Sports Photography (under 25,000 circulation)
Winner: Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News
From the strain in the baserunner’s outstretched arm to the waiting glove looming inches above, there is a fabulous tension in the moment Mark Malone captured for the Chatham Daily News. The frame takes the reader into the game that afternoon, and it tells them the story of one important moment. There are the flecks of dirt, kicked aloft by the head-first slide and frozen in time, awaiting an umpire’s decision. The young player’s jaw is clenched, his face braced for impact. The framing, the focus and the elevation of the shot give the reader the best view of anybody in the park.
Runner-up: Clifford Skarstedt, Peterborough Examiner
With a dramatic glimpse into a dangerous sport, Clifford Skarstedt takes readers into the driver’s seat of a race car seemingly ready to explode. Flames lick the windshield and rise off the side of the vehicle at Peterborough Speedway. The driver would escape serious injury, but the picture underscores a moment of great peril.
Runner-up: Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Having spent most of two years bottled inside while a pandemic swept the globe, Elliot Ferguson offers a refreshing glimpse of life outdoors. With wonderful symmetry provided not only by the sails, but also by the sailors leaning from their boats, the moment from Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston catches a reader’s eye and takes them onto the water and into the competition.
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