Best of the press in frame

A SHACKLED Malcolm Naden flanked by police after seven years on the run, the bloodied and desperate faces of the Occupy Melbourne protesters, Australian soldiers playing a game of two-up in the sands of Afghanistan, a victorious Sally Pearson at London 2012, and a five-year-old boy having brain surgery.

These evocative images are among those on show at the Newcastle Region Library's Lovett Gallery as part of the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, which opens Monday and runs until April 20.

"The photographs capture many of the biggest events, sporting spectacles, news stories of the year and amazing people and places that readers would never have seen otherwise," library manager David Jenkins said.

Local studies librarian Sue Ryan spent about a week hanging the nearly 100 photographs on display, which give a glimpse into defining moments of 2012.

The exhibition will be formally launched next Friday by Dan Himbrechts, a finalist in the news photography category of the awards for his shots of Naden after his arrest in the Hunter Valley.

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