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Kennedy Awards: Sydney Morning Herald photographers nominated


Two Sydney Morning Herald photographers have been named on a shortlist of nominees for this year’s Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW Journalism.

Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen, both based at Fairfax Media’s federal politics bureau in Canberra, are nominated in the categories of outstanding news photo and outstanding portrait, respectively.

The portrait of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce that sealed Alex Ellinghausen's nomination in the Kennedy Awards.
The portrait of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce that sealed Alex Ellinghausen’s nomination in the Kennedy Awards. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Meares received his nomination for a series of photographs taken after the Paris terror attacks in November last year.

In particular, one photo – of a man’s face seen through a bullet hole left in glass – made an impression on the Kennedy judging committee.

Andrew Meares' snap from the Paris attacks that has been nominated in the news photo category.
Andrew Meares’ snap from the Paris attacks that has been nominated in the news photo category.  Photo: Andrew Meares

Ellinghausen’s nomination was for a portrait of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, published in April this year.

Mr Joyce can be seen grinning against a darkened sky as he wears his hat tipped over his eyes.

The nominations were announced on Thursday night, and the two photographers’ works will be displayed for two weeks as part of the Power of the Lens exhibition at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

For the first time, there will also be a people’s choice award; the will be announced at the Kennedy Awards on August 12 at Royal Randwick.

Fairfax Media photographer Alex Ellinghausen.
Fairfax Media photographer Alex Ellinghausen. Photo: Supplied

Simon Dulhunty, chairman of the Kennedy Foundation, said: “The images we have received as entries in all pictorial categories are simply stunning.

“They are moving, powerful, beautiful and reflective of the talent that ranks Australia as world leaders in all visual media.”

Fairfax Media photographer Andrew Meares.
Fairfax Media photographer Andrew Meares. Photo: Supplied

The Kennedy Awards are named for veteran Sydney Morning Herald crime reporter Les Kennedy, who died in 2011.



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