February & March 2015 Results

Marta Iwanek (@martaiwanek), a Toronto Star photographer, was the judge for February 2015 Photos of the Month.

Judge's comments: I would strongly encourage all students, first and second years to submit to POM. Not only do you get your work seen by different people in the industry, but it’s also a great way to review your past month and see what you liked and where you can improve.

Entry Stats:
Photographers - 9
Feature - 18
News - 11
Portrait - 19
Sports - 12
Multiple Pictures - 4 entries

FEATURE
Judge's comments: Most features are either of a found moment and/ or have strong graphic elements. I found that in many of the entries, there was neither. Sometimes the person did find a nice graphic element, however they didn't wait long enough for a moment to happen. If you find something you like, stick with it for a while.

1. The first place photo is a nice moment showing the anticipation of a musician backstage before his performance. The blue tones also nicely add to the mood. 

1. Zachary Prong
BELLEVILLE, Ont. (27/02/15) - Blair Yarranton, a trumpet player from Belleville, waits backstage before performing at the Empire Theatre in downtown Belleville. In addition to maintainig a busy performance schedule, Yarranton is a music educator who works mainly with children and teenagers. Photo by Zachary Prong

2. Not Awarded
3. Not Awarded

NEWS
Judge's comments: Even though news in a small town may not seem enticing, I would encourage students to still make an effort to try it. It’s a great challenge to try and make an interesting picture in situations that may not be so visual and it’s a good skill to have because not everything you get sent to will always be very visual. It also gets you out talking to people and this can lead to future stories down the road. You never know who you’ll meet and what their story is. The category overall was weak with few entries. The entries that were included needed to be more focused on a moment rather than a general view of the event.
1.  First place, you can empathize with the car owner in the photo.
2. Second place, grabbed my attention visually. 


1. Andrew Lahodynskyj
The father of a driver involved in a multi-vehicle crash surveys the damage to a vehicle while talking to emergency service workers at the scene of the accident. A call came in around 11:30 a.m. for the accident at the intersection of Highbury Ave and Killarney Rd in London, Ont. on Monday, March 16, 2015. The father arrived on scene after it occurred. Three people, including his daughter, were taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries. ANDREW LAHODYNSKYJ/ The London Free Press /QMI AGENCY

2. Andrew Johnson
STIRLING, Ont.  (2015-02-07) -- Supporters of the Ellie Project and Bella Ever After don the masks of the elephant in the room in support of efforts to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. From left to right, Daryl Kramp, MP for Prince Edward-Hastings, Jo-Anne Albert, Mayor of Tweed, Tammy Latchford, owner of Bella Ever After, Katie Marlin, creator of the Ellie Project, and Shawn Antoski, ex-NHL player and mental health advocate. Photo by Andrew Johnson
3. Not Awarded

PORTRAIT
Judge's comments: 
1. First place captured the person’s character. 
2. Second place, a solemn moment that also let’s the viewer see who this person is or what they are going through. 
3. Third place, not much of a moment, but interesting use of light.


1. Andrew Johnson
BELLEVILLE, Ont.  (2015-03-17) -- Josephine Danielle practices her performance in the mirror at home. Danielle has recently become open about being transgender says her dream is to be on stage. Photo by Andrew Johnson
2. Zachary Prong
BELLEVILLE, Ont. (28/03/15) - In August 2013 Kathy Keenan's son Christopher passed away. He was 29 years old. Christopher suffered from uncontrollable epilepsy, a condition that left him unable to talk by the age of three. “He was beautiful. He was bright,” says Kathy, “but he was lost in his own world. He was a child and he stayed a child.” Photo by Zachary Prong
3. Hannah Lawson
BELLEVILLE, Ont. (6/2/15)— Ian Gungner is a man of legendary adventures, no matter the weather, or any other restrictions. He is an outdoors man for sure, with a great love for winter camping and hiking. Photo by Hannah Lawson
SPORTS
Judge's comments: 
1. First place was a clean capture of a peak moment. 
2. Second place, was an interesting, different view of a very popular sport. The person’s expression and body language say a lot and the photographer zeroed in on that which is good. 

1. Marissa Tiel
MARKHAM, Ont. (01/02/15) --- Canadian Oliver Vikalo plays tight defense against the Brazilian team in the gold medal game during the UANA Water Polo Cup Sunday Feb. 1, 2015. Canada won the game 8-6 at the Atos Pan Am/ Para Pan Am Markham Centre. Photo by Marissa Tiel

2. Nakita Krucker
BRANTFORD Ont. (21/03/15) - Durst plays out his role as the loser in this round against Mr. Atlantis. Losing is a role that you sometimes have to play along with, especially as an rookie in the world of pro-wrestling. Not only does he have to take the hit but he has to remain in his stage persona as he makes his 'disgraced' exit. Photo by Nakita Krucker

3. Not Awarded

MULTIPLE PICTURES
Judge's comments: 
1. This picture story has a lot of potential, but isn’t there yet. The photographer has done a good job capturing storytelling moments. For instance, I can feel the support and encouragement in the hugging photo without ever having to read the caption. The body language says it all. I hope the photographer continues to follow this story and branches out to cover more aspects of this person’s life.

1. Andrew Johnson
BELLEVILLE, Ont.  (2015-03-17) -- Josephine Danielle practices her performance in the mirror at home. Danielle has recently become open about being transgender says her dream is to be on stage.

BELLEVILLE, Ont.  (2015-01-23) -- Josephine Danielle (c) gets wardrobe help backstage from fellow drag queen Lily Landers (l) inbetween performances at the Belle Pub in Belleville. 

BELLEVILLE, Ont.  (2015-01-23) -- Josephine Danielle (l) receives a tip from fellow drag queen Lily Landers (r) during her first ever drag performance since becoming publicly transgender. 

BELLEVILLE, Ont.  (2015-01-23) -- Josephine Danielle (l) receives congratulations from veteran drag performer Lily Landers (r) after her first ever drag performance since becoming publicly transgender.

2. Not Awarded
3. Not Awarded

Points Awarded
885 - Andrew Lahodynskyj
850 - Andrew Johnson
625 - Zachary Prong
475 - Amanda Cheung 
435 - Hannah Lawson
420 - Franki Ikeman
300 - Maggie Naylor
285 - Gabrielle Smith
200 - Micah Bond
150 - Dillan Cools
150 - Andrew Meade 
125 - Amanda Paulhus
125 - Hannah Eden
125 - Annie Sakkab
110 - Elaine Bombay 
110 - Tristan Urry
110 - Bradley Ruszkowski
100 - Graeme Murphy
100 - Alyssa Lloyd
100 - Marissa Tiel
75 - Nakita Krucker
50 - Julia Rhebergen
50 - Brian Cannon
50 - Jeremy McKay
25 - Thomas Surian
25 - Helene Roth
10 - Gretchen Chi
10 - Charlie Vilagut

January 2015 Results

Mike Aporius (@aporius), the Director of Photography and Multimedia for the Winnipeg Free Press, was judge for the January 2015 Photos of the Month Contest.

FEATURE

Judges Comments

Generally tough to judge as it’s not a clearly defined category.  No third place.

1.     like the angle.
2.     like the dog.

1.  Elaine Bombay


BELLEVILLE, Ont. (20/01/2015)-Quantum, a male Bengal cat, sits on April MacFarland's back.  MacFarland, who owns three cats, a dog, several turtles and some fish, says she can't imagine life without animals.She believes that having pets also teaches her children responsibility. Photo by Elaine Bombay

2.  Amanda Paulhus


BELLEVILLE, Ont. (01/06/2014) Tammy Yeotes is the owner of Yuppy Puppys, a dog groomers business in Belleville. Yeotes began her own business 3 years ago. She had been laid off of her two previous jobs and decided she would rather be her own boss. Photo by Amanda Paulhus

3. Not Awarded.

NEWS


Judges Comments

This is always a tough category for students, because you’re not on the road like a full-time staffer.  A good news sense is crucial for good photos, and that only comes with experience.

No third place.  Everything else didn’t fit the category or just didn’t make the cut.

1. Good work in isolating one element while still being loose enough to show the environment.2. Interesting image from a staged event.  Again…it’s intriguing.


1. Andrew Lahodynskyj


TORONTO, Ont. (11/01/15) - A young girl proudly raises the French flag during a solidarity rally at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Jan. 11, 2015. Hundreds of people gathered to show their support for the victims of the recent tragedies in Paris.  Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj

2. Amanda Paulhus



BELLEVILLE, Ont. (09/01/15) Instructor Craig Gerow makes his way through the water back towards shore during the Belleville Fire Department's ice rescue training procedure took place on the Bay of Quinte Friday, January 9th. Gerow is one of two instructors who teaches in ice and water safety. Photo by Amanda Paulhus

3.  Not Awarded.

Portraits

Judges Comments

Look for good moments that tell a story about that person…or intrigue the viewer. And don’t shy away from playing with light when things fall flat. Lighting in itself can really help illustrate the personality.

1. This deserves first purely because it got my attention and made me want to know more. It’s intriguing. Nice work.
2. Good moment. Could use some burning around the edges.
3. Good moment. Shows personality.

1.  Zachary Prong


BELLEVILLE, Ont. (14/01/15) - “After I gave birth I didn’t feel like a woman anymore, I was just a mother and I always felt so tired. It’s only now that I am starting to feel like a woman again.” Akiko Mayama, who’s son is three, on being a mother. Photo by Zachary Prong.

2. Andrew Johnson


BELLEVILLE, Ont.  (2015-01-23) -- Veteran drag performer Dixie Landers warms up prior to the Showgirls: Uncensored. Over a hundred people filled the Belle Pub downtown for the 19+ event, which was sponsored by Pride in the Park and in support of Hastings and Prince Edward county pride events. Photo by Andrew Johnson

3. Amanda Cheung


BELLEVILLE, Ont. 06/01/2015 - Marina Boretski, owner of Boretski Gallery in downtown Belleville, Ont. poses with articles of vintage clothing on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Boretski collects and sells antiques and vintage clothing and accessories. Her love for these items started in her teenage years and has continued as her business passes its decade mark. Photo by Amanda Cheung.

SPORTS

Judges Comments

Think tighter for sports. Like any other image, sports images tell a story. If there is something in your frame that doesn’t add to the story, crop it out or find another image.






1. Great shot. Solid action with expressions on both dog and human.
2. Needs a hard crop off both sides and a shallower depth of field, but it still works as peak battle action.
3. Definitely needs a crop of the right side/top/bottom, but it’s the best out of what was left in the category.

1. Gabrielle Smith





MARMORA, Ont. (31/01/2015) Karen Koehler and her three dogs compete in the 4-mile skijoring race at Marmora SnoFest on Jan 31. Koehler competed in multiple events at SnoFest and finished first in this race. Photo by Gabrielle Smith

2. Andrew Johnson

BATAWA, Ont.  (2015-01-25) -- David Vandertoorn (r) poke checks during the CFB Trenton Pond Hockey Classic in Batawa, Ontario. The tournament is held in support of Soldier On and the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Photo by Andrew Johnson

3. Andrew Lahodynskyj




BELLEVILLE, Ont. (7/01/15) - Belleville Bulls goalie Charlie Graham watches as he gloves the puck during a game against the Windsor Spitfire at Yardmen Arena on Jan. 7, 2015. The Bulls rallied in the second period scoring  five goals, but managed to lose in overtime with a final score of 6-5. Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj

MULTIPLE PICTURES

1.  Not Awarded.
2.  Not Awarded.
3.  Not Awarded.

Points Awarded
785 - Andrew Lahodynskyj
600 - Andrew Johnson
475 - Amanda Cheung
475 - Zachary Prong
420 - Franki Ikeman
410 - Hannah Lawson
300 - Maggie Naylor
285 - Gabrielle Smith
200 - Micah Bond
150 - Dillan Cools
150 - Andrew Meade
125 - Amanda Paulhus
125 - Hannah Eden
125 - Annie Sakkab
110 - Elaine Bombay
110 - Tristan Urry
110 - Bradley Ruszkowski
100 - Graeme Murphy
100 - Alyssa Lloyd
50 - Julia Rhebergen
50 - Brian Cannon
50 - Jeremy McKay
25 - Nakita Krucker
25 - Thomas Surian
25 - Helene Roth
10 - Gretchen Chi
10 - Charlie Vilagut

December 2014 Results

Justin Tang (@jtwittah), freelance photographer based in Ottawa, ON, was the judge for November 2014 Photos of the Month.

Entry Stats:
Photographers - 7
Feature - 3
News - 8
Portrait - 3 
Sports - 1
Multiple Pictures - 2 entries

FEATURE
Judge's comments: Nice weather feature with good timing! Photographer could consider a tighter crop/longer focal length to bring in the right 2/3 of the frame, as this is where the image really shines. (IPTC info was blank!)

1. Tristan Urry

2. Not Awarded
3. Not Awarded

NEWS
Judge's comments: 
1. A nice moment that sums up a news event. The subject’s tears introduce an emotional element, further drawing in the viewer. The crop is a bit tight; an angle that included other protesters could have added more context for scale. Of course this is not always possible, but the subject’s identity would have been nice to have. I would love to read a personal note on the story behind the man’s tears.
2. Good work to the photographer in capturing an unfortunate spot news event as it unfolded.

1. Franki Ikeman
WASHINGTON, DC (13/12/14) - A demonstrator raises his fist in solidarity at a rally in the Capitol of the United States, Washington DC, on Sat. Dec. 13, 2014. The march, organized by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, and led by the families of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown, was in protest of police violence after the recent verdicts to not indict the police killers of Brown and Garner. Photo by Franki Ikeman

2. Andrew Johnson
BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (1/12/14) -- A fatal collision involving a dump truck which careened over the median heading westbound on the 401 near Bowmanville occurred closing down both directions of the highway. The driver, who died as a result, was thrown from the vehicle as it plowed through the median and overturned, bursting into flames. Photo by Andrew Johnson

3. Not Awarded

PORTRAIT
Judge's comments: Photographers should be reading the descriptions of the categories as mentioned in the rules, and check their photos against this. Of the three images entered, only one fit the category of a portrait/personality.

1. Not Awarded
2. Not Awarded
3. Not Awarded

SPORTS

1. Not Awarded
2. Not Awarded
3. Not Awarded

MULTIPLE PICTURES
Judge's comments: 
1. Nice idea, a good way to document this protest. The photographer could consider tightening the edit to help tell the story. The images that stand out are the tight images that focus on the faces of the protesters. Tightening the composition to be consistent in this way across the package could help. Just an idea. (IPTC info was incomplete in pix b to i!)
2. A good start to this one. Lots of nice frames of the trucker/student/dad in action. Again, knowing what narrative you're trying to share can help inform what pictures you need. I'd love to learn more about who Connors is. We learn from the pix that he's a trucker, but the details about leaving school and supporting his family aren't shown. Once these moments are captured, the edit can be tightened to eliminate repetitive images (eg. 02, 07, 08, and 09 are different images, but say a similar thing).

WASHINGTON, D.C. (13/12/14) - Thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 13, 2014 in protest of the recent police killings of unarmed black men. These are some of the faces of those who stand for their rights. Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj 









2. Andrew Meade
Tony Connors has been driving transport trucks around Canada and the United States for the past 25 years. Connors took a hiatus from driving to pursue a BA in political science at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB but had to return to his former job to support his family. Above, Connors creeps around the yard at Sobey’s warehouse in Debert, NS on Dec. 20, 2014. Photo by Andrew Meade
Connors fills up his truck at a truckstop in Lincoln, NB before heading to Moncton, NB the night of Dec. 20, 2014. Photo by Andrew Meade 
Trucks are lined up against loading bays at Sobey’s warehouse in Debert, NS, Dec. 20, 2014. Photo by Andrew Meade 
A sign points towards shipping and recieving inside the Sobey’s warehouse in Debert, NS on Dec. 20, 2014. Photo by Andrew Meade
Sleeping quarters are tight in Connors’ rig. The double sleeper cab houses a double bed shown above. Photo by Andrew Meade
Connors troubleshoots an issue with his electronic logbook. After driving with paper logbooks for years Connors had to learn how to use an electronic system that is prone to glitches. Photo by Andrew Meade
Connors closes the doors to his trailer before leaving Debert, NS for another pick up in Moncton, NB. Photo by Andrew Meade
Connors cranks up the stand on a trailer in the yard at the Sobey’s warehouse in Debert, NS. Photo by Andrew Meade
              Connors connects a trailer to his truck. Photo By Andrew Meade
Hours and mileage are now logged by drivers on electronic logbooks. Connors sets his up before leaving for another pick up in Moncton, NB on Dec 20, 2014. Photo by Andrew Meade
Connors heads to the Cobequid Pass outside of Oxford, NS from Debert, NS on Dec. 20, 2014. Photo by Andrew Meade 
Garbage collects as stops are only for the most necessary things. Photo by Andrew Meade
Connors’ truck heads along the highway on an empty section of Highway Two between Fredericton and Woodstock, NB. Photo by Andrew Meade
Points Awarded
660 - Andrew Lahodynskyj
500 - Andrew Johnson
450 - Amanda Cheung
420 - Franki Ikeman
410 - Hannah Lawson
375 - Zachary Prong
300 - Maggie Naylor
200 - Micah Bond
185 - Gabrielle Smith
150 - Dillan Cools
150 - Andrew Meade
125 - Hannah Eden
125 - Annie Sakkab
110 - Tristan Urry
110 - Bradley Ruszkowski
100 - Graeme Murphy
100 - Alyssa Lloyd
50 - Julia Rhebergen
50 - Brian Cannon
50 - Jeremy McKay
25 - Nakita Krucker
25 - Thomas Surian
25 - Amanda Paulhus
25 - Helene Roth
10 - Elaine Bombay
10 - Gretchen Chi
10 - Charlie Vilagut