Canadian news photographers honoured – 2007 NPOY Winners

VANCOUVER, April 20 /CNW/ – The time has come to reward the creative and dramatic works that grace the pages of Canada’s news publications. These images are recognized for blending the best of traditional photographic skills with the imagination and expertise of the photographer who demonstrates an ability to capture a dramatic quality, theatrical grace, or poetry of motion, in a single image. This is the essence of classic journalistic tradition.


Picture Of The Year: Top hat in arch / Bernard Brault – La Presse


The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) is pleased to recognize the excellence represented in submissions by 123 of Canada’s most renowned photojournalists. NPAC is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition. More than 2,200 images from across Canada were entered in this year’s competition, representing a spectacular body of work. A prestigious panel of judges, including top North American photojournalists and photo editors, were tasked with judging the entries.


The winners are:


62 entries – Sponsored by Canwest News Service

1st – Conrad Black gives the finger / David Chidley – The Canadian Press
2nd – Cop hit by protestor’s sign / John Lehmann – The Globe and Mail
3rd – Water rescue / Sandi Krasowski – The Chronicle Journal (Thunder Bay)
Honourable Mention – Afghanistan war action / Louie Palu – ZUMA Press
Honourable Mention – Rescue from crushed car / Stuart Gradon – Calgary Herald


176 entries – Sponsored by CNW Group

1st – Free-trade protest arrest / Ryan Taplin – The Halifax Daily News
2nd – Father crying on coffin / Carlos Osorio – Toronto Star
3rd – Condoleeza Rice faces bloody protestor / Louie Palu – ZUMA Press
Honourable Mention – Mike Huckabee gets a shave / Andy Clark – Reuters
Honourable Mention – Highway of Heroes / Frank Gunn – The Canadian Press


221 entries- Sponsored by the Winnipeg Free Press

1st – Swinging soldier / Jason Franson – Edmonton Sun
2nd – Trees and skaters / Darryl Dyck – Edmonton Sun
3rd – Horse through a fence / John Lucas – Edmonton Journal
Honourable Mention – Swimmer / Tim Smith – Edmonton Sun
Honourable Mention – Rainy cityscape / Tyler Anderson – National Post


255 entries – Sponsored by Hello! Canada

1st – Top hat in arch / Bernard Brault – La Presse
2nd – Tattooed gang member smoking / John Lehmann – The Globe and Mail
3rd – Royal couple / Darren Calabrese – Guelph Mercury
Honourable Mention – Boy in a field / Leah Hennel – Calgary Herald
Honourable Mention – Kid in a hall / Christopher Pike – Brandon Sun


171 entries – Sponsored by Nikon

1st – Injury on ice / Ryan Pfeiffer – Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
2nd – Grey Cup touchdown / Tony Bock – Toronto Star
3rd – Formula 1 race crash / Jacques Boissinot – The Canadian Press
Honourable Mention – Boxing punch / Larry Wong – Edmonton Journal
Honourable Mention – Rodeo fall / Darryl Dyck – Edmonton Sun


115 entries – Sponsored by the Toronto Star

1st – High jumper / Jason Kryk – Windsor Star
2nd – Referee dumped / Richard Lam – The Canadian Press
3rd – Rainy cricket / Andy Clark – Reuters
Honourable Mention – Missing head / Brent Foster – National Post
Honourable Mention – Smiling hat / Bernard Brault – La Presse


150 entries

1st – Lightning and silo / Phil Hossack – Winnipeg Free Press
2nd – Foggy city / J.P. Moczulski – The Globe and Mail
3rd – Reflection in puddle / Jason Kryk – Windsor Star
Honourable Mention – Water drop / Derek Ruttan – The London Free Press
Honourable Mention – US flag & umbrella / Bernard Brault – La Presse


700 images / 64 entrants – Sponsored by Maclean’s

1st – Tatiana and Krista – Conjoined Twins / John Lehmann – The Globe and Mail
2nd – Kenadie Story – Primordial Dwarfism / Brent Foster – National Post
3rd – Johnathon Hatzis – Legless Wrestler / Peter Power – The Globe and Mail
Honourable Mention – Prayers of Ismail – Tuareg Nomad / Wendell Phillips – Freelance
Honourable Mention – Father Michael Bassano – HIV Hospice / Brent Foster – National Post


47 Entries – Sponsored by The Globe and Mail

1st – Walker Brown – Boy In The Moon / Peter Power – The Globe and Mail
2nd – A Farm Family / Charla Jones – The Globe and Mail
3rd – Joshua Sager – Homeless in Calgary / Brett Gundlock – Calgary Sun
Honourable Mention – Father Michael Barrsano – HIV Hospice / Brent Foster – National Post
Honourable Mention – Conrad Black / Lucas Oleniuk – Toronto Star
Honourable Mention – Johnathan Hatzis – Attitude is Everything / Peter Power – The Globe and Mail
Honourable Mention – Justice For The Dead / John Lehmann – The Globe and Mail



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Honourable Mention – Ian Willms.


2007 CANADIAN PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (based on a portfolio)
320 images / 32 entrants – Sponsored by The Canadian Press

Bernard Brault – La Presse


Sponsored by Reuters

Top hat in arch / Bernard Brault – La Presse


The photography judges

Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography – The Canadian Press.
Peter Bregg, Photo Editor/Photographer, Hello Magazine.
Bob Carroll, retired, Photo Editor, The Windsor Star.

The Judging Chief: Phill Snel, Deputy Photo Editor, National Post.


The Multimedia category judges

Jeff Peeler, Frantic Films.
Cecil Rosner, CBC.
John White, Winnipeg Free Press.


Images were submitted and judged in 12 different categories, including Canadian Photojournalist of the Year and Canadian Photograph of the Year. The winning images can be viewed at:

The winners were announced during NPAC’s annual National Pictures of the Year Gala event.

Over ten thousand dollars in prize money was awarded to the winning photojournalists. The 2007 Canadian Photojournalist of the Year and 2007 Canadian Photograph of the Year were each awarded a $2000.00 top prize (sponsored by The Canadian Press and Reuters, respectively). Other category winners received $500.00 for First Place, $200.00 for Second Place and $100.00 for Third Place.


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 professional and student photojournalists in Canada and they champion quality and ethical photography in journalism.



For further information:
Laura Ballance
Curve Communications
(604) 684-3170 ex. 109
(604) 771-5176 (cell)


John Woods, NPAC-NPOY Co-Chair


Joe Bryksa, NPAC-NPOY Co-Chair


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