COVID-19 Photography


Winner: Bob Tymczyszyn, St. Catharines Standard

Bob Tymczyszyn’s single image of two tour boats passing near Niagara Falls manages to perfectly tap into the international conversation about COVID-19, capturing the vast disparity of responses in Canada and the U.S at the time. The U.S. Maid of the Mist, operating at 50-per-cent capacity, is packed with passengers, while there are only a handful of passengers on the deck of the Hornblower from Canada — a stark and compelling visual study in contrasts. It’s no wonder the image went viral on both sides of the border.

Maid of the Mist and Hornblower cruise ships pass each other on the Niagara River July 21, 2020, as they take tourists to the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard


Runner-up: Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard

Elliot Ferguson’s portfolio of photos show the range of new normals of COVID-19 — geared-up paramedics, pastors preaching to empty churches, at-home workouts — infusing drama and mood into each shot.

Shown Jan. 28, 2020, Frontenac Paramedics Jonathan Andreozzi and Lise-Anne Lepage-McBain wear the protective gear they would use when treating and transporting a patient suspected of having COVID-19. Photos: Elliot Ferguson/Kingston Whig-Standard


Rikki Brousseau uses a fogger system to sterilize a Kingston Transit on April 7, 2020.


On April 10, 2020, Anglican Rev. Don Davidson conducts a Good Friday service for a live stream from Cathedral of St. George in Kingston.


Cyclist Jim Laird goes for a virtual bike ride in the basement of his home in Kingston on May 4, 2020.


A homeless resident of the Belle Park homeless encampment confronts Kingston bylaw officers July 28, 2020, after an eviction notice was issued in error.


Runner-up: Dax Melmer, Windsor Star

When Dax Melmer and a reporter were given exclusive access to Windsor Regional Hospital’s three COVID-19 hot zones, he effectively captured not just the daily battle frontline medical staff face, but also the enormity and emotional weight of the team effort.

Frontline medical staff hold a meeting mAY 13, 2020, at the Windsor Regional Hospital Field Hospital at the St. Clair College SportsPlex. Photos: Dax Melmer/Windsor Star


Staff care for patient Vince Norris, 65.


A health-care worker adjusts her PPE.




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2020 ONAs: COVID-19 Photography