TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Applications are being accepted online as
the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award enters its fifth year. Canadian
photojournalists who have been in the business less than five years -
from students to freelancers to photographers working at regional
publications - are encouraged to submit their portfolios for
consideration. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 9, 2014. Complete award criteria and application instructions, along with the online application form,
are available at http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards_tomhanson.
"The Canadian Press is proud to have fostered talent for five years,"
says Graeme Roy, director of news photography at The Canadian Press.
"This is a tough business and for those starting out in
photojournalism, this award offers a unique opportunity to hone skills
and get national exposure."
Last year's winner, freelancer Galit Rodan, spent six weeks in the
summer interning at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto. Her
experience included shooting news, sports and cultural events, often
alongside veteran CP photographers—a highlight of the experience. "I
was able to see how they approached the challenge of getting a great
shot while under intense time constraints," said Rodan. "I was often
simultaneously exhausted and energized. It was a great feeling."
Rodan's report on her internship and the photos she took during her
experience can be found online.
The winner of the 2014 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award will be
announced in February. The award will be presented at the 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 4, 2014 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
This award is generously supported by Nikon.
ABOUT THE TOM HANSON PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press launched
the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award in 2009 in memory of award-winning
photojournalist Tom Hanson. The award offers a six-week paid internship
at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto for a photojournalist in
the early stages of his or her career. The selection committee is made
up of CJF board members, photographers and photo editors from The
Canadian Press and daily newspapers and members of Mr. Hanson's family.
The winning applicant will complete the internship between April and
September, 2014, and be paid a salary equivalent of the start rate for
photographers at The Canadian Press.
ABOUT TOM HANSON
Tom Hanson was a photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to
the cut-and-thrust of Parliament told vivid stories. He was an
award-winning photographer for The Canadian Press who travelled around
the world and across the country, shooting some of the most iconic news
and sports images of the last 15 years. When Hanson died suddenly at
age 41 in 2009, his family, friends, colleagues at The Canadian Press
and the country's photojournalism community wanted to find an
appropriate way to honour his memory, talent and spirit. The result was
the creation of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award.
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information:
Wendy Kan, Program Manager
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
416-955-0394 ext. 502
Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography
The Canadian Press
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-507-2167