Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 30 April 2021

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the 2020 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography exhibition is on show in Geelong. Plus entries open for the Head On Photo Awards 2021 on 1 May with a prize pool of over $70,000. For those in the US, former National Geographic photo editor Molly Roberts is hosting a workshop for SouthxSouthEast during the Slow Exposure Photo Festival in Concord, Georgia in September. And for Robert Frank fans, check out Brigitte Ollier’s article in Blind.


2020 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography

Behind the Scenes at the Royal Melbourne Hospital ICU and COVID wards. Nurse Laura Keily many COVID patients die, contracted COVID and has returned to work to care for patients in the COVID Ward 9 East. Laura holds the hand of a COVID patient replacing their relative support (C) David Caird

Focal Point Gallery in Geelong has secured the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition for the third consecutive year. The winning images in the 2020 competition reflect a year like no other when the catastrophic bushfires that marred the Australian landscape were followed by a global pandemic. Racial inequality and human rights protests made headlines too, as did acts of heroism and moments of unspeakable tragedy. Through it all, Australian photojournalists were on the frontlines.

May McKeown is covered in flies as she leans on the door of her truck after feeding her remaining cattle in a paddock a drought-affected paddock on her property of ‘Long View’ on October 6, 2019, located near the town of Come By Chance, in Australia. 80-year-old May McKeown has lived alone on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of ‘Long View’, located around 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney, for most of the last 15 years. McKeown’s family has been farming in the northwest corner of New South Wales state since the late 19th century. Her son Johnnie recently returned to the farm after working for many years abroad, bringing in a valuable income to keep the farm running. May inspects the property daily, carrying bales of hay to hand-feed her cattle. She says she constantly wonders when this current devastating drought affecting the flat north-west plains will end, adding that this year they have only received less than 400mm, and the last ‘decent’ rain the property received was nearly a decade ago – in 2010. (C) David Gray/Getty Images.

Firestorm. From the winning series by Nick Moir, Sydney Morning Herald, Feature/Photographic Essay
A kangaroo rushes past a burning house in Lake Conjola, where thousands of tourists were stranded after a bushfire tore through the seaside town on New Year’s Eve. NSW, Australia. Tuesday the 31st December 2019 (C) Matthew Abbott
22/05/20 11:09 am, Williamstown. Robyn Becker is in the final stages of terminal breast and gastric cancer and was told last week she could only have hours to live. Her sister Jennifer flew from California to Melbourne to be with her but is quarantined for two weeks. She has been given special leave from the hotel to be with her for an hour a time. “Each visit, our time is cut short and it’s devastating” says Robyn. Jennifer understands the necessity of the quarantine but says that there could be some flexibility for those in palliative care, “I want to be with her, I want talk to her, I want to hold her hand, comfort her and hug her” Robyn would sadly pass away on July 10th, seven weeks later. (C) Christopher Hopkins The Age

Until May 30

Focal Point Gallery 46 Douro St, North Geelong (Wed to Sun).


Picturing Self & Others – Molly Roberts

“There is a long and lovely history of portraiture, including self-portraiture, dating to the very dawn of photography,” says Molly Roberts, an award winning visuals editor, independent curator and documentarian who has worked with the Washington Post Magazine, USA Weekend, Smithsonian and National Geographic.

“In this workshop we will view and discuss photographing ourselves and others…Emerging from our recent experiences of self isolation, we will bring new realizations to the practice of the portrait.”

The workshop features one on one feedback and participants can use any photographic medium.

Picturing Self and Others: Portrait and Self-Portrait Workshop with Molly Roberts

September 16th and 17th SxSE Gallery Molena, Georgia. Part of the SlowExposure PhotoFestival in Concord, Georgia, September 17, 18, 19.

Gloria’s Hands (C) Molly Roberts

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