National "Pictures of the Year" nominations announced



    WINNIPEG, March 15 /CNW/ - The News Photographers Association of Canada
(NPAC) is pleased to announce the nominations for the first-ever National
Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition.
    More than 1,200 images from 130 photographers across Canada were entered
in the competition. A five-member panel of judges, including some of North
America's top photojournalists and photo editors, judged the entries in
February.
    The judges included Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography - The
Canadian Press; Gary Hershorn, News Pictures Editor, North America - Reuters;
Susan Brisk, Editorial Director - Magnum; Ron Haviv, co-founder and
photographer - VII; and Natasha Lunn, Photo Editor - The New Yorker. Phill
Snel, Deputy Editor of the National Post, served as the judging coordinator.
    Images were submitted and judged in 11 different categories, including
Canadian Photojournalist of the Year and Canadian Photograph of the Year. A
complete list of categories and the nominations for each is attached below.
The nominated images can be viewed at www.npac.ca.
    The winners will be announced during the NPAC's National Pictures of the
Year gala, which will take place April 28 in Vancouver. The awards ceremony
will be part of the Western Canadian News Photographers Association's annual
convention, "WCNPA Photojournalism 2007," which is taking place April 27 to 29
at the Sandman Hotel in Vancouver.
    This first annual competition is being generously sponsored by The
Canadian Press, Reuters, Nikon, Transcontinental Media, CNW Group, The Globe
and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Maclean's, Hello!, Toronto Star and Epson.

    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 the Eastern and Western Canadian News
Photographers Associations (ECNPA and WCNPA, respectively). The ECNPA and
WCNPA are the member associations for professional and student
photojournalists in Canada and they champion quality and ethical photography
in journalism.

    
            2006 National "Pictures of the Year" list of nominees
    

    SPOT NEWS - (89 entries)
    Sponsored by Transcontinental Media

    Accident with tree scene - Greg Henkenhaf / Toronto Sun
    Cows flee barn fire - Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack Progress
    Couple's home burns - Jenelle Schneider / Calgary Herald
    Dawson College shooting - Peter McCabe / Freelance
    Balcony standoff - Tim Krochak / Halifax Chronicle Herald

    GENERAL NEWS - (205 entries)
    Sponsored by CNW Group

    Wife of soldier at funeral - Blair Gable / Ottawa Sun
    Prison windows - Jason Franson / Edmonton Sun
    Politicians & streamers - Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press
    Child & flag in Beirut - Steve Russell / Toronto Star
    Native standoff fire - Simon Hayter / Freelance

    PICTURE STORY - (75 entries)
    Sponsored by The Globe and Mail

    Uganda - Colin O'Connor / Freelance
    Canadian soldier - Dustin Leader / Redline Photo Agency
    Chernobyl - Donald Weber / Freelance
    Ukrainian drug bust - Donald Weber / Freelance
    Regent Park - Tory Zimmerman / Freelance

    FEATURE / ENTERPRISE - (212 entries)
    Sponsored by Winnipeg Free Press

    Eagles clash - Andy Clark / Reuters
    Red umbrella - Ryan Jackson / Freelance
    Girl & windmills - Ted Rhodes / Calgary Herald
    Girls in dresses - Tara Walton / Toronto Star
    Museum Heads - Tyler Anderson / National Post

    PORTRAIT / PERSONALITY - (230 entries)
    Sponsored by Maclean's / Hello!

    Crack smoker - Arantxa Cedillo / The Globe and Mail
    Hair dryer senior - Ashley Hutcheson / Freelance
    Ukrainian dancer - Donald Weber / Freelance
    Afghan boy herder - Kevin Van Paassen / The Globe and Mail
    Longjohns smoker - Ryan Carter

    SPORTS ACTION - (151 entries)
    Sponsored by Toronto Star

    Baseball broken bat - Brent Foster / National Post
    Speed skaters panned - Chris Pike / Brandon Sun
    Edmonton Oilers celebration - Dan Riedlhuber / Freelance
    Rodeo caught foot - Emma Bennett / Medicine Hat News
    Basketball tackle - J.P. Moczulski / Reuters

    SPORTS FEATURE - (143 entries)

    Women sharing medal - Chris Pike / Brandon Sun
    Fan & fighter - Darren Calabrese / Guelph Mercury
    Goalie & shadows - Darryl Dyck / Edmonton Sun
    Muddy football - Jason Kryk / The Windsor Star
    Grey Cup broken - Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press
    Coloured panels silhouettes - Steve Russell / Toronto Star

    ILLUSTRATION / FASHION - (48 entries)

    Soccer kick - Ryan Jackson / Freelance
    Swimmer - Tobin Grimshaw / Freelance
    Train - Tobin Grimshaw / Freelance

    PICTORIAL - (113 entries)

    Cruise ship balconies - Bernard Brault / La Presse
    Bird, buildings & sky - John Lucas / Edmonton Journal
    Goose silhouette - Ric Ernst / Vancouver Province
    Snow, sidewalk & trees - Tim Smith / Freelance
    Boat dragged on beach - Wendell Phillips / Freelance

    2006 CANADIAN PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR - (based on a portfolio) -
    (34 entries)
    Sponsored by The Canadian Press

    Donald Weber / Freelance
    Shaun Best / Reuters
    Tyler Anderson / National Post

    2006 CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR
    Sponsored by Reuters

    Winner to be announced at the NPOY awards gala.

    2006 STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - (based on a portfolio)
    Sponsored by Nikon

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




For further information:

For further information: John Woods, NPACPOY, Co-Chair,
jwoods@escape.ca, (204) 291-3074; Joe Bryksa, NPACPOY Co-Chair,
joe.bryksa@freepress.mb.ca, (204) 792-3089

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