How I Got the Photo – Giovanni Capriotti

2016 NPOY PICTURE STORY FEATURE Finalist – A profile of the Muddy York Rugby Football Club, Toronto’s only inclusive gay rugby team. (Giovanni Capriotti)

I met the Muddy York Rugby Football Club (RFC) for the first time in 2010, during the Pride and Remembrance Run in Toronto. I immediately became curious about the inclusive gay rugby team. I thought about the team again in the Fall of 2014 during the third semester of my photojournalism studies at Loyalist College. One of the assignments was to provide three story ideas per week for Patti Gower‘s class.
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2016 NPOY – Call for Student Entries

Student entries for the 2016 National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) will be accepted from March 15 to April 15, 2017. The winner of Student Photographer of the Year, sponsored by SAIT, will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winner of Student Multimedia of the Year, sponsored by Nikon, will receive $500.

Winners will be announced at the NPOY Gala, May 6, 2017, at the Thompson Landry Gallery in the Distillery District, Toronto.
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How I Got the Photo – Jon Blacker

2016 NPOY SPORTS ACTION Finalist – Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays slides home past Texas Rangers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 3 in the ALDS, clinching the series at Rogers Centre on October 9, 2016, in Toronto, Canada. (Jon Blacker / MLB Photos)

This image was made during Game 3 of the American League Division Series (ALDS).  The game was tied in the 6th inning and we were now in the bottom of the 10th.
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How I Got the Photo – Mark Blinch

2016 NPOY GENERAL NEWS, Finalist – A shirtless demonstrator is detained by police while protesting the “not guilty” verdict that an Ontario judge gave former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi on four sexual assault charges and one count of choking, in Toronto, March 24, 2016. (Mark Blinch / Reuters)

Covering the Jian Ghomeshi trial in Toronto was always difficult. That particular day was supposed to be the final verdict on his sexual assault trial. Many camera operators, photographers and journalists were preparing for a major scrum.
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2016 National Pictures of the Year Finalists



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.”
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