Best News Photograph

Jason Sammon
Herald Sun

Jason Sammon of the Herald Sun has won the Quill for Best News Photograph.

Judges' statement

This image epitomises what all great news pictures are about. That is to capture the moment using sharp reflexes and having a little bit of luck to capture the incident in frame. It is rare to see a pure news photo of this kind these days.

Highly commended

Highly commended for the award were Justin McManus of The Age and David Caird, Herald Sun.

Judges' statements

An amazingly surreal image of a large country home gutted by fire but still standing. Justin McManus showed the home in all its vibrant colour while also capturing the incredible scene of including thousands of stars in the night sky above.

A truly happy news photo depicting a child with a most unusual pet. It's difficult to get a different image at a press call, but David Caird captured this unique shot by using his initiative to find a different angle and shoot Charlie wrestling with a baby alligator.

Winning entry