An Edmonton Sun photographer has earned two nominations in NPAC's third annual National Pictures of the Year awards competition.
Jason Franson, the lone Sun Media nominee among the 125 finalists, is one of four nominees for the Photojournalist of the Year award, sponsored by the Canadian Press. He is also one of four nominees for the Sports Feature award for a boxing photo.
We're not sure how this works but Benoit Gariepy earned a Spot News nomination for a sky diving fatality photo that appeared in MediaMatin, the free strike/lockout paper published during the extended Le Journal de Quebec dispute.
Today's press release says more than 1,963 images and 72 multimedia projects from across Canada were entered.
Congrats to Jason Franson. You can preview his other 2008 work on the sportsshooter.com web site.
Did the Toronto Sun's Dave Abel enter? His dramatic 2008 bank heist takedown, nominated for a 2008 NNA, is noticeably missing from the NPAC finalists. With Quebecor directives telling newspapers to drop out of awards competitions, you never know.
Click here for the complete list of News Photographers Association of Canada nominations.
Winners will be announced April 25 at NPAC's gala in Toronto's CN Tower.