TORONTO, March 20, 2019 /CNW/ - Andrew Lahodynskyj is the winner of the 2019 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press (CP). The coveted award is in memory of the late, prize-winning CP photographer Tom Hanson.
Lahodynskyj, a freelance photographer and photo editor based in Toronto, will join CP's head office in Toronto this summer for a six-week internship covering breaking news, major sports and key cultural events.
"This is a once in a lifetime experience, and I can't wait to begin," says Lahodynskyj. "Throughout my time at CP, I am confident I will hone my skills as a photojournalist, learning from some of the best shooters and editors in Canada. By the same token, my goal is to be a strong contributor to the craft and leave my mark on the profession."
His photos have most recently appeared in publications such as the Toronto Star and the London Free Press, while his work as a photo editor includes the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors and Maclean's. View his winning portfolio.
"There were a few portfolios that leapt to top positions immediately during the judging session, which made for a lively discussion when narrowing down the top picks," says jury chair Graeme Roy, CP's director of photography. "Andrew's portfolio had so many high-impact photos that were felt to be wire-ready, combined with his photo experience so far made him an ideal candidate to be able to take full advantage of the opportunity of working in a national spotlight."
Lahodynskyj's portfolio was selected from numerous submissions by students and early-career photojournalists from across the country.
He will accept the award at the CJF Awards on June 13, 2019 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
Selection Committee Catherine Hanson, spouse of Tom Hanson Heide Kaspar-Glorieux, mother of Tom Hanson Graeme Roy, director of news photography, The Canadian Press Frank Gunn, national photographer, The Canadian Press Fred Chartrand, freelance photographer and former national photographer, The Canadian Press Tony Caldwell, photographer, Ottawa Sun Marta Iwanek, photojournalist and 2015 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner Michelle Siu, photojournalist and 2012 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner Scott White, editor of The Conversation Canada and board member of The Canadian Journalism Foundation
This award is generously supported by Nikon.
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 his time. 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.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Wendy Kan, Director of Programming, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected]; Graeme Roy, Director of News Photography, The Canadian Press, [email protected]