Stieven-Taylor named a Walkley award judge

A patient lies dead on the operating table of Operating Theatre 3, inside the Operating Theatre wing of the main outpatient department building of the MSF Kunduz Trauma Center, following the October 3 attack by an American AC-130 gunship on the hospital in which, as of October 25, 30 individuals had been confirmed killed, including staff, patients and others (possibly patient carers).
The Man on the operating table. Picture: Andrew Quilty

Monash PhD student Alison Stieven-Taylor is one of the five judges in this year’s 2016 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism.

The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism are Australia’s most prestigious journalism awards.

Finalists are selected by eminent journalists and photographers and overall winners judged by the Walkley Advisory Board. The winners will be announced at a gala event in Brisbane on 2nd December.

“It is an honour to be invited to judge the Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism,” Alison said.

“I have written about photojournalism for the past decade and it is the focus of my PhD. There were so many amazing entries for this year’s awards demonstrating the incredible work that is being done by Australian photojournalists around the world.”

On 13th October the finalists for Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism were announced along with the 2016 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year, which was won by Andrew Quilty for “The Man on The Operating Table”.

The image was shot by Quilty inside the Médecins Sans Frontières Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan, following the October 3, 2015, attack by an American AC-130 gunship on the hospital in which 42 were killed, including MSF staff, patients and patient carers.

The arresting image was a clear standout for the judges.

You can see the finalists in this year’s photojournalism category here.

You can see Alison’s work on her blog Photojournalism Now.