Winner: Dax Melmer, Windsor Star

This photograph is shot from an unexpected perspective, which lends visual interest as two basketball players battle for the ball. As the photographer explains: “What I captured resembles somewhat of an orchestrated dance recital, as the two opponents are frozen in a mirror-like pose.” This crisp, creative image not only changes the audience’s perspective; it also shifts their impression of the interplay between players.

Runner-up: Bob Tymczyszyn, St. Catharines Standard

This photograph of two female rugby players during the Canada Games in Niagara is a study in contrasts — of colours, emotions and positions. The player’s face captures her determination and frustration as she reaches for the ball.

Runner-up: Cory Smith, Stratford Beacon Herald

This photograph of a steeplechase runner crashing into the water at the Huron-Perth track and field championships succeeds because of its unexpected composition and the obvious determination on the young athlete’s face.

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2022 ONAs: Sports Photography