2014 National Pictures of the Year Winners


Photograph of the Year: Michelle Siu
Oshawa, Ontario – November 9, 2014: Thalidomide victim Bernadette Bainbridge, 52, has seal-like hands, one ear, partial facial paralysis and is completely reliant on her elderly parents. During pregnancy, her mother took thalidomide which was once considered a “miracle drug” for pregnant women suffering insomnia and morning sickness. Thalidomide caused birth defects to an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 unborn babies worldwide. The Canadian government in 1991 gave its victims a one-time compensation payout of $52,000 to $82,000 per person, an insult to the now middle-aged victims. (Photo Michelle Siu)

VANCOUVER, May 9, 2015 – Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, documentation and ultimately as instruments of change. The 1,887 images submitted for consideration by Canada’s premier photojournalist competition, the National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards, 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 annual NPOY awards during the National Pictures of the Year Gala event in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 9, 2015.

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


The News Photographers Association of Canada’s 2014 National Pictures of the Year Winners Are:


Photojournalist of the Year – Sponsored by The Canadian Press

Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press


Photograph of the Year – Sponsored by The Globe and Mail

Michelle Siu, Independent


Student Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by SAIT

Annie Sakkab, Loyalist College




General News – Sponsored by CNW Group

1. Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press – Kathy Cirillo at funeral
2. Mark Blinch, for Reuters – RCMP Pallbearers
3. Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press – Cirillo Tribute on Overpass
HM. Mark Blinch, for Reuters – Mayor Ford Arrival
HM. Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press – Dr. Qamar Funeral


Spot News – Sponsored by The Camera Store

1. Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen – Fallen Soldier
2. Jenna Hauck, Chilliwack Progress – MVA
3. John Lehmann, The Globe and Mail – Pipeline Protest
HM. Cole Burston, for The Globe and Mail – Running Cop
HM. Jennifer Gauthier, Metro – Oppenheimer Park


Sports Action – Sponsored by Nikon

1. Mark Blinch, for Reuters – Sweden Goal
2. Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal – Lacrosse Leap
3. Mathieu Belanger, for Reuters – Syncronized Swimmer
HM. Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press – Tennis Leap
HM. Jean Levac, Ottawa Citizen – Toews Wrap Around


Sports Feature – Sponsored by Reuters

1. Vaughn Ridley, for Getty Images – Hockey Tutus
2. Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen – Team Photo
3. Derek Ruttan, London Free Press / QMI Agency – Hockey Popeye
HM. Bernard Brault, LaPresse – Goalie and Bat
HM. Ed Kaiser, Edmonton Journal – Snowboard Cross Jubilation


Feature – Sponsored by the Winnipeg Free Press

1. Peter Power, Independent – Innu Swing
2. Marta Iwanek, for the Toronto Star – Boys Playing
3. Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press – Chris Hadfield Airplane
HM. Andy Clark, Independent – Rainblossom Project
HM. Andrew Vaughan, The Canadian Press – Trudeau Punch


Pictorial – Sponsored by Canon

1. Daniel Hayduk, AFP – Construction Worker
2. Darren Calabrese, National Post – Steam Grate
3. Joe Bryksa, Winnipeg Free Press – Winter Tree
HM. Darryl Dyck, for The Canadian Press – Fog and Boat
HM. Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press – West Block Tower


Portrait / Personality – Sponsored by Beau Photo

1. Michelle Siu, Independent – Bernadette Bainbridge
2. Wendell Phillips, Independent – Debbie, 49
3. Michelle Siu, Independent – Farmer Charles Bradley
HM. Michelle Siu, Independent – Smoking Boy
HM. Michelle Siu, Independent – Teenage Parents


Social Issues – Sponsored by ONA

1. Tim Smith, Brandon Sun – Cheryl Mauthe PreOp
2. Kevin Van Paassen, The Globe and Mail – Kim Teske
3. Michelle Siu, Independent – Teen Mom
HM. Ruth Bonneville, Winnipeg Free Press – Coffin Hug
HM. Chris Young, for The Canadian Press – Homeless Palliative Cares


Picture Story – Sponsored by Leica

1. Michelle Siu, Independent – Farmer Charles Bradley, 94
2. Tim Smith, Brandon Sun – Cancer Patient Cheryl Mauthe
3. Tyler Anderson, National Post – Trapper William Tozer
HM. Michelle Siu, Independent – Guatemalan Teen Moms
HM. Kevin Van Paassen, The Globe and Mail – Kim Teske’s Choice

>View the winning picture stories.


Single Multimedia – Sponsored by Sony

1. Melissa Tait, Winnipeg Free Press – 104-Year-Old Swimmer
2. Guillaume Nolet, Independent – Most Of Us
3. Annie Sakkab, Independent – Hearts of Feather
HM. Marta Iwanek, for the Toronto Star – Chiara
HM. Annie Sakkab, Independent – To Be A Boy

>View the winning multimedia.


Team Multimedia – Sponsored by Vistek

1. Brent Foster, Tammy Foster, Gerald Mabee / Foster Visuals – The San Diego Highway Man
2. Ryan Jackson, Sam Brooks, Otiena Ellwand, Cailyn Klingbeil, Topher Sequin / Edmonton Journal – The Black Nightmare
3. Todd Korol, Melissa Renwick / for the Toronto Star – Digging for Dinosaurs
HM.Carla Antonio, Amanda Cheung, Dillan Cools, Maggie Naylor, Thomas Surian / Loyalist College Photojournalism 2nd Year – The Beacon of Hope
HM.Jimmy Jeong, Tiffany Brown Olson / for USA Today – Laughter from Pain

>View the winning multimedia.


2014 Eastern Clips Contest Winner – Sponsored by Loyalist College

Mark Blinch, Independent 


2014 Western Clips Contest Winner – Sponsored by Epson

Darryl Dyck, Independent




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