How I Got the Photo – Edouard Plante-Fréchette

2016 NPOY FEATURE, Finalist – An Iraqi soldier prays on November 18, 2016, while nearby combat is still raging on the eastern front of the battle against the Islamic State in the district of Kirkukly in Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State took control of the city of Mosul in June, 2014, defeating an unprepared Iraqi Army. Efforts to reclaim the city started in October 2016. (Edouard Plante-Frechette / La Presse)

This image was taken on the eastern front line of the war opposing the Iraqi Army and the Islamic State in Mosul. A soldier pauses, puts down his riffle and removes his sweater to use it as a rug for one of his daily prayers to Allah.

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How I Got the Photo – Jean Levac

2016 NPOY SPORTS FEATURE, Finalist – Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse (L) and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt tease each other after running in the men’s 200m semifinal at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, August 17, 2016. (Jean Levac / Ottawa Citizen)

I’m lucky to have been in Beijing and London for Bolt’s gold medals. I never thought that Rio would give us a bromance with a Canadian!

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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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