The Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian Press announce
second annual award winner
TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and
The Canadian Press are pleased to announce the winner of the second
annual Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award is Aaron Vincent Elkaim.
Elkaim, a freelance photojournalist whose work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and the National Post, and who was one of the finalists in last year's competition, will be
joining The Canadian Press for a six-week internship later this year.
"What an incredible honour and privilege it is to receive this
opportunity from The Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian
Press," says Elkaim, who currently lives in Toronto. "This award is
going to offer me an amazing opportunity to gain experience and
guidance from the staff at The Canadian Press. I am very much looking
forward to it."
Building on the success of last year, the jury was challenged to review
an even larger number of submissions and raise the bar in terms of
evaluating excellence. Catherine Hanson, Tom's widow and a member of
the selection committee, said she keeps her late husband's photographic
values in mind when judging.
"Tom was the real expert on pictures and he always believed that a human
element was essential in a photo. And similarly, I like images that
make me feel emotion and create an energy or feeling within," she says.
"Many of the photos submitted this year had that impact and depth."
Elkaim acknowledges the influence that Tom Hanson has had in the
industry. "He was an inspiring photojournalist. I think it's wonderful
that he can live on as a valuable role model for an emerging
photojournalist like myself."
After impressing the jury with is portfolio during last year's
competition, inaugural winner Adrien Veczan spent most of his summer
last with The Canadian Press photo team, shooting everything from the
G20 to the Pride parade to the Queen's visit. He is now a regular
contributor to The Canadian Press as well as a freelancer for other
news outlets in Canada and abroad. In his report, he acknowledged the "great honour" that had been bestowed upon him.
"It was very humbling to be part of Tom Hanson's second family. Anything
but my best effort day in and day out just wouldn't cut it."
Elkaim will be presented with the award at the CJF's Annual Awards Gala on June 7 in Toronto.
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
more details, visit http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards_tomhanson.htm.
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For further information:
Heather McCall, Program Manager
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Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography
The Canadian Press
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