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Brendan Esposito wins Walkley Photographer of the Year

The remaining 2022 Nikon-Walkley Awards for excellence in photojournalism winners have been announced, with ABC chief photographer Brendan Esposito taking the Walkley Press Photographer of the Year title.

NASA scientists arrive in the Northern Territory for a rare event that they hope will reveal secrets of the solar system’s most mysterious dwarf planet. Photo: Brendan Esposito.
Franny Loco founded a gang while in prison. Photo: Brendan Esposito.
The second stage of Bogdan Lazar’s funeral is in the local church. Bogdan was one of 35 people killed in March 2022 when a Russian air strike hit a military training base in Yavoriv, just 20 kilometres from Poland. Photo: Brendan Esposito.
Robert Mark Old has been on the streets for three months, preferring the relative safety of Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs to the recommended crisis accommodation, which he described as “a bloody disgrace”. Alcohol and drug use was rife and he feared for his safety, preferring the rain and temperatures close to zero to a room at the notorious centre. June 4, 2022. Photo: Brendan Esposito.
Jenna Love photographs herself for her OnlyFans internet page at her home in Blaxland, NSW, a look inside the booming business of “democratised” adult content – erotica made by everyday people and sold online for a subscription fee. Since its inception, OnlyFans has been seen as a tool for economic empowerment by many. But the site – and others like it – poses ethical dilemmas and real risks for those involved. Jenna is a content creator who explores the highs and lows of making DIY erotica. Photo: Brendan Esposito.

Brendan’s submitted a ‘powerful body of work spanning Ukraine and Australia’, with his photos showing NASA scientists working in the Northern Territory, Sydney gang members, homelessness, adult entertainment workers and Ukrainians mourning a death.

Speaking earlier this year about witnessing Ukrainians fleeing by train to Poland, Brendan said he was reminded ‘of many photographic archives I had seen over the years of World War II and it felt like history was repeating itself’.

‘What I witnessed was people that looked utterly shell shocked, lost and confused about what was next,’ he told Catholic Weekly. ‘They had an uncertainty and a sadness etched on their faces as they arrived, looking through the train windows.’

Award-winning Getty Images photographer, Cameron Spencer, won the Sports Photography category for his image, Sport is Back!.

Tom Papley of the Swans kicks during the round 20 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Sydney Cricket Ground. July 30, 2022. Photo: Cameron Spencer.

Natalie Grono’s photo, Peter takes a moment, which won the Walkley Photo of the Year in October, also took out the News Photography category.

Peter takes a moment. Photo: Natalie Grono.

And lastly, award-winning Sydney Morning Herald photographer, Kate Geraghty, won the Feature/Photographic Essay category for her series, Invasion of Ukraine – Civilian Impact.

Zoya Shaposhnik, 67, looks up at the hole in her ceiling from a missile strike. Her disabled husband narrowly escaped injury or death in their home in Krasnohorivka. Zoya Shaposhnik did not evacuate as many others have in the town, instead staying to care for her husband. Their roof and other parts of their home have been destroyed. Krasnohorivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. June 16, 2022. Photo: Kate Geraghty.

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