Polish born, Australian raised Jake Nowakowski is an award winning photographer with over 20 years experience in the news industry.
With an eye for design from his early years as a graphic designer, Jake pursued his passion for photography and switched to photojournalism in 2003. 
He’s since worked for numerous publications across Australia in both freelance and full time capacities, including the past decade as staff photographer at the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne.


Awards & Exhibitions

2022 - Walkley Awards. Finalist. Feature / Photographic Essay - Superheroes in Lockdown.

2021 - Quill Awards. Finalist. Photographic Feature - A Bugs Life.

2021 - Walkley Awards. Finalist. News Photography - Extinction Rebellion.

2020 - Quill Awards. Finalist. News Photography - Anti-Lockdown

2020 - HeadOn Photo Festival. Solo Exhibition- Neo Pride.

2020 - HeadOn Photo Festival. Group Exhibition - Paper Tigers.

2020 - HeadOn Photo Festival. Group Exhibition - Landscape selection.

2019 - HeadOn Photo Festival. Group Exhibition - Camera phone selection.

2019 - Australian Photography Awards. Highly commended - Documentary. Highly commended - Portrait. Honourable mention - Portrait. Honourable mention  - Aerial.

2019 - News Media Awards. Winner. Photographic essay - Victoria's Forgotten Drought.

2019 - Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Semi Finalist.

2017 - Walkley Awards. Finalist. Feature / Photographic Essay - Rise of the Right.

2016 - Quill Awards. Winner. News Photography. Moomba Gang Riot.

2016 - Walkley Awards. Finalist. News Photography. Moomba Gang Riot.

2011 - QLD Multimedia Awards. Winner. Portrait Photography - Sikh Wrestler.

2007 - Clarion Awards. Finalist. Rural News Photography.

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