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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How I Got the Photo – Lars Hagberg

2016 NPOY FEATURE, Finalist – Luke Carter, 7 years old, waves to Spiderman, Iron Man and Batman as the ‘super heroes’ clean windows at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario, August 2, 2016. (Lars Hagberg / The Canadian Press)

First, I was only going to cover the story from outside the hospital but we managed to get permission from a Kingston General Hospital public relations person to go inside. She took us up to the paediatric floor where we had to wait until several kids arrived in the common room.

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How I Got the Photo – Peter Bregg

2016 NPOY PORTRAIT / PERSONALITY, Finalist – Zanib, who escaped three times from ISIS, at the Yazidi refugee camp Khanke outside Duhok, Iraq, July 26, 2016. Zanib did not give her last name or want her face visible because female relatives are still captive. She is one of the 2,600 girls and women who have escaped; 3,200 others are still missing after being kidnapped during the August 3, 2014, attack by ISIS. (Peter Bregg / Maclean’s)

I used a Nikkor 24-70mm zoom on this shoot.  ISO: 400   Aperture: 2.8  Shutter: 1/60

Zanib happened to pass by this spot where she is shown and I found the light perfect for the mood I was hoping to illustrate. I took the shot and showed it to her to prove her face was not visible. I then asked her to stand still to make a sharper image.

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