Media Advisory - Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award deadline is fast approaching - January 7

TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - With the Jan. 7 deadline fast approaching, early career photojournalists looking for national exposure are encouraged to apply for the fourth annual Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. Applications are being accepted online for Canadian photojournalists who have been in the business less than five years - from students to freelancers to photographers working at regional publications - and who are looking for greater exposure and experience.

Full details including specifics of the award criteria and application instructions are available at The winner will be announced in February, and the award will be presented at the 16th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 13, 2013.

Last year's winner, Michelle Siu, completed an internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto, and she continues to freelance for CP and other major media outlets. During her internship she covered hard news in addition to staples of the city's cultural scene. Siu's report and photos of her experience can be viewed here.

This award is generously supported by Nikon.

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, 2013, and be paid a salary equivalent of the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press.

Tom Hanson was a 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, and 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 or 416-955-0630 x502

Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography
The Canadian Press or 416-507-2167

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