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.


National Pictures of The Year 2016 – Rule Change


After careful consideration, the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) executive has decided to temporarily repeal the mandatory requirement for a photo story in the Photojournalist of the Year (PJOY) contest entry.

NPAC continually works to reflect the contemporary state of the industry. It was with this in mind that changes to this year’s National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) competition were made. We increased the maximum number of images from 12 to 18 in the PJOY entry and made it mandatory to include a picture story/essay. In the same spirit, we divided the Picture Story category into two categories, one for news and one for feature stories, and modernized the requirements for the Student Photographer of the Year category.
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2015 NPOY Student Photographer of the Year Nominees

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

Andrew Johnson, Loyalist College.
Zachary Prong, Loyalist College.
Jesse Winter, Carleton University.

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


Andrew Johnson

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2015 National Pictures of the Year Finalists



Vancouver, BC: Great photos tell stories. They transcend language and cultural barriers and speak to basic human nature. A great photo is a snapshot of time that can reveal the world’s most profound tales of heartbreak, joy and reality with one single image.

Today, the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) is pleased to recognize the excellence represented in submissions by 135 of Canada’s outstanding photojournalists in announcing the nominations in the ninth annual National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition.

More than 2,000 photographs along with 25 multimedia productions from across Canada were entered in this year’s competition, representing a spectacular body of work.

The 2015 NPOY judging committee was made up of some of the most prominent and visionary Canadian photojournalists. They were tasked with judging the entries during a live-streamed online event that was watched by photographers, students and the public.
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2015 NPOY Photojournalist of the Year Nominees

2015 NPOY Photojournalist of the Year – Sponsored by The Canadian Press
(Listed in alphabetical order)


Tyler Anderson – National Post

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