Dion Georgopoulos finalist for visual storytelling in The Canberra Times

Canberra timetables Photojournalist Dion Georgopoulos has been recognized for his efforts in recording human interest stories during lockdown.

Georgopoulos, 26, is a finalist for the John B Fairfax Family’s Young Australian Journalist of the Year awards, part of the Walkley Foundation’s mid-year celebration of journalism.

The award category recognizes outstanding efforts by journalists aged 28 or younger includes work judged by peers and selected on the basis of journalistic excellence and originality.

Walkley Foundation CEO Shona Martyn said the level of enrollment was incredibly impressive. Stories about the war in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and the fallout from the pandemic each received numerous entries.

Georgopoulos is a finalist in the visual storytelling category for his work creating Tthe Canberra Times lockdown hotlineallowing people to record their feelings and observations during the COVID lockdown.

He organized the voices each week and presented them in an online video format.

Georgopoulos said he was “super excited” to be a finalist, especially for a project that aimed to allow people to honestly record their reactions to the lockdown.

“I am really delighted to have been chosen among all the works that would have been submitted to the competition. It means a lot,” he said.

Briana R. Cross