How I Got the Photo – Jonathan Hayward

2016 NPOY GENERAL NEWS, Finalist – A fire burns to melt the ground so a grave can be dug at the cemetery in La Loche, Saskatchewan, January 25, 2016. The graves are being prepared for some of the victims of the shooting on January 22 where a seventeen-year-old boy allegedly shot and killed four people. (Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press)

When news broke that there was a shooting at a school in La Loche, northern Saskatchewan, I knew that I had to get there asap. The picture desk in Toronto got our Winnipeg stringer on the road right away knowing that I was at least a day or more away from getting to the isolated town.

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How I Got the Photo – Darren Calabrese

2016 NPOY PICTURE STORY FEATURE, Finalist – CrossFit athlete Lindsay Hilton. (Darren Calabrese)

The project with Lindsay Hilton began after I had seen a local story about one of her workout videos going viral. That story was a straightforward news item, but I was interested in learning more about her as a person rather than just an athlete. Also, I was keeping an eye out for something to work on that would keep me in/near Halifax as my wife and I were expecting the birth of our second child.

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How I Got the Photo – Edouard Plante-Fréchette (picture story)

2016 NPOY PICTURE STORY NEWS, Finalist – Account from the combat in Mosul, Iraq, against the Islamic State. In October 2016, the Iraqi Army began a campaign to reclaim the city in control by the Islamic State since June 2014. (Edouard Plante-Fréchette / La Presse)

In 2014, the Islamic State took control of a large territory in Syria and Iraq, killing thousands in the process. The Iraqi Army completely failed to organize a cohesive resistance and key cities like Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul were swiftly subjugated. An international coalition was eventually formed to give aid and support the Iraqis and Kurdish in their fight against this singular terrorist organization.

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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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