TORONTO, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF)
and The Canadian Press are pleased to announce the winner of this
year's Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award is Michelle Siu, a freelance photographer who caught the eye of the
judges as an applicant the previous year and who will be joining The
Canadian Press for a six-week internship this summer.
"I'm excited for the challenge of working for such a wide audience, for
The Canadian Press and with their talented photographers, "says Siu,
who is based in Toronto. "As a young new photographer, there aren't
many opportunities to hone your skills and learn from more experienced
photographers so I'm humbled and surprised to have this chance."
The jury, which included veteran photographers and members of Tom
Hanson's family, reviewed a high number of submissions from
early-career photojournalists. Heide Glorieux-Kaspar, Tom's mother and
a member of the selection committee, said Siu had the largest number of
strong photographs in relation to the number she submitted.
"Her photos were absolutely superb," says Kaspar. "I really liked the
fact that almost all her pictures showed a large amount of human
emotion and told a story, something Tom would have looked for and was
able to do in many, many instances. For me it was not so much how good
the photograph was technically, but what it could tell us."
Siu's submission included a range of subjects from Canada, Morocco,
Burundi and Rwanda.
Graeme Roy, director of news photography at The Canadian Press, said he
was heartened to see the award go to a female photographer, "given that
women are underrepresented in our professional ranks."
Last year's winner Aaron Vincent Elkaim spent last summer with The Canadian Press photo team, shooting a range
of subjects from the Rogers Cup to the death of Jack Layton to the
Toronto International Film Festival. After finishing with The Canadian
Press, he has been working as a freelancer on a major project in
Siu will be presented with the award at the CJF's Annual Awards Gala on June 7 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. View Siu's photos.
About the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award
The Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian Press teamed up in
2009 to launch a new photojournalism award in memory of Tom Hanson, an
award-winning photographer who travelled around the world and across
the country, shooting some of the most iconic news and sports images of
the last 15 years. The Tom Hanson Photojournalism 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. For
details of the award, visit http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards_tomhanson
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For further information:
Wendy Kan, Program Manager
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Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography
The Canadian Press
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