TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2017 /CNW/ - The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, a major Canadian photojournalism award for developing early-career talent, is now accepting submissions. Deadline is Jan. 19, 2018.
The award is open to Canadian photojournalists with less than five years' experience—including students and freelancers—and provides the winner the opportunity to cover news, sports and cultural events for The Canadian Press for six weeks in Toronto. The experience allows the recipient to work alongside and be mentored by top photographers and photo editors, work in a fast-paced, competitive environment, and gain national exposure.
"There is a lot of pressure because you know the images will be seen by editors across the country and it forces you to perform at your highest level," says Chris Donovan, the 2017 award winner, who moved from Saint John, N.B. to Toronto recently to launch his freelance career.
"I had the opportunity to learn a lot from my peers while on assignment, which was extremely helpful. The experience taught me that you can never stop learning as a photographer and that if you feel like you know everything, you will never know anything."
To get a sense of Donovan's experience, read his report, view samples of his Canadian Press photos and check out his original portfolio submission. Past winners include Eduardo Lima, Marta Iwanek, Michelle Siu, Galit Rodan and Hannah Yoon.
Award criteria, application instructions and the online application are available on the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award page. The jury—which includes members of Hanson's family and former photographer colleagues—can be found on the award criteria page.
The winner of the 2018 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award will be announced in February. The award will be formally presented at the annual CJF Awards on June 14, 2018 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
This award is generously supported by Nikon.
ABOUT THE TOM HANSON PHOTOJOURNALISM 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, past winners and members of Mr. Hanson's family. The winning applicant will complete the internship between April and September 2018, and be paid at the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press.
ABOUT TOM HANSON
Tom Hanson was a photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to the cut and thrust of Parliament 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 over a 15-year period. 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 Award.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Wendy Kan, Director of Programming, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected] or 416-955-0975; Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography, The Canadian Press, [email protected] or 416-507-2167