2016 National Pictures of the Year Finalists

 

TOP PHOTOJOURNALISTS RECOGNIZED AT LARGEST PHOTOJOURNALISM COMPETITION IN CANADA

VANCOUVER, B.C.: In today’s embattled media landscape, a thriving photojournalism community is more important than ever.

The need for photojournalists to maintain high standards and impeccable ethics in their work is vital to a well-informed public. The aim of providing both accurate and honest work is the primary mandate of the News Photographers Association of Canada.

That calibre of work is evident in the more than 2,000 photographs and 22 multimedia productions submitted from across Canada to the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) 10th annual National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition. An NPAC panel of independent judges recently reviewed all the submissions from more than 100 Canadian photojournalists in 13 categories that included news, sports and social issues.

“We’re pleased to announce the finalists in what we see as a spectacular body of work that was done this past year,” says Ben Nelms, NPAC Vice President. “There’s no doubt that great photos tell stories. A great photo is a snapshot in time that can reveal a profound tale of heartbreak, joy and reality with a single image.”

The nominated photographs can be viewed online at www.npac.ca and as a featured exhibition during the Capture Photography Festival held at the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver from March 20 to April 14, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The images will also be exhibited as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in First Canada Place in Toronto from May 1-12, 2017. The opening reception in Toronto will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. Again, everyone is welcome to attend.
 
The winners of each category, along with the 2016 Photojournalist of the Year, 2016 Photograph of the Year, 2016 Student Photographer of the Year and 2016 Student Multimedia of the Year, will be announced during the 2016 National Pictures of the Year Gala event to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto. Tickets for the gala are available at NPAC.ca
 
The NPOY judging was live-streamed and can be viewed on NPAC’s YouTube channel.
 
“We believe live-streaming and recording the judging process allows for greater transparency as well as providing photographers the opportunity to learn from watching their work being judged,” said Nelms.

About NPAC:


NPAC celebrates and champions quality and ethical photography in journalism. Through a variety of efforts, the association challenges its members to better themselves and to continually raise the bar of industry standards.

NPAC is a national organization that includes more than 300 professional press photographers, independent photographers, photo editors and photojournalism students from across Canada.

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2016 NATIONAL PICTURES OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

(Nominees listed in alphabetical order)

 

 

 

Photojournalist of the Year – sponsored by The Canadian Press
(25 entries)

Mark Blinch / Independent
Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald
John Lehmann / The Globe and Mail
Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star

View the nominated portfolios.

 

Photograph of the Year
To be announced at the 2016 National Pictures of the Year Awards Gala on May 6, 2017, in Toronto.

 

Student Photographer of the Year – sponsored by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Chris Donovan / Loyalist College
Noah Park / Loyalist College
Andrew Ryan / Loyalist College

View the nominated portfolios.

 

General News – sponsored by the CNW Group
(99 entries)

Mark Blinch / Independent for Reuters – Ghomeshi Protestor
Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press – Search for Kevin Dilk
Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press – Bonfire at La Roche grave site

 

Spot News – sponsored by The Camera Store
(43 entries)

Amber Bracken / Independent for The Globe and Mail – Pipeline Protest
Cole Burston / Independent for AFP – Evacuee Centre at Fort McMurray Fire
Cole Burston / Independent for AFP – Rescue workers at Fort McMurray Fire
Rafal Gerszak / Independent for The Globe and Mail – Opioid Crisis

 

Feature – sponsored by the Winnipeg Free Press
(148 entries)

Lars Hagberg / Independent for The Canadian Press – Super Heroes outside hospital window
Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press – Eagle feasts on salmon
Edouard Plante-Frechette / La Presse – Iraqi Soldier in prayer

 

Sports Action – sponsored by Nikon
(106 entries)

Mathieu Belanger / for Getty Images – Boxing match
Jon Blacker / for MLB Photos – Donaldson slides home
Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald – Rodeo Bronc Stomp

 

Sports Feature – sponsored by Sony
(127 entries)

Darren Calabrese / Independent – CrossFit athlete Lindsay Hilton
Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press – UFC Fighter Garreth McLellan
Jean Levac / Ottawa Citizen – Bolt and de Grasse at Rio Olympics

 

Social Issues – sponsored by Fujifilm
(69 entries)

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press – Cannabis Smoker
Leah Hennel / Independent – Assisted Dying
Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star – GE former employee Roger Fowler
Martin Tremblay / La Presse – Haitian Cholera Outbreak

 

Portrait / Personality – sponsored by Beau Photo
(187 entries)

Tyler Anderson / Independent – Latch Akesuk
Peter Bregg / for Maclean’s – Zanib
Fred Lum / The Globe and Mail – Deepa Mehta
Zachary Prong / Independent – Khan Mohammed

 

Pictorial – sponsored by Canon
(114 entries)

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press – Tidal Pools
Colin Horabin / Independent – Eagles in Flight
Guillaume Nolet / Independent – Duck Hunters

 

Picture Story News – sponsored by Leica
(20 entries)

Amber Bracken / Independent for The Globe and Mail – Pipeline Protest
Cole Burston / Independent for AFP – Fort McMurray Fire
Jason Franson / The Canadian Press – Fort McMurray Fire
Edouard Plante-Frechette / La Presse – Mosul Iraqi

View the nominated news picture stories.

 

Picture Story Feature – sponsored by Leica
(43 entries)

Darren Calabrese / Independent – CrossFit athlete Lindsay Hilton
Giovanni Capriotti / Independent – Muddy York Rugby Football Club
Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald – The Lazy U Ranch
John Lehmann / The Globe and Mail – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star – Former Employees of General Electric

View the nominated feature picture stories.

 

Single Multimedia – sponsored by Vistek
(6 entries)
(Nominees listed in alphabetical order of title)

Abandoned at Birth – David Zelikovitz / Chatelaine
Boxer Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford – Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal
The Other Residential School Runaways – Nick Iwanyshyn / Maclean’s

View all the nominated multimedia.

 

Team Multimedia – sponsored by Thomson Reuters
(16 entries)
(Nominees listed in alphabetical order of title)

The Last Mambabatok
 Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Brent Foster / Foster Visuals
 Cinematography: Pawel Dwulit / Independent
 Cinematography: Preston Kanak / Independent
 Producer: Tammy Foster / Foster Visuals
 Title Sequences: Alon Isocianu

Mission of Mercy: Toronto surgeons treat burn victims on Bangladesh island
 Videographer: Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star
 Editor: Kelsey Wilson / Toronto Star
 Reporter: Marina Jimenez / Toronto Star

The Real Faces of ISIS
 Videographer: Peter Bregg / for Maclean’s
 Reporter: Sally Armstrong / Maclean’s
 Producer: Liz Sullivan / Maclean’s
 Editor: Liam Maloney / for Maclean’s

Trumpland: Luzerne County
 Filmed by Jake Naughton / for The Globe and Mail
 Edited by Melissa Tait / The Globe and Mail
 Reporting by Joanna Slater / The Globe and Mail
 Produced by Rachel Wine / The Globe and Mail
 Map by Trish McAlister / The Globe and Mail

View all the nominated multimedia.

 

Student Multimedia – sponsored by Nikon

(Nominees listed in alphabetical order)

Anissa Calma / Centennial College
Vivian Tabar / Loyalist College

View the nominated Student Multimedia.

 

West Clip Contest Winner – sponsored by Epson

Darryl Dyck / Independent

 

East Clip Contest Winner – sponsored by Loyalist College

To be announced.

 

 

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