December 2015/January 2016 Results

December and January's competition was judged by Cole Burston (@cburston) and Nick Iwanyshyn (@nickiwanyshyn), both of whom are freelance photographers based in Toronto.

FEATURE

FIRST PLACE


Just a nice picture took first. it was a nice intimate moment, post processing was a little wonky. 

KABUL, Afghanistan (16/01/05) - As soon as the men are admitted to the camp they are shaved and cleansed. Most of them had been living under a bridge amongst garbage and polluted water for weeks or even months. Photo by Zachary Prong

SECOND PLACE

Second was nice light and a beautiful canvas just missing a moment.


TOFINO, B.C. (01.01.16) – A surfer walks along the beach at Cox Bay near Tofino, B.C. after a sunset surf on New Year’s Day. Photo by Marissa Tiel

THIRD PLACE

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A young rider with his steed on the beach of Qargha Lake, just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2016. The lake is a popular resort area in the summer for city residents, but it's restaurants have been targeted by the Taliban in the past. Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

NEWS

FIRST PLACE
Nice daily, really the only news image with value in the bunch.


Kingston, Ont. (5/12/15) - Homeless man sleeps in front of a church in Downtown Kingston, Ontario. Estimation of homeless persons in Kingston is at the 1000 mark. Photo by Isaac Paul

PORTRAITS

FIRST PLACE

Nice emotion with some interesting light, wish it was cleaner. I’d think to use that nice wall more. 


KABUL, Afghanistan (16/01/05) - Zaman, 18, started using heroin not long after he dropped out of school when he was 14. He eventually made his way from Ghazni Province, just south of Kabul, to the capital where he's been living on the streets for years. He's pictured here shortly after being admitted to the independent Mother Trust rehab clinic in Kabul, a not-for-profit operation run by a woman named Laila Haidari. He agreed to treatment because he wants to be with is family again, to be happy. "I have hope," said Zaman. Photo by Zachary Prong

SECOND PLACE

Nice daily portrait. This is the stuff we do day to day. 


PICTON, Ont. (01.13.16) – Michelle Laframboise has owned ClearWater Designs with her husband Ian Crerar for the past 21 years. They started with one home-made mold and oven and every year they have added a new design. "He's the visionary and I'm the detail person," she said. "We complement each other." They paddle their own boats at their cottage in the Kawarthas. She said the best part about working for yourself is making your own decisions. "You're accountable only to yourself and your customers," she said. Photo by Marissa Tiel

THIRD PLACE


Third had an interesting mood, but composition could use some work. 

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Kabeer's brother was killed during fighting between Taliban and government forces in Helmand province of Afghanistan. When he found out about his brother's passing, his health failed, and he now suffers from paralysis on his left side, possibly the result of a stroke. He sits here in a dwelling at an Internally Displaced Person's camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2016. Photo by Andrew C. Johnson


SPORTS

FIRST PLACE

 A really nice powerful moment took first place. 

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (01.29.16) – Porscha Hewitt collapses on the baseline during play against the Seneca Sting. The Loyalist Lancers women's basketball team took on the Seneca Sting at Loyalist College on Fri., Jan. 29, 2016. They won the game  61-55. Photo by Marissa Tiel 

SECOND PLACE
 
Second place was a really cool shot with nice light on the dust getting kicked up.

BRIGHTON, Ont. - (23/01/16) - Rich Little whips around an icy corner on the Brighton Speedway Saturday. Little competed on the winter oval track in the 2-wheel studded ATV heat. Photo by Phil McLachlan

THIRD PLACE 

 
BELLEVILLE, Ont. (20/01/16) – Alex Fobert and Jillian Robinson of the Loyalist Lancers attempt a block against the George Brown Huskies in Belleville on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. The Lancers went on to win the game 3 sets to 1. Photo by Beatrice Serdon, Loyalist College

MULTIPIC

FIRST PLACE

Nakita Krucker - Bra Culture

Bra story was a somewhat dull story that was explored really well with a range of subjects and photos. Nice variety.



























 SECOND PLACE

Zachary Prong - Laila's Men

Heroin story was really repetitive, didn’t explore enough of the issue.




















610-  Zachary Prong  +250
585 - Marissa Tiel +200
425 - Beatrice Serdon +25
345 - Charlie Vilagut 
345 - Hannah Lawson 
335 - Nakita Krucker +100
275 - Isaac Paul +100
260 - Phil McLachlan +50
230-  Andrew Johnson +50
200 - Audrey Caron
200 - Chris Donovan 
125 - Curtis O'Connor 
110 - Hélèn Roth 
100 - Emma Gardner 
95 -  Elliot Gould 
25 -  Callum Rutherford 


Points

Points are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mentions.
1st place - 100
2nd place - 50
3d place - 25
HM - 10
 



November 2015 results

November's judge was Jason Ransom (@jasonransomphoto), who gave some of our students some great advice while shooting Remembrance Day in Ottawa, and now gives us some great feedback for POM.

While he's most well known for being PM Harper's personal photographer, he has plenty of editorial and assignment work under his belt.  http://www.jasonransom.com/


FEATURE

Unfortunately, there are photos tagged as features that should be in other categories. I think of it this way, if I applied for accreditation or read a press release, I’m at a news event. If I found an interesting photo while out-and-about, it’s a feature. 

FIRST PLACE
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TRENTON, Ont. (11/10/15) -- Ryan Fernandes stands vigil at the Trenton Cenotaph on the eve of November 11, 2015. More than 60 cadets from Trenton and the Quinte West area held vigil at the cenotaph in 30 minute shifts all night ahead of the Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11, 2015. The vigil at the cenotaph is the largest involvement of cadets in this part of Ontario. Photo by Marissa Tiel

I’m going to give Marissa the benefit of the doubt and assume she saw this event on her way home. The rim-lit cadet stops your eye - it’s a pretty image. Photo editors like pretty art – once in awhile. It’s a little lose, but kudos for “going to the dark side” and finding something interesting.

SECOND PLACE
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STONEY CREEK, Ont. (28/11/15) - In a study done by medical anthropologists Sydney Singer and Soma Grismaijer, they argue that women who wear a bra 24 hours a day are 125 times more likely to have breast cancer than women who are bra-free.  Alida Trigatti, 73, finds going without a bra so uncomfortable that she wears one to bed as well. Photo by Nakita Krucker

My guess is this photo was also planned or orchestrated and should be in the portrait category. The photo makes me want to know what her deal is. Making a picture interesting enough that people buy/read the paper is your job. You could make an argument that having to read the caption means your photo isn’t communicating enough information, but I felt differently about this one. Side note; perhaps the photo is a little too moody for story? 

THIRD PLACE
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PICTON, Ont. (11.14.15) --Lemmy Epstein, Frank Hannan and Andrea Piller carry the Hare lantern during the third annual Firelight Lantern Festival in Picton, Ont. The lantern, which is made of bamboo and bed sheets, was designed by event organizer Krista Dalby. Photo by Marissa Tiel
It’s interesting enough to make me stare at it for awhile so I’m making it my 3rd choice. The pan isn’t super sharp and the background is busy. This could have been SO much more. Go back next year and nail it!

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OTTAWA, Ont (11/11/15) Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Justin Trudeau share a tender moment while awaiting their motorcade after the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa. Photo by Elliott Gould  

This perfectly timed moment could have made the podium in the news category. 


NEWS

Comments off the top. 

For some reason we have several photos in the wrong categories. Maybe it’s just this month, but something tells me students are really not sure how to categorise their images. For your reference, I’ve copied the NPAC category breakdown. 

Categories:
Spot News – News pictures of unplanned events. Examples include, but are not limited to, accidents, fires, disasters.
General News – Coverage of events for which advance planning was possible. Examples are news conferences, demonstrations and protests. Spot news that develops during the course of planned events should be entered in Spot News.
Feature – A photograph depicting a found event or scene not arranged, planned, orchestrated or created by the photographer.
Sports – Sports action or sports feature images depicting a competitive sport.
Portrait/Illustration – A controlled situation intended to clarify or dramatize a preconceived idea. This includes, but is not limited to, posed portraits, food photography, fashion and images that are manufactured or altered.
Multi-Picture – Two or more unique pictures depicting an event or story. Examples include photo-essays and ongoing series. Weak pictures may be eliminated from a published series or essay. A series of related pictures published in more than one month may be entered as a single entry for the month concluding the series.

Now that we have some clarity, here are my choices.

FIRST PLACE (NEWS)
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OTTAWA, Ont. - (11/11/15) - Justin Trudeau and First Lady Sophie Trudeau acknowledge Canadian Military bagpipers as they lead the way out of the National War Memorial after the Remembrance Day ceremonies commenced. Members of the public gathered outside the parade area, filling parliament hill with cries of "Thank you, God Bless!" as military veterans passed by. Photo by Phil McLachlan
This is a bread-and-butter news photo. Well done. Contributing foreground, contributing background and a just a bit of decisive moment with the glance from Trudeau’s wife, Sophie. Only one minor criticism, it’s a marching band and not a row of the few remaining vets. 

SECOND PLACE
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(11/11/2015) BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Belleville residents gather in Market Square Sunday evening at a solemn vigil in memory of those who lost their lives in the terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. Photo by Chris Donovan
Sometimes the picture is in the details. This elegant general news photo would look great above the fold in any newspaper box with a good Paris aftermath headline. It’s a little noisy – perhaps from a bad exposure, but it’s nice to see a student move so far away from a snapshot. 

THIRD PLACE
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(11/11/2015) OTTAWA, Ont. - The Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada shares a moment with Silver Cross Mother Shelia Anderson during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Photo by Callum Rutherford Loyalist College
This is another great moment from Trudeau’s first Remembrance Day ceremony. Well done Callum - capturing a moment with the Silver Cross Mom. I’m impressed you knew to keep a close eye on her. That said, what happened to her son/daughter? How were they killed? Where? It would have been nice to see a fat caption on this one. 

Because the composition is a little weak, with no contributing foreground and a really stark background, it dropped to third.  

NOTE: I feel like my eye gets stuck going to the highlights in this photo. (Maybe Google visual mass composition for some light reading?) As a general thumb rule, avoid paper white backgrounds and bright objects that compete with your subject for the reader’s eyes. 

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TORONTO, Ont.  -- A protester demonstrates in Toronto against recent hate crimes directed towards the Islamic community in Canada, Saturday Nov. 21, 2015. In the wake of a refugee crisis as a result of wars and conflict in the middle east and elsewhere, as well as terror attacks by Islamic extremists, anti-Islamic sentiments have been manifesting in reaction to recent events. Photo by Andrew C. Johnson
I don’t have a lot to say here other then the cop makes me smile. I have no idea who she’s yelling at, I know why only because of the caption. My guess is it’s a decent attempt to rescue something from nothing – another important skill a photojournalist needs to develop. Because of the cop and the crop (having your subject face the edge of your frame creates angst or tension) makes this photo worth discussing. 

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (11/11/15)— A decorated veteran honours fallen comrades during the Remembrance day ceremonies on November 11 in Belleville, Ont. Hundreds of people were present for the ceremony. Photo by Hannah Lawson
Here’s a nice, simple shot that would pad out any great photo essay from a Remembrance Day Ceremony. It’s not very strong as a standalone, but nice to have in an essay. 

Just thinking out loud here… every one of you should be documenting photo essays or video projects of a veteran or veteran’s group in your home town before they’re no longer with us. Burn Hannah’s picture into your mind so you remember to capture the details. 


PORTRAITS

More photos in the wrong category. 

First Place
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TORONTO, Ont (15/11/03) -  A portrait of Rayshawn, 11, whose father is currently in prison. Approximately 180,000 children in Canada have one or more parents in prison. The majority of these children have no support network that can deal with the unique challenges they face. Rayshawn is among one of about 60 children who participate in an after school program organized by F.E.A.T. (Fostering, Empowering, Organizing Together), an NGO in the GTA that works with the children of incarcerated parents. It is the only organization of its kind in the country. Photo by Zachary Prong.
This is a beautiful photo. Something any NGO would love to have in their photo bank. I’m not sure why it’s so grainy or why you didn’t push up the whites? Look at your histogram - your whites are a mile away. I don’t know if you are ever critiqued on your IPTC data, but I’ve been looking at exposure settings too. Don’t wipe out your IPTC data! It can help us get in your heads and the feedback might help you grow as a photographer. 

Second Place
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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (19/11/15) - We live in a bra-centric culture where we are obsessed with cup size, having the perfect bust-line and the aesthetic appeal. The idea of personal comfort is often not a factor. Photo by Nakita Krucker
This is a well executed illustration. I think is a good example of a daily newspaper assignment - bringing back exactly what the photo editor would have in his/her head for the photo. 

Third Place
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BELLEVILLE, Ont (08/11/15) Seniors in Canada are at higher risk of suicide then any other age group. Anne-Maries father commited suicide earlier this year. With her 60th birthday closing in, she finds her battle with depression to be a daily struggle. Photo By Elliott Gould
This is also a great image to go with a serious story. The crop is a little off – not sure why you chose to crop so tight on the right. The mood fits well with the story. 

HM
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OTTAWA, Ont (11/11/15) A Canadian solider pays his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider after the Remembrance Day ceremonies. Photo by Elliott Gould 
Solid streeter portrait. 

HM
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TYIENDINAGA (22/11/2015) _ Ron Sager, consider his life as a long journey meant to teach him lessons and help him gather medicines and lead him to become a Healer, the wing he holds most of the time when he talks is part of the ceremonial and traditional beliefs of the healer and the sweat. Photo by Hélène Roth.
Cool looking cat. Could have been executed so much better.  (Go back and visit him again)


SPORTS

First Place
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KINGSTON, Ont. (15/11/15) – A member of the Loyalist Lancers wipes her face during halftime of the OCAA Women’s Rugby Bronze Medal Game against the St. Lawrence College Vikings in Kingston on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The Lancers went on to lose the game, 31-15. Photo by Beatrice Serdon, Loyalist College
Beatrice’s photo of the dejected rugby player pulled the hardest at my heart strings and floated to the top easily.  I do have two critiques however. Beatrice, loosen up – the crop is too tight. I’d love it even more if there was some negative space around her. Second, always get the names for you captions! Shoot a frame of the game sheet and then if you get a nice moment like this, take a frame of the back or her jersey so you can identify her.

Second Place
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TORONTO, Ont. (03/11/15) -- Ibrahim Kamal works with athletes on their boxing form at MJKO's (Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization) new gym in the west end of Toronto on Nov. 3, 2015. Photo by Marissa Tiel
This is a clean sports feature that could tease any article about training. I kept coming back to it because of the interesting composition. It really is technically perfect – shallow depth of field, enough shutter speed to stop the action and a decisive moment where everyone is throwing a punch at the same time. One critique – tighten it up to ditch the red pipe at the top.  

Third Place
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KINGSTON, Ont. (15/11/15) – Courtney Wright-Mooney of the Loyalist Lancers attempts to run past her opponents from St. Lawrence College Vikings during the OCAA Women’s Rugby Bronze Medal Game in Kingston on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The Lancers went on to lose the game, 31-15. Photo by Beatrice Serdon, Loyalist College
This is a good brawl for the ball photo. I think it’s a little too tight and the background is distracting, but the overall ‘tight and bright’ objective of sports photography is in there.  

HM
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TORONTO, Ont. (11/08/15) -- Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands cradles her elbow after Canada's Valerie Maltais crashes into her during the 1000-metre semi-final race at the ISU Short Track World Cup in Toronto, Ont. on November 8, 2015. Since the crash happened early in the race, the semi-final was restarted. Maltais went on to win bronze, while ter Mors finished fourth. Photo by Marissa Tiel
I know sports photography must be very frustrating for a lot of you. No serious glass, no access and cameras that most likely shoot about 3 frames a second. It’s hard to compete. We’ve all been there. Marissa has captured an interesting moment, it’s just not strong enough technically or creatively to make the cut in a bigger daily newspaper. 


MULTIPIC

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Hélène Roth

I felt this essay was the strongest. It has three photos strong enough to stand on their own. The portrait, the mask photo and the night time long exposure.  A consistent look and feel also help it rise to the top. 

TYIENDINAGA (22/11/2015) _ Ron Sager, also referred to as Red Thunder by a fellow healer from British Columbia, reflects on the nature of First Nations beliefs and culture."Its a good century to be First Nation, that's where I look at it cause I've seen a lot of ugliness in this world and the sweat; it gives me understanding, direction". After a long way through Sager has found his way toward the First Nation culture and now runs a Sweat Lodge himself in order to help anyone that would ask for it. Photo by Hélène Roth.

TIENDINAGA, Ont (28/11/15)_Ron Sager’s favourite chair faces a really spiritual wall as some pictures of elders stands their along the way with the Indian ten Commandments, Tiendinaga’s Flag and Ron’s long house ceremonial hat. Photo by Hélène Roth.


TIENDINAGA, Ont (28/11/15)_ Ron’s carves as a way to survive, his artworks are destinated to different purpose, some for the sake of art, other, for some ceremonial purposes. As a way to stay nearby his traditions he mostly tries on trading his work. Photo by Hélène Roth. 

TIENDINAGA, Ont (28/11/15)_The 10 Indian Commandments throne on the top of Ron’s Door as if it was a reminder. As Ron was explaining, the 1st nations’ culture is mainly base on respect, respect for others, yourself, the land. “It’s respect, that’s all it is like I said, there’s no big thing its respect, its respect for other living things, yourself and that’s it. You don’t need a degree, you don’t need anything, all you need is the willingness to say I’m gonna learn some respect”. Photo by Hélène Roth.

TIENDINAGA, Ont (29/11/15)_ Ron Sager’s House under a stary night. The aboriginal traditions is based on respect, the respect of nature and our surroundings, the respect and acceptation on why the way things are. Ron explains "The one thing we're told is no matter how bad things are everything is exactly where its suppose to be in this place in time, we are starnations, its says all life come from out there, that’s what my teaching say." Photo by Hélène Roth.
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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (22/11/2015) – Ayako Fukuyama is happily stretching with jump exercises in a group class at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada while thinking on a Saturday morning. Fukuyama dreams to be a professional ballet dancer since she saw one for the first time at 6 years old. She discovered this form of fine arts in her hometown Tochigi, in Japan. Photo by Audrey Caron, Loyalist College

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (22/11/2015) – In an early morning class, Ayako Fukuyama is warming up her muscles  at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Originally from Japan, Fukuyama moved to Canada three years ago. She is now in grade 12 and is part of the Dance Program at the Centennial Secondary School. Photo by Audrey Caron, Loyalist College

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (21/11/2015) – One of the strengths of Ayako Fukuyama as a ballet dancer is her ability to do high jumps and she was delighted to practice them during a small class rehearsing for the Nutcracker production at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Ayako Fukuyama dreams to be a professional ballet dancer and to join the Royal Ballet Company in London, England. Coming from Japan to study ballet at the QBSC, Fukuyama is a hard working teenager  who has set for herself clear goals in order to pursue her dream with excellency. Photo by Audrey Caron, Loyalist College

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (21/11/2015) – After rehearsing a demanding solo performance for the Nutcracker Suite production at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Ayako Fukuyama is feeling dizzy and tired. The end of the performance she just finished was involving many rapid spinning movements. On the day before, she had a flu shot causing her more tiredness. However, during all her practice she was smiling and gracefully dancing. Photo by Audrey Caron, Loyalist College  

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (21/11/2015) - Ayako Fukuyama is helping out her pairs during a costume fitting for the production of the Nutcraker of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. The costumes are created at the QBSC by talented volunteers. In the QBSC's professional program, teeangers such as Ayako Fukuyama, are taking very seriously their dream to become a professional ballerina. Very few aspirant ballet dancers find their way in this highly competitive and exclusive industry. Photo by Audrey Caron, Loyalist College

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (25/11/2015) - Ayako Fukuyama and Wiliam Steers are having a good time in their English class at the Centennial Secondary School. Fukuyama and Steers are dancing together for the production of the Nutcraker coming on Dec. 12, 2015. As a result, they end up frequently doing the same thing at the same time. CSS and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada are working together for providing quality education to students in the professional ballet program. Photo by Audrey Caron, Loyalist College
Again this essay had a few stronger pictures in it. The girls helping each other get ready is a great moment – although cropped poorly in my opinion. Apart from maybe the classroom photo, I liked the consistent look and feel. It could have been padded out with one or two more solid detail photos. 

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CALEDON, Ont. (29/11/15)— Members, temporary residents and guests of Whole Village Ecovillage & Intentional Community gather for a communal meal in between work sessions. Whole Village hosts an event called Worker Bees twice monthly, inviting others in to see what they are all about, volunteer a bit around the farm, and enjoy a fresh, organic, home-cooked meal. This work is a mini view of the broader, completed photo story about intentional community on an ecovillage, focused mainly on the theme of family in community. Photo by Hannah Lawson

CALEDON, Ont. (14/11/15)— The main residence building at Whole Village called Greenhaven. In 2002 a group of people, the original founders of Whole Village, came together with a common vision of living intentionally in community and farming biodynamically. After jumping through many legal hoops and discarding many design possibilities, the building permit for Greenhaven was received in 2004. It was constructed using a variety of green methods, such as solar siting and passive solar, plenty of natural lighting including skylights, a geothermal heating system, extra insulation and natural materials. Although the community is careful about electricity consumption, they are not off the grid. Photo by Hannah Lawson

CALEDON, Ont. (29/11/15)— Marcel Pijper prepares breakfast for his two children Simon and Evelyn in Greenhaven's shared kitchen. The common space is a busy place, with individual members and various families bustling in and out constantly. Lots of laughter and community conversations occur in this shared space. Photo by Hannah Lawson

CALEDON, Ont. (15/11/15)— From left, Symon Pijper, a visiting friend and Mila Dickie play in the kids room at Whole Village, which branches off from the common kitchen, so that parents and other adults can supervise while working. Parenting is also a community activity at Whole Village, with each individual contributing to the lives of each child in unique ways. Photo by Hannah Lawson 
CALEDON, Ont. (15/11/15)— From left, Symon Pijper, a visiting friend and Mila Dickie play in the kids room at Whole Village, which branches off from the common kitchen, so that parents and other adults can supervise while working. Parenting is also a community activity at Whole Village, with each individual contributing to the lives of each child in unique ways. Photo by Hannah Lawson

CALEDON, Ont. (29/11/15)— Marcel Pijper (right) secures three of the community's children on a hay bale while they rest from the mulching work they have been doing all morning. Two of the children are his own, while Mila (facing back) is community member Katyna's daughter. Photo by Hannah Lawson

CALEDON, Ont. (29/11/15)— Evelyn Pijper is given a small handful of hay by her father to spread over the strawberry patch. Parents at Whole Village are constantly busy supervising their own children as well as kids from other families, attempting to keep the children busy, and trying to be contributing members themselves. Photo by Hannah Lawson

CALEDON. Ont. (29/11/15)— Simon Pijper plays in a dismantled hay bale. For a young child, living at Whole Village presents a plethora of play opportunities. Photo by Hannah Lawson

CALEDON, Ont. (29/11/15)— Marcel Pijper and Jon Gagnon, videographer for Whole Village, take community children Mila, Symon and Evelyn for a joy ride in a wagon. The children have just helped the adults during a worker bees session, and are going in for some rest and nourishment. Photo by Hannah Lawson

CALEDON, Ont. (29/11/15)— Mila Dickie pauses on her way inside for lunch to check out the action behind her. Whole Village is the only home four year-old Dickie has ever known. Photo by Hannah Lawson

The Ecovillage has a lot of essay potential, but this group of photos isn’t quite there yet. Other than the group prayer at the dinner table, which is great (maybe I would have put the window to my back) I don’t get the cooperative vibe and I don’t see any other solid, possible stand-alones.
   
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BELLEVILLE, Ont.  -- Veteran drag queen Miss Manhattan, aka Bill, backstage during the Showgirls Drag Show at the Belle Pub on Friday, September 25, 2015. "[My first time] I was hooked, I could convert from boy to girl, and be whoever I want. I was very shy as a boy and putting a face and hair on made me outgoing, I didn't have to be shy anymore. I could be whoever I wanted". Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

KINGSTON, Ont.  -- Nov. 17, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, right, walks with husband David Harper and their dog Honey down their street in Kingston, Ont. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. "Drag lets me be whoever I want to be, whenever I feel like it. It's freedom," says Bouleau, "I can change who I am with just a wig." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

KINGSTON, Ont.  -- Dec. 1, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, and mother Donna Robinson, right, and husband David Harper, at their home in Kingston, Ont. Robinson often works the door selling tickets, and watches every one of her son's shows. "I've always supported my son," says Robinson, "My church wanted him to change and I said he's fine the way he is." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

KINGSTON, Ont.  -- Nov. 27, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, applies makeup to his drag mother, Don Dynasty Star. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. "Drag lets me be whoever I want to be, whenever I feel like it. It's freedom," says Bouleau, "I can change who I am with just a wig." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

KINGSTON, Ont.  -- Nov. 27, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, left, gets help with his wardrobe from husband David Harper at their home in Kingston, Ont. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. "Drag lets me be whoever I want to be, whenever I feel like it. It's freedom," says Bouleau, "I can change who I am with just a wig." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

KINGSTON, Ont.  -- Nov. 27, 2015. Donna Robinson, mother of Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, chats with her son's protege drag king Alex Stud-Lee in her kitchen in Kingston, Ont. prior to a show.  Robinson is at ever one of her son's shows, and usually works at the door selling tickets. "I've always supported my son," says Robinson, "My church wanted him to change and I said he's fine the way he is." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

BELLEVILLE, Ont.  -- Nov. 27, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, backstage at a show in Belleville, Ont. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. "Drag lets me be whoever I want to be, whenever I feel like it. It's freedom," says Bouleau, "I can change who I am with just a wig." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

BELLEVILLE, Ont.  -- Nov. 27, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, backstage at a show in Belleville, Ont. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. "Drag lets me be whoever I want to be, whenever I feel like it. It's freedom," says Bouleau, "I can change who I am with just a wig." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

BELLEVILLE, Ont.  -- Nov. 27, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, watches as his young protege drag king, Alex Stud-Lee performs at a show in Belleville, Ont. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. "Drag lets me be whoever I want to be, whenever I feel like it. It's freedom," says Bouleau, "I can change who I am with just a wig." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

ALMONTE, Ont.  -- Nov. 7, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, left, holds hands with drag mother Don Dynasty Star, right, backstage at a drag show commemorating their drag grandmother. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. Drag mothers are like mentors in the drag world, teaching younger queens how to act, dance, sing apply makeup and dress. Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

ALMONTE, Ont.  -- Nov. 7, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, stands alone while the younger drag queens get ready backstage at a drag sow in Almonte, Ont. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. "These new Queens are doing things so different," says Bouleau, "I can't do the stuff they do, the acrobatics, bouncing up and down in six-inch heels." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

BELLEVILLE, Ont.  -- Nov. 27, 2015. Bill Bouleau, aka Miss Manhattan, after finishing a number at a show in Belleville, Ont. Bouleau is a social worker who also happens to be a drag queen of over 20 years. "Drag lets me be whoever I want to be, whenever I feel like it. It's freedom," says Bouleau, "I can change who I am with just a wig." Photo by Andrew C. Johnson

See if you can stick with these fellas, Andrew. There are photos and a story there I just don’t feel it in this essay. The best frame is the one where Bill looks old and tired and the young drag queens are getting ready in the next room. Perhaps the essay could/should go in that direction? Veteran vs. rookie? 

RESULTS

400 - Beatrice Serdon +125
385 - Marissa Tiel +185
360 - Zachary Prong  +100
345 - Charlie Vilagut 
345 - Hannah Lawson +35
235 - Nakita Krucker +100
210 - Phil McLachlan +100
200 - Audrey Caron +50
200 - Chris Donovan +50
180 - Andrew Johnson +20
175 - Isaac Paul 
125 - Curtis O'Connor 
110 - Hélèn Roth +110
100 - Emma Gardner 
95 - Elliot Gould +45
25 - Callum Rutherford +25


Points
Points are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mentions.
1st place - 100
2nd place - 50
3d place - 25
HM - 10