AS FAR as newspapers go, The Daily Examiner punches well above its weight considering the small team responsible for producing six issues a week - a rarity as far as regional publishing goes these days. It continues a tradition that began in 1859, a feat that sees the masthead retain its title of Australia's longest continuously running regional daily.

So it doesn't hurt to celebrate the talent behind the scenes occasionally, and this Friday night, our photographers will be in spotlight with the official launch of Special Edition: The Best of The Daily Examiner Photography 2014 at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

While many readers will be familiar with the work of our long-serving snappers Adam Hourigan and Debrah Novak, quite often those photographs don't get the artistic justice they deserve given they are likely to be surrounded by other distractions like headings, graphics and, let's face it, reproduced on disposable newsprint which, while it serves a purpose, is not the best platform for appreciating the finer details of their work.

HEART’S RACING: One of the images from Adam Hourigan’s Walkley Award-winning series. It is among news images from 2014 on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery.
HEART’S RACING: One of the images from Adam Hourigan’s Walkley Award-winning series. It is among news images from 2014 on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

But this Friday night you can come along and see a choice collection of those images from the 2014 news year like you've never seen them before - professionally printed grand 30 x 20 and 16 x 12 works on lustrous photographic paper, framed and matted by the gallery's master picture framer Ted Johnson.

This year's selection of newspaper images also features Adam Hourigan's photos that won a Walkley Award, an achievement pretty much like winning an Oscar in this country, and a major coup considering the deep pool of talent he was up against.

Adam will be giving a talk about those photographs and the rest of the exhibition at the official opening this Friday night from 5.30pm. Budding photographers are encouraged to come along and hear the finer aspects of just how Adam extrapolates an award-winning image from an everyday subject.

There will be four other exhibitions opening that evening, so drop by after work and enjoy a drink and some complimentary nibbles while you check out the wonderful works.



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