How I Got the Photo – Fred Lum

2016 NPOY PORTRAIT/ PERSONALITY, Finalist – Filmmaker Deepa Mehta is photographed in Toronto, September 7, 2016. Mehta’s film, “Anatomy of Violence”, looks at the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in 2012, aboard a bus in India. (Fred Lum / The Globe and Mail)

“You can’t take photographs here,” said condo security when they saw me looking around with my cameras.

“But I’m meeting a resident. . . ”

“Doesn’t matter.”

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How I Got the Photo – Cole Burston (Picture Story)

2016 NPOY PICTURE STORY NEWS, Finalist – Covering the Fort McMurray wildfires (Cole Burston / Independent for AFP)

Beyond the logistical nightmare of heading into a completely fluid and unpredictable situation, the Fort McMurray wildfire was a standout assignment for me.

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How I Got the Photo – Zachary Prong

2016 NPOY PORTRAIT/ PERSONALITY, Finalist – 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)


I met Khan Mohammed at Charahi Qambar, a camp for internally displaced persons on the outskirts of Kabul, in January of last year. I was there with my colleague Andrew Johnson and a local journalist named Qurban Mansoor Bakhtar.

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How I Got the Photo – Melissa Renwick (picture story)

2016 NPOY PICTURE STORY FEATURE, Finalist – Former Employees of the General Electric Plant in Peterborough, Ontario. (Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star)

For months, the Toronto Star’s work and wealth reporter, Sara Mojtehedzadeh, and I traveled between Toronto and Peterborough to document a group of former General Electric (GE) workers who had fallen ill from what they claimed to be prolonged exposure to a range of human carcinogens and toxic chemicals at their place of work.

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How I Got the Photo – Colin Horabin

2016 NPOY PICTORIAL, Finalist – A mature Bald Eagle fights with a juvenile Bald Eagle for a scrap of meat over the Sechelt Landfill near Sechelt, British Columbia, December 2016. (Colin Horabin)

This shot was taken as part of a personal long-term project on the Sechelt Landfill, which is up the coast from Vancouver, and its effect on the local wildlife.

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