Jim Fenwick

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Jim Fenwick
Born (1934-10-11) 11 October 1934 (age 82)
Brisbane, Queensland

Jim Fenwick (born 11 October 1934) is a former Australian photojournalist most well known for being a Walkley Award recipient and former chief photographer for The Courier Mail.

Photographic career[edit]

Fenwick was born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1934 and moved to Margate in 1942, where he attended Humpybong State School from 1942 to 1948.[1]

Fenwick began his photographic career at the age of 16 with a job at The Courier Mail, eventually rising to become that newspaper's chief photographer in 1974, a position which he held until his retirement in 1994. He was also their pictorial editor for eight years (1984–1991). As a representative of News Limited newspapers, Fenwick covered the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. In 1992, Fenwick became a war correspondent with the Australian Army in Somalia.

Fenwick wrote the foreword for the 1990 book Brisbane Our Town – A Century of Photographs by Helen Dash.[2]

In 2006 and 2007, he was chosen to judge the Australian Council for Agricultural Journalists' Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.[3][4]

The Redcliffe Museum presented an exhibition of Fenwick's photos during March and April 2007.[5] This was the first time his work has been exhibited as a complete collection.


Fenwick has won many awards, including the prestigious Walkley Award for Best News Picture in 1965, for his images of the vessel Kopjan Neilson as it lay capsized in Moreton Bay.[1] He has also been awarded Australian Photographer of the Year (1980), Nikon's International Best Series of Pictures and the International Sports Press Association's World's Best Black and White Picture (1977).[5]

In addition to these, a special Walkley award was given to Fenwick in 1994, in honour of his years of service to Australian photojournalism.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1957, Fenwick married June Enchelmaier. He has three children,[1] eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He and his wife currently reside in Redcliffe, Queensland. He has two sisters: Marsha Waggoner, a professional poker player who lives in the United States, and Billie Kruithof.


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