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AAP photographers win top Walkleys

It was a great night for the AAP picture desk last night at the 2018 Walkley Awards, with two big wins and a nomination. 

An image captured by AAP photographer Lukas Coch of Labor MP Linda Burney being embraced by Liberal MP Warren Entsch on the floor of federal parliament following the passing of the same-sex marriage legislation has been chosen as the 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, Thursday, December 7, 2017. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

“Linda Burney Airborne" was chosen to represent a hero image for the year by the panel of judges at Thursday night's awards ceremony in Brisbane from all work submitted by photographers in the Nikon-Walkley photographic categories.

AAP photographer Craig Golding earned a nomination in the Sports photo of the Year category this year.

Also earning his first Walkley Award was fellow AAP photographer Dean Lewins, who took out the Press Photographer of the Year prize.

Here are the images from his winning portfolio, which speak for themselves.

A dead sheep on the dry and dusty fields of a failed crop near Parkes, Tuesday, August 14, 2018. New South Wales has been 100% drought declared. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during round four on day seven at the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, Sunday, January 21, 2018. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Genevieve Lacaze of Australia (centre) during the women's 3000m Steeplechase Final on day seven of competition at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Lindon Victor of Grenada during the Men's Decathlon Shot Put on day five of the XXI Commonwealth Games, at the Gold Coast, Australia, Monday, April 9, 2018.  AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Some of the more than 45,000 sheep being sold at the Central West Livestock Exchange sale yards in Forbes, Tuesday, August 14, 2018. With New South Wales 100% drought declared farmers are off loading their stock in record numbers. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Black Jack leads the fleet down the coast following the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race in Sydney, Tuesday, December 26, 2017. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Australia's Josh Hazlewood catches England's Alastair Cook for 14, caught and bowled, on Day 4 of the Third Test match between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth, Sunday, December 17, 2017. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Angus Young waits to place a guitar in the hearse as they load the casket of his brother AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young following his funeral at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Malcolm along with his brother Angus Young founded the iconic rock group AC/DC. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Former Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer is pursued down the street by the media as he leaves Burwood Local Court after being granted bail in Sydney, Monday, November 20, 2017. Mehajer was arrested over night after breaching an AVO but was granted bail this afternoon. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Australia's Tim Cahill points to his wrist in a gesture indicating time after the final whistle during their final FIFA World Cup group match against Peru at Fisht Stadium during the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Sochi, Russia. Tim Cahill has called time on his illustrious Socceroos career. Australia's leading international goalscorer confirmed he has retired from international football after scoring 50 goals in 107 caps. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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