOU HAD ONE JOBKEEPER”
  • Baz McAlisterThe Courier-Mail, “Apoocalypse Now,” “The Windsor of Our Discontent” and “You Shook ‘Em All Night, Elon”
  • Duska Sulicich, The Age, “There’s a square in there, and a glare as well,” “Bat hit crazy” and “The laud’s prayer” 

FEATURE WRITING LONG (OVER 4000 WORDS)
Award Partner UQ

FEATURE WRITING SHORT (UNDER 4000 WORDS)
Award Partner The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

COVERAGE OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
Award Partner PwC Indigenous Consulting

COVERAGE OF COMMUNITY OR REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Award Partner BHP

CARTOON 

  • Glen Le LievrePatreon, “Peace at last”
  • Jim PavlidisThe Age, “Back in Black, Highway to Hell”
  • David RoweThe Australian Financial Review, “Thoughts and Prayers” 

SPORTS JOURNALISM

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY
Award Partner Nikon

  • Matthew Abbott, The New York Timesand Oculi, “Football’s Longest Drive: 2000kms across Central Australia”
  • Robert Cianflone, Getty Images, “Sporting Arenas”
  • Sam Ruttyn, The Daily Telegraph, “UFC 243”

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
Award Partner ABC

RADIO/AUDIO FEATURE

  • Rachael Brown and ABC Trace TeamABC, “Trace: The Informer
  • Nicola Harvey, Nakkiah Lui and Miranda TapsellAudible, “Debutante
  • Hedley Thomas, Slade Gibson and Peter MurphyThe Australian, “The Night Driver

PRODUCTION
Award Partner Judith Neilson Institute 

SCOOP OF THE YEAR
Award Partner Nine News

COVERAGE OF A MAJOR NEWS EVENT OR ISSUE
Award Partner Facebook

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
Award Partner Nikon

  • Matthew Abbott, The New York Timesand Oculi, “A kangaroo rushes past a burning house in Lake Conjola”
  • Brad Fleet, The Advertiser, “One billion deaths”
  • Jake Nowakowski, Herald Sun, “Extinction Rebellion” 

BUSINESS JOURNALISM
Award Partner ING

FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY
Award Partner Nikon

  • Matthew Abbott,  The New York Times and Oculi, “Black Summer”
  • David Caird,  Sunday Herald Sun, “Behind the COVID Door”
  • Nick Moir, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Firestorm” 

TELEVISION/VIDEO CAMERAWORK
Award Partner Australian Super

TELEVISION/VIDEO NEWS REPORTING
Award Partner Seven

TELEVISION/VIDEO CURRENT AFFAIRS SHORT (LESS THAN 20 MINUTES)
Award Partner SBS

TELEVISION/VIDEO CURRENT AFFAIRS LONG (MORE THAN 20 MINUTES)
Award Partner TEN

  • Nick McKenzie, Joel Tozer and Sumeyya Ilanbey60 Minutes, Nine, “The Faceless Man
  • Louise Milligan, Mary Fallon and Lauren DayFour Corners, ABC, “Boys Club
  • Mark Willacy and the ABC Investigations-Four Corners TeamFour Corners, ABC, “Killing Field

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS, OPINION AND CRITIQUE

WALKLEY DOCUMENTARY AWARD SHORTLIST

WALKLEY BOOK AWARD LONGLIST

  • Stephanie Convery,After the Count, Viking, Penguin Random House Australia
  • Antony DapiranCity On Fire, Scribe
  • Tom DoigHazelwood, Viking, Penguin Random House Australia 
  • Garry LinnellBuckley’s Chance, Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House Australia
  • Paddy Manningbody count, Simon & Schuster
  • Sophie McNeill, We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know, ABC Books
  • Lucie Morris-MarrFallen, Allen & Unwin
  • Margaret SimonsPenny Wong, Black Inc.
  • Suzanne SmithThe Altar Boys, ABC Books

NIKON-WALKLEY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Award Partner Nikon

  • Matthew Abbott, The New York Times and Oculi 
  • Kate Geraghty, The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Nick Moir, The Sydney Morning Herald

2020 NIKON-WALKLEY PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE WINNERS

These are not Walkley Awards, but prizes administered by the Walkley Foundation on behalf of Nikon. These photos will also appear in the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography exhibition.

NIKON-WALKLEY PHOTO OF THE YEAR
WINNER
Christopher Hopkins, The Age, “I Want to Hold her Hand”

NIKON-WALKLEY PORTRAIT PRIZE
WINNER
James Brickwood, Australian Financial Review Magazine, “Adam Goodes”

NIKON-WALKLEY COMMUNITY/REGIONAL PRIZE
WINNER
Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury, “Strength and Resilience”

NIKON-WALKLEY CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN DAILY LIFE
WINNER
David Gray, Getty Images, “Dealing with drought”

Top Photo: Christopher Hopkins Walkley Winner 2020

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