2016 National Pictures of the Year Winners

 

Photograph of the Year
Khan Mohammed, a young boy who fled the fighting in Sangin, Helmand Province, shortly after his father was killed in January 2016 during fighting between  the Taliban and government forces, is now living in an IDP camp on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghan forces, backed by Western fighter planes and special forces had been struggling to repel a Taliban siege in Sangin for weeks. (Zachary Prong)

Toronto, Ontario: Canada’s top photojournalists have been awarded thousands of dollars in prize money at the 10th Annual National Pictures of the Year Awards (NPOY), held May 6th in Toronto, Ontario, by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC).

As the nation’s premier photojournalist competition, the NPOY is a testament to the ideal that photojournalism matters now more than ever. An esteemed panel of experts juried the hundreds of submissions and selected a total of 32 photographers who were honoured in16 different categories for images that stretched from the ranches of Alberta to the grasslands of Mongolia.

The NPOY recognizes the excellence of Canada’s outstanding photojournalists whose compelling images collectively represented a spectacular body of work in 2016.

For the second year in a row, Toronto Star photojournalist Melissa Renwick was named 2016’s Photojournalist of the Year taking the $2,000.00 cash award sponsored by The Canadian Press.

The other big winners were Zachary Prong for Photograph of the Year sponsored by SONY and Loyalist College graduate Chris Donovan who was named Student Photographer of the Year sponsored by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Each received a $1000.00 cheque.

Winners in the other categories were awarded $400.00 for first place, $200.00 for second place and $100.00 for third place. First place winners received a custom print by Canvas Plus of their winning image and all received an awards certificate.

The NPOY celebrates Canadian photojournalism being done by NPAC members worldwide. All the winning images and multimedia projects can be viewed on NPAC’s website (www.npac.ca) and at the non-profit’s exhibition in Toronto in the main lobby of First Canadian Place in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, Bay Street and King Street West. The exhibit is part of the city-wide ScotiaBank CONTACT festival and is ongoing until May 12, 2017. This exhibit is free to the public.

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The News Photographers Association of Canada’s 2016 National Pictures of the Year Winners:

 

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

Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star

 

Photograph of the Year – sponsored by Sony (Selected from all category first-place finishers)

Zachary Prong / Independent

Khan Mohammed, a young boy who fled the fighting in Sangin, Helmand Province, shortly after his father was killed in January 2016 during fighting between  the Taliban and government forces, is now living in an IDP camp on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghan forces, backed by Western fighter planes and special forces had been struggling to repel a Taliban siege in Sangin for weeks. (Zachary Prong)

 

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

Chris Donovan / Loyalist College

 

 

Single Images:

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Sports Action – sponsored by Nikon
(106 entries)

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

 

Sports Feature – sponsored by Sony
(127 entries)

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

 

Social Issues – sponsored by Fujifilm
(69 entries)

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

 

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

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

 

Pictorial – sponsored by Canon
(114 entries)

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

 

Picture Story News – sponsored by Leica
(20 entries)

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

View the News Picture Stories.

 

Picture Story Feature – sponsored by Leica
(43 entries)

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

View the Feature Picture Stories.

 

Single Multimedia – sponsored by Vistek
(6 entries)

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

View all the multimedia.

 

Team Multimedia – sponsored by Thomson Reuters
(16 entries)

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

HM. 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

View all the multimedia.

 

Student Multimedia – sponsored by Nikon

1. Vivian Tabar / Loyalist College
2. Anissa Calma / Centennial College

View the Student Multimedia.

 

West Clip Contest Winner – sponsored by Epson

Darryl Dyck / Independent

 

East Clip Contest Winner – sponsored by Loyalist College

Mark Blinch / Independent

 

 

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