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February East Clip Results
« on: July 20, 2016, 11:27 PM »

Chad Surmick, Director of Photography, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Kent Porter, Senior Photographer, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Beth Schlanker, Staff Photographer, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Judges’ comments follow category heads.


Judges felt this was one of the stronger categories, several images could have placed, but attention to cropping may have helped several images place in the top three. The seagull picture was nicely done.  Simple and clean.  Second place garnered discussion, but seemed to be the best of the graphic photos entered in the category.  Third was the was the better of two toboggan photos, but because of the saucer and girl flying through the air, it won out over the canoe/toboggan.

1. Bernard Brault - La Presse

A flock of seagulls takes flight on the Clearwater beach in Florida during a nice and sunny day. February 27, 2016.

2. Bernard Brault - La Presse

A solo skier glides in the glades of Mont Sutton during a snowstorm. February 22, 2016.

3. Ali Pearson - Freelance

Flying Saucer: Hailey Milner, 8, catches some air on mogels on Finn Hill Saturday Janaury 30th, 2016. (Published in February).

Spot News

Very weak category.  Only two awards given.  First place of an ice rescue /search was the clear winner.  Second place of a stabbing scene could have used cropping to make a better impact.

1. Nick Iwanyshyn - Maclean’s Magazine

January 18, 2016 -  Members of the York Regional Police Marine Unit search a Markham, Ontario, pond for the body of Taneesha Brown who had been missing since January 12. The body, presumed to be that of Taneesha Brown, was discovered between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

2. Nick Iwanyshyn - Maclean’s Magazine

February 7, 2016 - Members of the York Regional Police setup following an overnight stabbing at 120 Interchange in Vaughan.


Another very weak category, but the two winners rose to the top fairly quickly.  Captions really helped both of these images.  We did not award a third place, simply because the images lacked a certain amount of visual information. Quiet moments to be sure, good daily photos, but not award winners.

First place media scrum of the man accused of sexual assault was better than a tight image of him getting out of the car; it gave more information and gave a sense of place.
Second place was a nice moment between a defib patient and his rescuers. 

1. Mark Blinch - Freelance

Jian Ghomeshi (C), a former celebrity radio host who has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, arrives for his first day of court, in Toronto, February 1, 2016. Ghomeshi, 48, former host of the internationally syndicated music and arts program Q on Canadian Broadcasting Corp radio,  is pleading not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, according to local media reports.   

2. Kenneth Armstrong - Freelance

David Nicholson shows his implantable cardioverter defibrillator to John Callahan and Matthew Hickey — the paramedics who saved his life last November — during a meeting today at the Regional Emergency Services Complex. January 21, 2016.


Another strong category.  First place of hoops above the rim was compelling with a very clean and graphic background. Second place of a Hockey jube was different, but could have been cropped to make more of an impact.  Third of a hockey fight was the better of two, the action and sense of place won out. Honorable mention of the wrestling showed good faces on the girls. with good lens selection.

1. Mark Blinch - Freelance

Team United States Jabari Parker dunks the ball while playing against Team World during second half NBA rising stars all-star basketball action in Toronto on Friday, February 12, 2016.

2. Bernard Brault - La Presse

Montreal Canadiens  P.K. Subban scored a goal in the second period while the crowd cheers him against the Edmonton Oiliers at the Bell Center.

3. Patrick Woodbury - Le Droit

Braydon Coburn et Chris Neil se sont livré à un solide combat en deuxième période à Ottawa. LeDroit 08-02-16

H.M. Kenneth Armstrong - Freelance

Brock University's Kristina McLaren holds Jade Papke of University of Guelph during their gold medal match in the 51kg category during the 2016 OUA Wrestling Championships in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. February 13, 2016.


Strong category, all three images consisted of good thinking, use of light, framing and rule of thirds.  First place of the portrait through the helmet, while done before, has good composition, framing and a clean background with good information.  Second place was a meatier portrait, nicely done, but a few distracting elements. Small elements to be sure, but when the photos are this close you have to make a decision!

Third place of the NBA agent was nicely lit, toned and framed.  We did notice though that captions included "poses for a portrait" We think it's obvious that these people are posing for us, but the information included in the captions suffices without mentioning 'poses'.  Just a thought.

1. Mark Blinch - Freelance

Toronto, Ontario - February 9, 2016 -- CEO for a Day --  Student Alyssa Spagnolo (R) poses with CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge photographed from inside a football helmet, during the "CEO for the Day" event at the CFL offices in Toronto, Wednesday February 9, 2016.

2. Carlos Osario - Toronto Star

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 1  -  Jesse Dempster, who goes by the name Nixxon, poses for a photograph in Toronto on   February 1, 2016.
He's a rapper and former partner of the Weeknd. The Weeknd could be a defining presence at both the Grammys and Oscars. A look at the man and city that shaped him.

3. Mark Blinch - Freelance

Toronto, Ontario - February 2, 2016 -- NBA Agent Gary Durrant --  Newly certified NBA Agent Gary Durrant poses for a picture at the St Clements School in Toronto, Tuesday, February 2, 2016.


Judges felt that both the stories entered lacked strong moments, details and variety.  The photos, while good on their own, did not tell a story. No awards given


Mark Blinch
Bernard Brault
Carlos Osario
Ryan Pfeiffer
Justin Tang
Ali Pearson
Ken Armstrong
Nick Iwanyshyn
Patrick Woodbury

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