Canadian News Photographers Honoured



    VANCOUVER, March 20 /CNW/ - It can be argued that there is no greater
power in journalism than the straight-forward truthfulness of a single image.
It is in that spirit that the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC)
is pleased to recognize the excellence represented in submissions by 123 of
Canada's outstanding photojournalists in announcing the nominations in the
second annual National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition.
    More than 2,200 images from across Canada were entered in this year's
competition, representing a spectacular body of work. A prestigious panel of
judges, including top North American photojournalists and photo editors, were
tasked with judging the entries.
    The "still photo" category judges include Graeme Roy, Director of News
Photography - The Canadian Press; Peter Bregg, Photo Editor/Photographer,
Hello Magazine and Bob Carroll, retired, Photo Editor, The Windsor Star. The
Judging Chief is Phill Snel, Deputy Photo Editor, The National Post.
    The new Multimedia category judges include Jeff Peeler, Frantic Films,
Cecil Rosner, CBC and John White, The Winnipeg Free Press.
    Images were submitted and judged in 12 different categories, including
Canadian Photojournalist of the Year and Canadian Photograph of the Year.
    The nominated images can be viewed at: www.npac.ca/npoy/
    The winners will be announced during the NPAC's National Pictures of the
Year Gala event, which will take place April 19 in Vancouver.
    The 2007 Canadian Photojournalist of the Year and 2007 Canadian
Photograph of the Year will each be awarded a $2000.00 top prize (Sponsored by
The Canadian Press and Reuters, respectively). Other category winners will be
awarded $500.00 for First Place, $200.00 for Second Place and $100.00 for
Third Place.

    About the National Pictures Of The Year Awards:

    The National Pictures Of The Year awards competition was created by NPAC
to recognize excellence in Canadian photojournalism. NPAC is a volunteer-run,
non-profit association comprised of professional and student photojournalists
in Canada and they champion quality and ethical photography in journalism.

    National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition

    Finalists
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    SPOT NEWS

    62 entries
    Sponsored by Canwest News Service

    Conrad Black gives the finger / David Chidley - Canadian Press
    Rescue from crushed car / Stuart Gradon - Calgary Herald
    Water rescue / Sandi Krasowski - The Chronicle Journal (Thunder Bay)
    Cop hit by protestor's sign / John Lehmann - The Globe and Mail
    Afghanistan war action / Louie Palu - ZUMA Press

    GENERAL NEWS

    176 entries
    Sponsored by CNW Group

    Mike Huckabee gets a shave / Andy Clark - Reuters
    Highway of Heroes / Frank Gunn - Canadian Press
    Father crying on coffin / Carlos Osorio - The Toronto Star
    Condoleeza Rice faces bloody protestor / Louie Palu - ZUMA Press
    Free-trade protest arrest / Ryan Taplin - The Halifax Daily News

    FEATURE / ENTERPRISE
    221 entries
    Sponsored by The Winnipeg Free Press

    Rainy cityscape / Tyler Anderson - The National Post
    Trees and skaters / Darryl Dyck - The Edmonton Sun
    Swinging soldier / Jason Franson - The Edmonton Sun
    Horse through a fence / John Lucas - The Edmonton Journal
    Swimmer / Tim Smith - The Edmonton Sun

    PORTRAIT / PERSONALITY

    255 entries
    Sponsored by Hello! Canada

    Top hat in arch / Bernard Brault - La Presse (Montreal)
    Royal couple / Darren Calabrese - The Guelph Mercury
    Boy in a field / Leah Hennel - The Calgary Herald
    Tattooed gang member smoking / John Lehmann - The Globe and Mail
    Kid in a hall / Christopher Pike - The Brandon Sun

    SPORTS ACTION

    171 entries
    Sponsored by Nikon

    Grey Cup touchdown / Tony Bock - The Toronto Star
    Formula 1 race crash / Jacques Boissinot - Canadian Press
    Rodeo fall / Darryl Dyck - The Edmonton Sun
    Injury on ice / Ryan Pfeiffer - Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
    Boxing punch / Larry Wong - The Edmonton Journal

    SPORTS FEATURE

    115 entries
    Sponsored by The Toronto Star

    Smiling hat / Bernard Brault - La Presse (Montreal)
    Rainy cricket / Andy Clark - Reuters
    Missing head / Brent Foster - The National Post
    High jumper / Jason Kryk - The Windsor Star
    Referee dumped / Richard Lam - Canadian Press

    PICTORIAL

    150 entries

    US flag & umbrella / Bernard Brault - La Presse (Montreal)
    Lightning and silo / Phil Hossack - The Winnipeg Free Press
    Reflection in puddle / Jason Kryk - The Windsor Star
    Foggy city / J.P. Moczulski - The Globe & Mail
    Water drop / Derek Ruttan - The London Free Press

    PICTURE STORY

    700 images / 64 entrants
    Sponsored by Maclean's

    Father Michael Bassano - HIV Hospice / Brent Foster - The National Post
    Kenadie Story - Primordial Dwarfism / Brent Foster - The National Post
    Tatiana and Krista - Conjoined Twins / John Lehmann - The Globe and Mail
    Prayers of Ismail - Tuareg Nomad / Wendell Phillips - Freelance
    (Vancouver)
    Johnathon Hatzis - Legless Wrestler / Peter Power - The Globe and Mail

    MULTIMEDIA

    47 Entries
    Sponsored by The Globe and Mail

    Father Michael Barrsano - HIV Hospice / Brent Foster - The National Post
    Joshua Sager - Homeless in Calgary / Brett Gundlock - The Calgary Sun
    A Farm Family / Charla Jones - The Globe and Mail
    Justice For The Dead / John Lehmann - The Globe and Mail
    Conrad Black / Lucas Oleniuk - The Toronto Star
    Walker Brown - Boy In The Moon / Peter Power - The Globe and Mail
    Johnathan Hatzis / Attitude is Everything/Peter Power - The Globe and
    Mail

    2007 CANADIAN PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (based on a portfolio)

    320 images / 32 entrants
    Sponsored by The Canadian Press

    Bernard Brault - La Presse (Montreal)
    Darryl Dyck - The Edmonton Sun
    Brent Foster - The National Post
    Aaron Lynett - The Toronto Star
    Christinne Muschi - Freelance (Montreal)
    Wendell Phillips - Freelance (Vancouver)
    Derek Ruttan - The London Free Press
    Tara Walton - The Toronto Star

    2007 CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR

    Sponsored by Reuters

    Winner to be announced at the NPOY awards gala April 19, 2008.

    STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER of the YEAR

    Sponsored by SAIT Polytechnic

    
    (*) To accommodate school schedules and projects, students were given a
        later submission date. Winner to be announced at the NPOY awards
        gala.
    

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/





For further information:

For further information: Reference: Laura Ballance, Curve
Communications, (604) 684-3170 ex. 1, (604) 771-5176 (cell),
laura@curvecommunications.com; John Woods, NPACPOY, Co-Chair, (204) 291-3074,
jwoods@escape.ca; Joe Bryksa, NPACPOY, Co-Chair, (204) 792-3089,
joe.bryksa@freepress.mb.ca

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