Thursday, 19 March 2009

Abel's NNAble

Updated 20/03/09 re more links to NNA stories
From the day Dave Abel's dramatic "gotcha" bank bandit takedown photo appeared on the front page of the Toronto Sun on Feb. 27, 2008, it had award nominee written all over it.

Cancellation of Sun Media's 2008 Dunlop Awards was a big setback for the talented photographer, but today his amazing police action photo is a National Newspaper Awards nominee.

Abel, a News Photography category finalist, joins fellow Sun Media nominees from the London Free Press, Barrie Examiner, Brantford Expositor, North Bay Nugget and Simcoe Reformer.

The Sun photographer had the perfect vantage point for his shot of plainclothes police tackling the 16-year-old bandit outside a CIBC branch.

CP's NNA nominations rundown: The Globe and Mail (13), Toronto Star (10), Montreal La Presse (8), Ottawa Citizen (4), Calgary Herald (4), Hamilton Spectator (4), Canadian Press (3), London Free Press (2), Montreal Gazette (2) Winnipeg Free Press (2) and one each for the Barrie Examiner, Brantford Expositor, Edmonton Journal, Lethbridge Herald, North Bay Nugget, Prince George Citizen, Reuters, New Brunswick (Saint John) Telegraph-Journal, Simcoe Reformer, Toronto Sun, Vancouver Sun, Victoria Times-Colonist, Waterloo Region Record and Windsor Star.

Other Sun Media nominees:

Jane Sims, London Free Press - Justice reporter's selection of her work last year, which ranged from trial coverage of heinous crimes to remarkable turnaround stories in court.

Local Reporting:
Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer - For a series of articles that examined the controversial sale of a Port Dover house that belonged to a former Norfolk OPP constable.

The North Bay Nugget Team - For coverage of the E. coli outbreak in October 2008.

Sports Photography:
J.T. McVeigh
, Barrie Examiner - For his shot of a high school football player tackling an opponent and 'testing' the elasticity of his undergear.

Derek Ruttan, London Free Press - For his shot of a wide-eyed high school football player staring at the ball he fumbled as it slipped away during a championship game.

Phil Tank, Brantford Expositor city editor - For three 2008 editorials on Barack Obama, the Bejing Olympics and local council rules.

Congratulations to all and here's hoping Sun Media will foot the bill to send you all to Montreal for the May 22 National Newspaper Awards gala.

There are 66 finalists from 24 news agencies nominated in 22 categories, chosen from 1,385 entries. Winners receive $1,000 cash and a certificate. Runners-up this year receive a merit citation.

The complete list of nominees.

1 comment:

  1. Re Dave Abel's nominated photo:

    When I first saw the photo, I knew it had to be a winner. I'm glad they/he entered it. I can't imagine it losing to a photo of an accident victim being cut out of a car, although I have to admit, I haven't seen it.

    The point to this message is that Dave was one of two "junior" photographers who were given the death sentence in cuts last year. I do believe someone else took a buyout and saved his job.

    How would the Sun have reacted if he was no longer on staff, and was
    nominated for a National Newspaper Award?

    Bill Sandford