Three local photographers are among the winners of the 64th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, which were announced last night at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

The Battle for Hong Kong 1 one of the images from Chris McGrath’s winning portfolio. © Chris McGrath.

Chris McGrath of Getty Images took out two major awards, winning the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year and the Feature/Photographic Essay categories. His winning portfolio covered the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests against a controversial extradition bill, which have plunged the city into crisis after waves of demonstrations and several violent clashes since June 9. Click here to view his portfolio.   His Feature/Photographic Essay submission, titled “The End of the Caliphate” can be viewed here.

Matt Roberts of the ABC took out the News Photography award for “The Second Coming of Senator Lambie”  showing Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie entering Parliament House following a smoking ceremony to commemorate the opening of the 46th Parliament. After being disqualified in 2017’s dual-citizenship saga, Lambie was re-elected and now holds a crucial crossbench vote in the Senate.

Craig Golding of AAP added to the multiple awards he has received over the years, taking out the top position in the Sports Photography category with “Invictus Games 2018”, which shows Mark Ormrod making his way from the podium after winning gold for swimming, October 24, 2018.

A full list of this year’s winners can be found here.