This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – award-winning photojournalist Brian Cassey’s photographs from Manus Island go on show in Melbourne, plus the World Press Photo 2018 Awards nominees have been announced and there are two Australians up for Photo of the Year – Adam Ferguson and Patrick Brown.
Also, I’m thrilled to be a speaker at the Loud & Luminous Conference to be held on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March at Cretan House in Brunswick. I’ll share more information in the coming weeks, but check out the link here and register now. It’s free, but places are limited.
Brian Cassey – Inside Manus Detention Centre
These are the images we weren’t meant to see, the images the Australian government wanted hidden.
Award-winning photographer Brian Cassey and journalist Rory Callinan unofficially visited Manus Island three days after the Australian government walked away from this refugee detention centre last year.
Manus Island has been the focus of controversy ever since it opened. Its closure – and the abandonment of those detained – marks one of the darkest moments in this country’s treatment of refugees, which is saying something given our appalling record.
A number of Cassey’s pictures, taken in the brief time he had on the Island – 18 minutes in all – feature in the first exhibition for the year at the Fox Darkroom and Gallery, Kensington (Melbourne).
23 February to 4 March
$5 entry fee on opening night. All proceeds will be donated to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Congratulations to all the nominees in this year’s World Press Photo Awards. It’s great to see two Australians in the running for Photo of the Year too – Adam Ferguson and Patrick Brown – both committed to creating engaging visual narratives that convey important stories. Winners will be announced on 12 April.
The announcement on the nominees was picked up by various media around the globe including the Telegraph UK, News.com, PetaPixel, The Atlantic, Euronews, New York Times, Daily Mail, BJP and more. This kind of publicity delivers important insights for a diverse audience beyond the industry. It also provides the opportunity for stories that have dropped off the radar to get back on the news agenda.
The nominees for the 8th annual Digital Storytelling Contest Awards were also announced in four categories of storytelling – immersive, innovative, long and short form. Check the stories out here.
Photo of the Year Nominees
My picks – while I’m not going to try and predict which of the above photos may win, the following photos are my picks in their respective categories.