How I Got the Photo – Chad Hipolito

2015 NPOY GENERAL NEWS, Third Place – The bow of the Leviathan II, a whale-watching boat carrying 27 passengers and three crew members, capsized on Sunday killing six people after being hit by a rogue wave near Plover Reefs. The 20-metre vessel was towed to calmer waters near Vargas Island to wait for inspection in Tofino, B.C., October 27, 2015. (Chad Hipolito / for The Canadian Press)

It was Sunday dinner at Mom’s place with my wife when I got a call from The Canadian Press to cover a whale-watching boat that sunk near Tofino. People were on board and I needed to get there as soon as possible.
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How I got the photo – Annie Sakkab

2015 NPOY FEATURE, First Place – Sixteen-year-old Karli Martin (left), a Markham Mennonite, and her 15-year-old-sister Kayla enjoy having their hair down in the garden outside their home in Mapleton Township, Ontario, July 25, 2015. Teenage girls within the conservative Mennonite communities start to wear their hair up with a prayer veiling or covering at the age of 15. Typically at the age of 16 or 17, they choose between getting baptized and joining the church or leaving to pursue other lifestyle choices. Most women choose to stay and have a family. (Annie Sakkab)

I was hanging out with the sisters’ family all day for a story I was working on. It was my second day at their house. Around 3 pm, I told the mother I would be out sitting in the front garden to watch horses and carriages go by.
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2016 NPOY Judging

The judging of the 2016 National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) in Toronto on February 11, 2017, has concluded. The finalists will be announced in about 10 days. Winners will be announced in Toronto on May 6, 2017, during NPAC’s annual Photojournalism Conference.


The judges were:

Erin Elder

Erin’s career in photojournalism includes being the photo editor at The Globe and Mail for several years. Today, she works at developing, implementing and managing strategic digital partnerships that drive sales revenue, audience and content at the Globe and Mail. Erin is a passionate promoter of social documentary photography across all platforms.


Marcus Oleniuk

For the past 25 years, Marcus has travelled the world with his camera covering social issues, conflicts and politics. He has published several books and been involved with numerous exhibits and documentaries. His latest project explored the sense of identity and belonging among refugees and asylum seekers in Britain.


Setareh Sarmadi

Setareh worked for several years as a contributing photo editor at publications that include Canadian Business, Maclean’s and Sportsnet. She now is an art buyer (meaning images, folks) at Sid Lee, a creative service firm with offices around the world.


The moderator was Ric Ernst.

Video production by Ryan Jackson.


How I got the Photo – Martin Tremblay

NPOY 2015 PORTRAIT / PERSONALITY, Second Place – Is this the end of religion in Quebec? Priest Patrick Gnivo, from the Congo, will celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation in a church that will be almost empty, in Saint- Anne-des -Monts, Gaspé, Quebec, March 25, 2015. The number of Catholics continue to decline. Quebec priests are scarce. (Martin Tremblay / La Presse)
Est-ce la fin de la religion au Québec ? Le nombre de pratiquants ne cesse de décliner. Les prêtres québécois sont rares. Les diocèses doivent demander l’aide d’étrangers à la rescousse. Venu du Congo, le prêtre Patrick Gnivo s’apprête à célébrer le jour de l’Annonciation dans l’église, presque vide ce jour-là, de Saint-Anne-des-Monts en Gaspésie. (Martin Tremblay / La Presse)


It was not planned. I was on assignment in Gaspésie, a remote region of Quebec to document the migration of the population to urban centres.
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