Tuesday, 24 March 2009

1 Sun NPAC nom

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.


  1. To be entered in the NPAC POY, you have to be a member of NPAC, maybe Abel isn't a member

  2. In the 'I can hardly believe it category', the Edmonton Sun had a brief story (with quotes yet) about Jason's nomination on page 2 of today's edition, which included the tidbit that he had won the NPAC feature photo award last year. One thing missing - the nominated photo. Instead they showed another photo (still a great one in my estimation) from the 2008 Canadian Finals Rodeo (see Jason's gallery at sportsshooters to see it).

  3. Abel is not a member. But just to point out that the Toronto Sun used to pay membership fees for all its photographers, and also used to co-sponsor another photo competition. All that was cut a few years ago.

    By comparison, all photographers at the Toronto Star, Globe+Mail, National Post, Reuters, and CP are members, as are their photo editors; many Canwest photographers and at least one photo editor are members; many photographers from small daily papers are members; most post-secondary school photojournalism students in Canada are members; many freelancers are members; many Metroland photographers and photo editor(s) are members.

    Sun Media would be totally invisible if it weren't for less than a handful of Sun photo folks who pay their own way. What does that say for staff morale and Quebecor's support of their work?