2015 National Pictures of the Year Winners


Photograph of the Year
Native demonstrator Pierre George is engulfed in flames during a protest march at the entrance to the former Camp Ipperwash near Kettle Point, Ontario, September 20, 2015. At the end of the peaceful march, intended to bring elders of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nations to their former home, some residents of the camp set a small fire to stop others from entering the area and to signify the return of the land from the government. George’s brother, Dudley George, was shot and killed by an Ontario Provincial Police sniper during an occupation of Camp Ipperwash in 1995. (Craig Glover / The London Free Press)

VANCOUVER, April 23, 2016 – Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, documentation and, ultimately, as instruments of change.

Over 2,000 images were submitted to Canada’s premier photojournalist competition, the National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards. This is a testament to the ideal that photography matters now more than ever.

After careful consideration by a panel of experts, the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) is pleased to announce the winners of its tenth annual NPOY awards during the National Pictures of the Year Gala event in Toronto, Ontario, on April 23, 2016.

These awards recognize the excellence of Canada’s outstanding photojournalists whose compelling images collectively represented a spectacular body of work.

About the National Pictures Of The Year Awards:

The National Pictures Of The Year awards competition was created by NPAC to recognize excellence in Canadian photojournalism. NPAC is a volunteer-run, non-profit association comprised of Canadian professional and student photojournalists and photo editors who champion quality and ethical photography in journalism.

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2015 NPOY Student Photographer of the Year Nominees

The nominees for Student Photographer of the Year are (in alphabetical order):

Andrew Johnson, Loyalist College.
Zachary Prong, Loyalist College.
Jesse Winter, Carleton University.

The portfolios (below) include single images and picture stories.


Andrew Johnson

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Generation Ayotzinapa – Diambra Mariani and Francesco Mion

The kidnapping of 43 students of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, on September 26, 2014, marked the beginning of the awareness, not only by Mexican students, but also by the international community of the current political situation in Mexico.
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2015 National Pictures of the Year Finalists



Vancouver, BC: Great photos tell stories. They transcend language and cultural barriers and speak to basic human nature. A great photo is a snapshot of time that can reveal the world’s most profound tales of heartbreak, joy and reality with one single image.

Today, the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) is pleased to recognize the excellence represented in submissions by 135 of Canada’s outstanding photojournalists in announcing the nominations in the tenth annual National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition.

More than 2,000 photographs along with 25 multimedia productions from across Canada were entered in this year’s competition, representing a spectacular body of work.

The 2015 NPOY judging committee was made up of some of the most prominent and visionary Canadian photojournalists. They were tasked with judging the entries during a live-streamed online event that was watched by photographers, students and the public.
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