Spot News Photography (over 25,000 circulation)
Winner: Nick Brancaccio, Windsor Star
First Place: The essence of spot news. When a serious vehicle crash was reported on a police radio scanner, Windsor Star photographer Nick Brancaccio rushed to the scene, deftly avoiding police road blocks to arrive in time to capture paramedics and firefighters rescuing a crash victim from a pickup truck that was crushed in a collision with a tractor-trailer. The photo ran across 4 columns on page 2.
Runner-up: Mike Hensen, London Free Press
2nd Place: After the driver of a pickup truck mowed down a Muslim family of 5 on an evening walk – killing 4 and leaving a 9-year-old boy orphaned – London Free Press photographer Mike Hensen’s photo of a phalanx of officers combing the area the next morning dramatically underlined the intensity of the investigation into what police say was a hate crime.
Runner-up: Dan Janisse, Windsor Star
3rd Place: Windsor Star photographer Dan Janisse wasted no time responding to a report of a house fire, arriving as the firefighters were unloading and stretching their hoses to begin fighting the fire.
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