Brendan Esposito has been named the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year for a powerful body of work spanning Ukraine and Australia for the ABC.

One of the moving images shot by ABC photographer, Brendan Esposito, in Ukraine, which won him this year’s Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year award. © Brendan Esposito.

The winners were announced last night at an event in Sydney where the chair of the Walkley Judging Board, Michael Brissenden, praised the range and depth of this year’s winning entries, which must have been published, broadcast or televised in Australia in the 12 months from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022. Other winners in imaging-related categories included Cameron Spencer from Getty Images, who took out the award for Sport Photography with his image “Sport is Back!”; Natalie Grono of The Saturday Paper and Surfing World Magazine, who won the News Photography category for the image “Peter takes a moment”, which was taken just after the Lismore floods and Kate Geraghty from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, who won the Feature/Photographic Essay award for “Invasion of Ukraine – Civilian Impact”. Ryan Sheridan from ABC Four Corners, was awarded the top prize for camera work for “Despair and Defiance” and “Feral” and Gold Walkley awards went to Anne Connolly, Ali Russell and Stephanie Zillman, who worked on the ABC Four Corners program “State Control”.