2016 NPAC National Pictures of the Year Winners

  By Evelyn Drake

“Toronto, Ontario: Canada’s top photojournalists have been awarded thousands of dollars in prize money at the 10th Annual National Pictures of the Year Awards (NPOY), held May 6th in Toronto, Ontario, by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC).

As the nation’s premier photojournalist competition, the NPOY is a testament to the ideal that photojournalism matters now more than ever. An esteemed panel of experts juried the hundreds of submissions and selected a total of 32 photographers who were honoured in16 different categories for images that stretched from the ranches of Alberta to the grasslands of Mongolia.

The NPOY recognizes the excellence of Canada’s outstanding photojournalists whose compelling images collectively represented a spectacular body of work in 2016.

For the second year in a row, Toronto Star photojournalist Melissa Renwick was named 2016’s Photojournalist of the Year taking the $2,000.00 cash award sponsored by The Canadian Press.

The other big winners were Zachary Prong for Photograph of the Year sponsored by SONY and Loyalist College graduate Chris Donovan who was named Student Photographer of the Year sponsored by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Each received a $1000.00 cheque.” 

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“Nominated as a finalist in four categories at the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) 2016 National Pictures of the Year awards ceremony in Toronto Saturday evening, Hennel was awarded first place in the Sports Action category for her shot of a saddle bronc rider lying facedown in the mud while getting stepped on by a bucking horse.

The photo, taken by Hennel at the Calgary Stampede rodeo last year, was also given a citation of merit in the Sports Photo category at the National Newspaper Awards (NNA) held Friday night.”‘

“It’s extraordinary for a journalist to receive two honours from the NNAs in the same year,” said deputy editor Monica Zurowski. “These awards are a testament to the talent and dedication Hennel displays every day.” 
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Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.