Spot News Photography (under 25,000 circulation)
Winner: Bob Tymczyszyn, St. Catharines Standard
Tymczyszyn shot a captivating, well-composed photo that was the most memorable of the entrants this year. It tells the story of increased hiking injuries in the region during the pandemic — and, in an unexpected way, highlights the fact that no area of life has gone untouched by COVID-19.
Runner-up: Cory Smith, Stratford Beacon Herald
The ability to gain access to a private, emotional moment is important for a news photographer, and this was achieved in the middle of a pandemic with this photo. Smith delivered a powerful shot of a young patient receiving news she would finally get to see her American fiancé after months of waiting and a letter-writing campaign.
Runner-up: Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Ferguson captured a somewhat classic breaking-news photo of a downtown flea market fully engulfed by flames. It’s easy to take the effort needed to turn in a shot like this for granted, but Ferguson showed strong news instincts and dedication here.
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