Winner: Julie Jocsak, The St. Catharines Standard

Julie Jocsak was out on assignment when the allure of flashing lights drew her to the scene of a tragic developing story. A car was perched curiously on a sidewalk, its hood tangled in glass and metal after breaching a storefront. As Jocsak got down to work, the police led a man in cuffs across the wreckage. Elsewhere, a woman was dying after being struck inside the building. The resulting image captured virtually everything, telling a powerful story of horrific consequences in a single haunting frame.

Runner-up: Galen Simmons, Stratford Beacon Herald

Photographer Galen Simmons arrived at a fire to a scene of devastation: a scorched cattle barn on a cold, windy night. In challenging and dynamic circumstances, Simmons captured a brilliant image that shows spooked, surviving livestock being herded to safety. Two firefighters stand in the background, with poise and a smile, surveying the scene. The light of the flames and the haze of the smoke add drama and draw you in to share the moment.


Runner-up: Terry Bridge, Stratford Beacon Herald

At left, David Sullivan is escorted into the courthouse by Stratford Special Const. Patrick Kelly on Dec. 17, 2019. At right, John Paul Stone  is escorted out of the courthouse by Kelly, on Dec. 19, 2019.

It was all down to a few seconds. After three hours staked outside a courthouse, that’s all Terry Bridge would have to photograph a man being escorted to prison after his sentencing, which followed a clutch of convictions at two different courthouses. Two days later, Bridge set himself up for a similar shot after another conviction. The resulting photographs are classics of the perp-walk genre, but the expressive faces – on both cop and criminal – invite not only smug judgment, but curiosity and empathy.


ONA 2019 Spot News Photography (under 25,000 circulation): Winner and Runners-up