TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Applications for the third annual Tom
Hanson Photojournalism Award are now being accepted online. 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 January 8, 2012. Full
details including specifics of the award criteria and application
instructions are available at http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards_tomhanson.
Last year's winner, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, completed a six-week
internship with The Canadian Press at their head office in Toronto
earlier this year. During his internship he covered many national news
events, including Jack Layton's memorial and the Toronto International
Film Festival, as well as sporting events such as the Rogers Cup tennis
tournament and Toronto FC soccer. After the internship was over, Elkaim
continued to freelance for CP during the Ontario provincial leadership
"I got the front page of The Globe and Mail two days in a row," says Elkaim. "It was just the affirmation of my
efforts that I needed. You learn quickly in this business that you
usually only get feedback when you've screwed up!"
Elkaim is currently working on a grant project in the Alberta oil sands
and will return to Toronto to freelance for The Canadian Press and
other news outlets later this year. His full report, including select
images from his internship experience, is online at http://cjf-fjc.ca/content/aaron-vincent-elkaim-2011-tom-hanson-award-recipient.
After two years of outstanding submissions, it will be interesting to
see what this year's competition turns up, says Graeme Roy, Director of
News Photography at The Canadian Press.
"The bar has been set, but I'm confident there are still many
outstanding young photojournalists out there with the skill and
determination to succeed on the national scale given the opportunity,"
says Roy. "We're looking forward to discovering some new talent this
Finalists for the 2012 Tom Hanson Award will be interviewed by the
selection committee in January with a winner announced in February,
2012. The award will be presented at the Canadian Journalism Foundation
Annual Awards Gala on June 7, 2012.
ABOUT THE TOM HANSON 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, 2012, and be paid a salary equivalent of the start rate for
photographers at The Canadian Press.
ABOUT TOM HANSON
Tom Hanson was a swashbuckling photojournalist whose images from the Oka
conflict to the cut-and-thrust of the House of Commons 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
Image with caption: "Aaron Vincent Elkaim accepts the 2011 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award from presenter Catherine Hanson at the Canadian Journalism Foundation's Annual Awards Gala. Submissions for the 2012 Tom Hanson award will be accepted until January 8, 2012. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation) (CNW Group/News - Media)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111107_C3351_PHOTO_EN_6214.jpg
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For further information:
Heather McCall, Program Manager
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-955-0630
Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography
The Canadian Press
email@example.com or 416-507-2167