Library exhibitions showcase the emotional power of photography

10 Dec 2018

Moving snaps of local legend Kurt Fearnley with children in a Palestinian refugee camp and a rare cross-aisle celebration of last year’s marriage equality bill are among scores of stunning photographs on display at Newcastle Region Library until the end of the summer school holidays.
Two exhibitions, Home, Dignity, Justice and the 2018 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Awards, showcase the power of photographic imagery in communicating human struggle, dignity and joy.

Newcastle Cr Carol Duncan said it was a pleasure for Newcastle Region Library and the City to present these two exhibitions to the community.
"Home, Dignity, Justice is a photographic retrospective of the Australian Human Rights Commission that celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and raises awareness of human rights issues through beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking images,” Cr Duncan said.
"The Nikon-Walkley exhibition shows the biggest news stories of the past year through the lenses of Australia's best press photographers. Images are included across a wide range of genres, from news and sport to portraiture and photographic essays."


Home, Dignity, Justice Exhibition

Home, Dignity, Justice celebrates stories from Australia and around the world in a retrospective exhibition of entries by children and adults to the Human Rights Commission’s photography competitions.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which emerged in response to the horrors of the Second World War, was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948.

The Library's program of activation events, developed in collaboration with the community, includes author talks, film and discussion forums, and workshops for various age groups with a focus on human rights and encouragement for everyone to #standup4humanrights.

Home Dignity Justice is a community collaboration that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
2018 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition

The biggest stories of the past year seen through the lenses of Australia’s best press photographers are on show in the 2018 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition at Wallsend Library.
Highlights include “Linda Burney Airborne” by AAP photographer Lukas Coch, which won the 2018 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year prize. It captures a moment of celebration after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill, when Labor MP Linda Burney crossed party lines to be hoisted aloft by Liberal MP Warren Entsch on the floor of Parliament.
Dean Lewins was named the 2018 Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year at the Walkley Awards on 22 November. His body of work of news and sports images also appears alongside all this year’s Walkley-winning photographs and finalists.
As the highest honour in Australian journalism, the Walkley Awards celebrate excellence across all media.
The Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism recognise the work of photographers across a range of genres – from news and sport to portraiture and photographic essays.
Home, Dignity, Justice Exhibition
Newcastle Library, Lovett Gallery
On until 25 January 2019
2018 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition
Wallsend Library
10 December 2018 to 28 January 2019

Image captions:

Top: Inspirational, 2011 by Denise McArthur
Novocastrian Kurt Fearnley, world champion and Paralympian, visited Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria.
Featured in the Home, Dignity, Justice Exhibition

Above: Linda Burney Airborne, 2017, by Lukas Coch AAP, Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year
Liberal MP Warren Entsch lifts up Labor MP Linda Burney as they celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, December 7 2017.
Featured in the 2018 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition