How I Got the Photo – Martin Tremblay

2016 NPOY SOCIAL ISSUES, Finalist – A blind woman (foreground) is crowded with several other patients in a tent that serves as an extension to the cholera clinic of Les Cayes Hospital, Haiti, November 11, 2016. With 10,000 dead and 800,000 sick, cholera is wreaking havoc in Haiti. After six years of denying the evidence, the UN admitted in September 2016 that its own soldiers brought the disease to the island. (Martin Tremblay / La Presse)

The heat and odours were terrible in the tent heated by the scorching sun of Haiti. I was on the verge of asphyxiation but the process of photographing the patients made me forget for a while.

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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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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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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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