Sports Photography (over 25,000 circulation)


Winner: Dan Janisse, Windsor Star

Mere mortals watching hockey games witness the ebb and flow of the action on the ice, but skilled photographers stop time and capture the acrobatics at play. That’s what Dan Janisse does in this peak action sports photo that shows the one player leaping over the goalie as he’s in mid-save. The photo offers a glimpse of some of hockey’s mesmerizing athletics.

Kyle McDonald of the Windsor Spitfires flies over Oshawa Generals goalie Patrick Leaver during a pre-season game on Oct. 3, 2021, at the WFCU Centre in Windsor. Dan Janisse/Windsor Star


Runner-up: Mike Hensen, London Free Press

You can taste the dust in this photo by Mike Henson, who captured a headfirst slide during the playoffs of the Inter County baseball season.

Hayden Jaco of the Majors puts the tag on the Maple Leafs’ Connor Lewis at Labatt Park in London on Oct. 1, 2021. Mike Hensen/London Free Press


Runner-up: Cory Smith, Stratford Beacon Herald

The simplicity of this photo by Cory Smith is what gives it its emotional pull: the mother’s arm in an embrace, the downward tilt of the head of the player, the haunting gaze of the grieving father during a poignant moment when the Stratford Warriors remembered a 19-year-old teammate who had died.

Stratford Warriors player Cal Christner hugs Heather Schoonderwoerd, the mother of former Warriors teammate Carter Schoonderwoerd, who passed away over the summer. Carter’s father, Joe, looks on Sept. 24, 2021. Cory Smith/Stratford Beacon Herald



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2021 ONAs: Sports Photography (over 25,000 circulation)