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.
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2016 NPOY Student Photographer of the Year Nominees

The nominees for Student Photographer of the Year are (in alphabetical order):

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

The portfolios (below) include single images and picture stories.


Chris Donovan

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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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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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