September Results for P.O.M.

The September edition of Photo of the Month was judged by CPOY award winner and Loyalist grad Chris Donovan. Instagram 


1. FEAsepAPR1

TORONTO, Ont. (20/09/17) - Members of the Toronto FC fan group Inebriatti hold their breath as they watch a TFC attack on the Montreal Impact. Photo by Andrew Ryan


TORONTO, ONT (09/24/17) — A women is seen enjoying the the late summer sun in downtown Toronto. Toronto has experienced a cool and wet summer in 2017, which included flooding of the popular Toronto Island beaches. photo by yader guzman

3. FEAsepAXI2

KINGSTON, Ont. (29/09/17) — 11th Squadron Officer Cadet Hudson Cook crawls underneath cam-net in the Sandbag Carry. During this obstacle, Squadrons must run through tires and underneath cargo nets before completing the obstacle. Photography by Andrej Ivanov


TORONTO, ONT (09/30/17) — Hannah Clarke peers into the Glory Hole Gallery art exibit at Glad Days bookshop and cafe during Nuit Blanche in downtown Toronto. photo by yader guzman


First - Great moment. You can feel the tension of the main subject in his epxression and the way he is holding his partner. Well Framed.

Second - Great composition and attention to light on the part of the photographer.

Third - Nice to see something a bit different from the ubiquitous RMC training photos. Good job getting in close and good framing with the boot and the head.

HM - Great job by the photographer to recognize good light and take advantage of that. Has a nice element of mystery


Nothing awarded. Entries were not entered in the correct category.


1. SPTsepAPR1

TORONTO, Ont. (09/09/17) - Sebastian Giovinco battles with Victor Bernardez of the San Jose Earthquake. 

2. SPTsepMari_Hari

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (23/09/17) — Fleming Kights player trying to catch the rugby ball. Photo by Mari Hiramoto

3. SPTsepAPR3

TORONTO, Ont. (30/09/17) - Toronto FC celebrates securing the Supporter's Shield after defeating the New York Red Bulls 4-2. Photo by Andrew Ryan


First - Great expression on the San Jose player that makes the image.

Second - Nice framing, brings me into the game.

Third - Good moment and expresssions but I think the framing is off. Could definitely use a crop because the head and camera take up too much of the frame. 



1. PRTsepAPR1

MADOC, Ont. (16/09/17) - Hailey Neuman, a single mother, said she doesn't go to parties, like a lot of her friends, so that she can spend time with her dad Mark working on her derby car. 


TORONTO, ONT. (09/24/2017) — Clive Smith, 34, was wounded in an IED attack in Afghanistan. Smith is in Toronto representing the UK at the 3rd Invictus Games. These are the 2nd games for Smith who says the games “provide routine, like we had in the military. Our sense of belonging is restored, back with my military guys.” Photo by yader guzman


First - This image has done everything a portrait should do. It makes me wonder about her life and gives me just enough insight in her gaze to keep wondering. Light is great, I suggest all students make it a habit of going out at this time of day and making some portraits.

Second - I like the body language in this one. Background gives it kind of a gritty feel, but I also find how close he is to the wall a bit awkward - just personal preference. 


No winners, The only entry was made up of pics from an event. If you are going to make a photo story around an even, every photo should add a significant element to the story.


Andrew Ryan +325
Yader Guzman +110
Andrej Ivanov +25
Mari Huramoto +50

Andrew Ryan - 850
Andrej Ivanov - 175
Yader Guzman - 110
Mari Huramoto - 50
Amy Walton - 25

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

Summer Results for P.O.M.

This summer edition of Photo of the Month was judged by Fred Lum, of the Globe and Mail. 


1. FEAsumAPR2

BATHURST, N.B. (24/06/17) - Dennis Lavigne grabs and sorts lobsters in the traps as fast as he can. Lavigne, works on a rented boat with the Peter-Paul family who started lobster fishing five years ago when the market was down. Photo: Andrew Ryan

SHANNONVILLE, Ont. (08/04/17) - Zack Winhold drifts his imported Japanese, purpose-built drift car on the Shannonville track on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. It took Winhold and his friends close to four years to build his Nissan S14 before he could finally drift it on track. After overcoming a mountain biking injury Winhold turned to drifting as a way to have fun without having to deal with as many injuries. Photo: Andrew Ryan

3. FEAsumAPR3

BATHURST, N.B. (24/06/17) -  Dennis Lavigne looks through one of the Peter-Paul family's 300 lobster traps on the Bay of Chaleur. Photo: Andrew Ryan


First - Like placement of elements in this composition. Eye moves from right to left following lobster fisherman -> trap -> ocean. Is he pulling lobsters or about to throw back undersized or by catch. I wonder if going bit wider would put the viewer in the mind space of being out on a vast ocean = feeling small in the world. A bit of selective post processing would emphasize the main elements in the photo (ie- the centre with the lobster and fisherman’s face)

Second - Interesting point of view. Good to get inside for a passenger’s look at drifting. Looking at the idea of drifting, I’m wondering again if a slower shutter would have better imparted the feel of drifting. Maybe the steering wheel being turned ? Getting inside the car was a good idea nonetheless.

Third - Really like the contrast between the yellow trap and the murky blue sky and boat deck. A working lobster boat deck can be a crazy place to work but possibly a lower angle might have been worth trying, possibly with some movement, if the photographer didn’t try that. There’s being economical on assignments, but there’s also leaving the safe shot to try another angle because theres nothing worse than looking at the edit later and thinking they should have grabbed a few more photos.


1. NEWsumAPR2

Valerie Laforest, 12 right, and Mahée Arsenaux, 9 left, use their noise makers during the Acadian day Tintamarre. The Tintamarre is marked by Acadian making as much noise as possible by hitting pots and pans a tradition meant to remind the British settlers of their existence. Photo: Andrew Ryan/The Northern Light


TORONTO, Ont. (20/06/17) — George McIntyre stands in front of the crowd of attendees at the Toronto Candlelight AIDS Vigil at Barbara Hall Park in Toronto's Church Wellesley Village on Jun. 20, 2017. A few hundred people gathered at the park for a candle light vigil in memory of those lost to AIDS.

École secondaire Nepisiguit graduate Bruno Haché opens the door for Kassandra Duguay on prom night in Bathurst. It's not uncommon for high school graduates to show up to prom in outlandish vehicles--from tractor trailers to hot-rods.  Photo: Andrew Ryan/The Northern Light

First place - Showed good composition and placement of elements within the frame. I like all the different lines running throughout the photo. Bit of a nit, but cropping out the small white triangle at bottom left  and red bit at top would remove very slightly distracting objects. There are times to leave frames a bit messy but this is not one.

Second - Nice moment with backlight and out of focus rain on the lens echo the shape of the umbrellas and strong lights. I’d like to have seen the photographer take a risk and slow the shutter down more so the rain comes down in longer streaks.

Third - It’s odd that we don’t see the entire vehicle since that’s the premise of the prom night but the expression of the girl in the car leaves me wondering what she’s thinking and makes this photo work. The hand reaching creates some anticipation. Are these two prom dates and he’s going to be a gentleman and open the door for her ?


1. SPTsumAPR1

Cjay Good, 6, argues with teammate Justin Ward, 7, at the season opener of the Chaleur Soccer Club under 8 league. Cjay's Parents are Stephanie and Craig Good from Beresford.  Photo: Andrew Ryan/The Northern Light

2. SPTsumAPR2
BATHURST, N.B. (08/07/17) -  Bathurst Red Sox pitch during sunset at the city's baseball diamond. Photo: Andrew Ryan/The Northern Light

3. SPTSeptWal1
KINGSTON Ont. (16/09/2017) Jake Hollet (racer #42) passes his competitors in the Modified Lawn Mower Race at the Kingston Fair and places first. He's a resident of Kingston, 21 years old and has been competing in races for 6 years.

Straight up, this was a very weak category image wise and entry wise. Only 3 ?

First - The hand coming from right totally makes this photo since it echoes the children’s gestures.  Love the expression on the one kid who appears to be debating or arguing something. Good eye getting all the elements together at the right moment. Having said that...Cropping.Command Z is your friend. The swing and person at left should have been cropped out. It adds nothing to the photo and is distracting and photographer should have caught this. Losing those elements would have made a much stronger photo. So again, try a crop and if it doesn’t work…Command Z ;)

Second - This was the golden hour and that light is great. Some judicious post processing (marquee, feather and levels/ curves) would focus the eyes back to the pitcher​ at centre left at. Find the key part of the photo and try to emphasize that. It’s dark and loses attention to the right side which is brighter, but nothing is going on there. I understand people are very spooked about how far to post process but this is when you ask other students or faculty about the lines that can’t be crossed.

Third - The subject is in focus. The composition leaves much to be desired however. Photo feels awkward since the subject is leaving the frame with empty space to the left. While I’m not always big on rules, action should be moving TOWARDS something in the frame, not exiting. Perhaps showing a wider view including other lawn mower racers would have brought more to the photo vs tight shot of one competitor. 


1. PRTAugAI1

MONTREAL, Qc. (26/05/17) — Singer-songwriter Lou Laurence plays a guitar while posing for a portrait in Montreal's Mile End.


Justy Molinares hangs in her anti-gravity yoga hammock at Studio Aero X in downtown Bathurst. Photo: Andrew Ryan/The Northern Light

3. PRTsumAPR1
BATHURST, N.B. (24/06/17) -  Claude Boucher poses for a portrait while fishing for flat fish. Boucher fishes regularly on Youghall beach in Bathurst.  Photo: Andrew Ryan/The Northern Light

First - Good portrait and not the usual static posed photo. Once again, cropping rears its ugly head. That sliver of wall on the left should have been cleaved off. It’s distracting and tries to draw attention away from the singer. Some slight post processing to even out the photograph would add some balance for me. I really appreciate that the subject doesn’t claim the entire frame and that this is a very enviro portrait showing something about the subject. Very well done.

Second - Haha. Good expression and a unique positioning of the subject. The hanging fabric gives us an important clue as to why the subject is upside down. A bit of curves/ levels on the face would draw the viewer to the subject but that’s not major. Good job looking for something different.

Third - Clean portrait, nothing distracting. Would it have been better tighter ? Not sure. Good job to make sure the subject’s face doesn’t get lost with the hood pulled up. Good tones overall.


No Entries.


One.single. entry. 

Strangely, only one photo in a Multi Pic category. Don’t know if it was a mistake/ tech error uploading or not but it’s disheartening to see this category with such poor representation. Multi pics are where a photographer can show how they see and process stories and if they can break it down into individual parcels to form something whole.

Andrew Ryan +525
Andrej Ivanov +150
Amy Walton +25


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

February Results for P.O.M.

This edition of Photo of the Month was judged by Mike Aporius of the Winnipeg Free Press. Instagram  Twitter


WIARTON, Ont. (18/02/17) - Two years ago, Ryan Deska (29) began building a cabin on land found south of the Bruce Peninsula. Off-grid living has become a kind of nostalgic yet necessary phenomenon, with many people seeking an alternative, self-sustainable way of life. This accomplishment has nourished Deska, and the process of building it himself, with the help of his family and a few friends, has inspired him to lead a lifestyle that he can be proud of. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli

(02/12/2017) BELLEVILLE, Ont. - A resident of downtown Belleville shovels the sidewalk in front of his house during a blizzard. Photo: Chris Donovan 

3. FEAJanCGD02
(02/11/2017) PICTON, Ont. - About 30 men and women braved sub-zero temperatures in the buff to compete in Picton’s annual shitless ice fishing competition. Photo: Chris Donovan 
Easy first place for a couple reasons. I was drawn into the mystery. I was curious what this was all about. And it had a FULL caption to fill in the blanks. I found many photos submitted didn’t even have names of the subjects.
One of my biggest pet peeves is “A man walks down the street…” “A youngster jumps in the puddle…”
Names are so important for local media outlets. These nameless people are the people we serve.
That said…this photo got me on multiple levels and left me wanting to know more.

Good composition/movement/mood.
I almost discarded it because of the lack of name though…almost.

Quirky photo with visual layers. The caption could use a proof read though as this is labeled as a ‘shitless’ ice fishing competition.

No HM.


1. NEWfebYAG8

TORONTO, Ont. (02/15/17) — A man salutes towards the podium at the “freedom rally” hosted by TheRebel, a right-wing media outlet at Canada Christian College in Toronto. The rally was held in response to motion m103, an anti-islamophobia motion proposed by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid. Photo by Yader Guzman


(02/02/2017) BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside of Belleville city hall to honour the lives lost in the shooting at the Quebec City mosque several days earlier. Photo: Chris Donovan 

3. No Third place.

NEWS (NEW) — Can be spot news, a picture of an unscheduled news event for which no advance planning was possible, or general news, a picture with serious content and strong human interest of a scheduled or organized news event.

A great example of being on the ball at all times. I’m not sure how long this ‘salute’ was up (I’ve seen multiple angles), but this is by far the best and most truthful photo of the bunch.
Photos can tell half-truths, so captions become even more important. Was this a Nazi salute or is it an homage to the Hunger Games?
Do your digging and add information to captions, even after you’ve submitted them. Always remember the journalist in photojournalist.

- genuine moment between these two women. I can assume I know what this is for, but there is zero caption information. It was bound for a second-place finish, but I have to discard it.

Good use of negative space to add weight to the composition. Well thought out. Nice work.



1. PTfebCGD02
(02/11/2017) BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Loyalist Lancer Faheem Mohammad dives for possession of the ball during the third quarter of a 86-76 loss at home to the Canadore Panthers. Photo: Chris Donovan


BELLEVILLE, Ont. (28/01/17) - Hannah Dossett waits to receive a serve from a La Cité Coyotes player on Jan. 28, 2017.  Photo by Andrew Ryan

3. SPTfebYAG1
BELLEVILLE, Ont (02/18/17) — The Loyalist Lancers women’s volleyball team celebrates a playoff win against the Mohawk Mountaineers. The team now advances to the OCAA championship tournament held in Windsor Ontario. Photo by Yader Guzman


OTTAWA, ONT. (03/03/2017) The two first skaters make their way down the ramp and over the first jump on the ice track. In a display of competition the American skater jumps overtop of his opponent to secure his position in first place. Photo By Colin Emerson

Excellent peak action in a poorly-lit gym. Not an easy feat!

Looking past peak action to capture something different is always refreshing. There is a real anticipation to this. 

I see a tonne of celebration photos, but you lucked out on this one with that player ducking her head. That’s a good example of being sharp and ready.

HM – SptFebCAEb
This is great action but too tight of a crop. The image is degraded too much…but I get the intent.
Not everyone has a 400 2.8 to play with.

***I really liked the aqua fit photo (SPTFebVGT2), but it shouldn’t have been in this category. If it was in feature, it would have placed.


WIARTON, Ont. (18/02/17) - Two years ago, Ryan Deska (29) began building a cabin south of the Bruce Peninsula. Off-grid living has become a way for people to find an alternative, sustainable way of life. This project has been nourishing for Deska, and the process has inspired him to lead a lifestyle that he can be proud of. It is still a work in progress, with each undertaking providing a new trial, a learning opportunity, and a reason to escape from the city for awhile. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (03/03/17) - Adele Dibben (84) winds down after an Aquafit class last Friday at the YMCA of Central East Ontario Belleville Branch. "I'll be 85 at the end of March! Can you believe I've been coming for 30 years?" she says. Aquafit is proven to be a beneficial workout for seniors, with the buoyancy of the water relieving joint pressure and muscle pain. At the YMCA on Friday mornings, the Aquafit classes are transformed into a sing-along workout by instructor Karen Smith. To end the class, Dibben relaxes to the soft music that has replaced the classic Elton John tunes, closes her eyes, and stretches. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli

3. PRTFebCGD02
(02/20/2017) SAINT JOHN, NB - Kim Atkinson, better known as “Kim Dylan,” plays some Bob Dylan tunes on a cold afternoon in uptown Saint John. “I’ll be going on tour before you know it,” said the busker who has been playing on Saint John streets for decades. Photo: Chris Donovan


A peaceful moment and environment that makes total sense for this character and story. Well done.

Another moment where it looks like the camera is invisible to the subject. That is something to always strive for.

Good light/framing. I would like to see a bit more of the guitar, but this still works as a solid portrait.

No HM.

*** Some missed opportunities in this category. Missing captions. Lack of names. Spelling mistakes.

These things look horrible in a portfolio and will not get you hired…no matter how good you are.

1) MPXdecCGD01

2) MPXfebCGD2

I was about to point out the lack of info provided on what the point of this story is, but the visuals work together for a pretty solid slice of life. It’s a great portrait of a town.
That said, it’s only a beginning. This is something you can go back to for years and follow. I see a lot of storytelling layers with it.
The foundation is definitely there.

There is a good variety of images here, but it lacks focus. This is all about the skin! And fish.
Everything else takes away from that.

No Third or HM. - where is everybody? Projects are where you should be shining.

I need to point out a couple things…

“VI. All entries must include a caption. The caption may be the original published caption or a freshly produced caption that clearly explains in 40 words or less what the picture shows (who, what, where, when and maybe why). Entries with incomplete or missing information may be excluded.”

There were many entries that had spelling errors or lacked information.
If you can’t enter proper information for a contest, what makes me think you can do it on the job?
People get written up for stuff like this, so I need to stress the importance of names, spelling and proper information. Anything less can damage the reputation of the outlet you’re working for.
So, don’t be shy. Ask people. Be journalists. door is always open for help.

Mike Aporius
Director of Photography/Multimedia
Winnipeg Free Press

Updated Points 2,245 - Chris Donovan (+400) 1,390 - Vanessa Tignanelli (+250) 595 - Andrew Ryan (+50) 520 - Noah Park 425 - Yader Guzman (+125) 220 - Bea Serdon
175 - Lori Christmas
110 - Colin Emerson(+10)
100 - Taylor Bertelink 60 - Raven McCoy
50 - Jonny Ludlow 50 - Liam Smyth 25 - Curtis O’Connor 20 - Aman Parhar (+20)

Past Points
1,845 - Chris Donovan 1,140 - Vanessa Tignanelli 545 - Andrew Ryan 520 - Noah Park 300 - Yader Guzman 220 - Bea Serdon 175 - Lori Christmas 100 - Colin Emerson 60 - Raven McCoy 50 - Jonny Ludlow 50 - Liam Smyth 25 - Curtis O’Connor 20 - Aman Parhar

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