SEPTEMBER Results for P.O.M

This Sept POM was judged by Hannah Yoon (a freelancer in Kitchener-Waterloo, while also working as a freelance photo editor for Maclean's) & Justin Chin (a full-time photo editor for Bloomberg in Hong Kong)

General comment: Biggest issue was not putting the right images in the right categories.

Please feel free to share my email to anyone if they wish to discuss any of their work further, not just limited to POM pix. Thanks and good luck to the rest of the year! -- Justin (justin@justinchin.ca)

FEATURE

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (09/15/16) — Three boys cycle and take advantage of the long Canadian summer on Cedar St., Belleville. Photo by Noah Park.

Should be cropped into a horizontal, but love the silhouttes. Don’t need that much negative space
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 FLINT, MI (18/09/2016) - A man sleeps in an alley in Flint, Michigan. An ambulance idles nearby as parademics keep an eye on the individual. Photo: Chris Donovan. 

We liked the perspective of this
3. N/A

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KINGSTON (23/09/16) -  "Fear the Deer!" shouted the cadets of 12 Squadron Frasier Flight as they raced to their next station at the Royal Military College obstacle course on Sept. 23, 2016. Only once they have completed the course are the first year cadets officially recognized as members of the college. Said Deputy Cadet Flight Leader Liam Mercer, "After four weeks of fairly grueling physical training, inspections, team building, obstacle training, etc., the obstacle course is the last test for the first years before they join the rest of the cadet wing. It's very important to them as well as the staff as we spend a lot of time training them for this." Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli

We can tell the photographer is trying something different and there’s potential in the image but it isn’t quite a strong enough photo. It needs to be framed better. It would have been a strong photo without the rails.



NEWS

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 FLINT, MI (17/09/2016) - Tammy Brewer, 54, has to shower with a case of bottled water due to the Flint Water Crisis. The National Guard left Flint in September and the federal state of emergency was lifted despite conditions remaining the same. Some residents are able to attach water filters to their shower heads, but Brewer stopped paying her water bill and her was was shut off by the city. Photo by Chris Donovan.

There were very few entries in this category. I think students are confused or unsure what is a news photo. We only chose one because it is the only news photo. The rest of the images were feature images at an event. Taking photos at an event does not mean it is a news photo. News isn’t an event that happens every year. This is why these images should be features. 

SPORTS

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (09/17/16) — Tafari Cole of the St. Lawrence Vikings fights off Eric Mallory of the Loyalist Lancers during their first men’s rugby game of the season in which the Lancers suffered a defeat with the score 46-24. Photo by Noah Park.

expression and intensity of the players is great. Be careful with the focus tho. The focus is on the words on his shirt and not his eyes.

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (09/17/16) — Victoria Pedro of Loyalist Women’s Rugby team flings off to the side as she tries to stop Hailey McLaren of St.Lawrence College Women’s Rugby team during Loyalist’s first game of the season. The game ended with a 84-0 defeat for Loyalist. Photo by Noah Park.

peak of the moment, action shot.
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BELLEVILLE, ONT. (18/09/16) — The Belleville Bulldogs under 16 womens rugby team during their intersquad prom dress game at Mary Ann Sills park in Belleville Ont. Photo by Yader Guzman.

Good action but needs more space to give the action context.




HM - SRTSeptNP02
BELLEVILLE, Ont. (09/28/16) — Ashely McDonald of Loyalist Women’s Soccer team dribbles a ball during a late afternoon practice at Mary Anne Sills Field, Belleville. Photo by Noah Park.

Good use of light, needs to be higher but can see s/he is trying. A different focal length could have helped as well. Try different spots.

PORTRAIT

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 FLINT, MI (26/09/2016) - Lamont Jones was born in Los Angeles, but his mother moved to Flint to work in the shops. Most of his family worked for General Motors or Buick. “I would love to live in LA, but it’s so expensive to live there,” he said. Lamont worked for GM’s Fisher Boyd Plant for 30 years. When the plant was shut down, he transferred to a plant in Detroit but he hated it and quit soon after. He is now a jazz and funk musician. “Those plants dumped some seriously nasty shit into the river,” he said. “I’m sure that’s what made Flint's water so corrosive.” Photo: Chris Donovan.

beautiful light. love it
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PUSLINCH, Ont. (09/25/16) - Richard Thornett is a 27-year-old pianist from London, England. Thornett’s musical talents have taken him all around the world as he has played for multiple cruise ships, mainly in Asia. Thornett says, “As long as I can play, I’m happy really.” He believes in the escapism that music allows people to feel. Photo by Lori Christmas.

simple and clean portrait. We know who this person is.
3. N/A

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (12/09/16) - At 16 years old, Evan Cliff was met with a desperate desire to express himself and ran away from home, finding shelter in abandoned buildings in Belleville’s surrounding forests. While living in Indiana in 2011 he experimented with drugs and became addicted to OxyContin and Oxycodone. After 2 years on the streets living in what he calls pure escapism, he returned home to face the responsibility of growing up on his own terms. He has since graduated both high school and college, and is currently nursing a talent for visual art and glass blowing. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.

this had a lot of potential. the light is great and he’s in the right spot. However, it should have either been a tight portrait of his face with some more expression or a wider shot of the whole space without cutting off his hands and legs

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Belleville, Ont. (22/09/2016)- Hannah Young, 15."I dance to explore a different part of me."

 It’s a good attempt but the lighting doesn’t quite work with the image. 



MULTIPIX


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solid story



PAST POINTS: 
525 - Vanessa Tignanelli 
400 - Chris Donovan
200 - Andrew Ryan
125 - Noah Park
125 - Lori Christmas
100 - Taylor Bertelink
60 - Raven McCoy Barnwell 
50 - Liam Smyth

UPDATED POINTS: 
750 - Chris Donovan
535 - Vanessa Tignanelli 
385 - Noah Park
200 - Andrew Ryan
175 - Lori Christmas
100 - Taylor Bertelink
60 - Raven McCoy Barnwell 
50 - Liam Smyth
25 - Yader Guzman
10 - Aman Parhar

Points

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


Summer 2016 Results

The summer edition of POM was judged by Andrew Vaughan, a Canadian Press photographer based on the East coast (@cppixhalifax).


From Andrew,

It was lots of fun and it was a pleasure to see the variety and quality of the work.
I made a few comments about cropping and shooting horizontally but generally I was impressed by what I saw. I’m a big fan of the program at Loyalist and have had the pleasure of working with many of the graduates over the years.
 
Best of luck with the school year. 
Cheers.

FIRST YEAR


NEWS

First place: 
GRAND BEND, Ont. (25/08/16) - Muslim women at Pinery Provincial Park adhere to the appropriate attire expected of their culture as a girl of Western decent waddles into Lake Huron in her bathing suit. The fight for the right to wear a burkini has been a prominent topic of discussion since its ban on over 30 beaches in France. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.


This is a great example of a solid general news photo.
It tells the story in clear fashion and doesn’t exploit the subjects.

Not sure about the crop as it works even better as a straight horizontal.


Second place: 
ELORA, Ont. (20/08/16) - Gord Downie waves goodbye during his final Tragically Hip performance in Kingston to fans watching a live stream at Riverfest Elora on August 20, 2016. The audience chose to forego the festival's live performances in order to share in an important piece of Canadian music history. Downie was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer in May. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.


The Tragically Hip concert was played out across the country. There is a certain intimacy that this frame captures. I little bit of dodging and burning might be in order.


Third place:
NANAIMO, B.C. (02/07/16) - A 10-acre wildfire burns outside of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island July 2, 2016. The island saw yet another extremely dry summer, forcing firefighters and locals to stay alert. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.


This is a run-of-the-mill forest fire photo. But then I opened this frame up in PS and cropped it tighter. Stunning.


FEATURE 

First place:
VANCOUVER, B.C. (01/07/16) - Jeremiah plants the Canadian flag proudly in the sand of the Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver, BC on July 1, 2016.  He and his family celebrate this Canada Day as grateful immigrants, having escaped a difficult life in El Salvador and finding peace in their new home. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.


A great Canada Day feature. All of the elements are there. Joyful.

Second place:
GUELPH, Ont. (23/07/16) - Audiences at the 2016 Guelph Hillside Festival match the energy of live music with non-stop crowdsurfing. Festivals create a culture focused on liberation, bringing out people's uninhibited side. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.

Bit of a crop moves this to another level.

Third place:
GUELPH, Ont. (24/07/16) - Sisters strike a perfect pose with their favourite treats at Guelph's Hillside Festival on July 24, 2016. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.


The photo needs some room to breathe. Shot as a horizontal and cropped looser to see where they are-beach, fairground etc.


SPORTS

First Place: 

HOPE, B.C. (25/06/16) - Kieran Lehan, an experienced rock climber, scales the towering walls of the Fraser River outside of Hope, BC on June 25, 2016. The abrupt narrowing of these cliffs forces the river below through a 35-metre passage famously known as Hell's Gate. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.



You really need to have the rest of the body in the frame to make this work.

As there were only two entries, there is no second or third place.


PORTRAIT

First place:

WASHINGTON, MO. - Ken poses for a portrait after slaughtering and skinning a cow in Washington on July 28, 2016. 
A well executed environmental portrait. The lighting is great and the “gunslinger” pose adds to the story telling.

Second place:
GUELPH, Ont. (23/06/16) - Julian Holman has been squatting in an abandoned house in downtown Guelph for several months. His only company is an iPad, given to him by a local who believes in Holman's thirst for knowledge, and his pigeon Fergeley, who has chosen Holman as a life mate. Holman lives purposefully as a critical outcast of society, favouring his over-psychoanalytical views of society as opposed to becoming a contributing member. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.

 Simple and sad. 


Third place:
NELSON, B.C. (20/06/16) - Mo Haroun lives alone in the apartment above his cafe in downtown Nelson, B.C. His whispers expose pain and fragility, a lost yet hopeful soul working slowly to own optimism after facing many tragedies. As a child refugee in Jordan he was prohibited from returning to his home in Palestine. His apartment is empty save a few sticks of frankincense to create an environment of meditation and healing. Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli.

I’m not sure the vertical crop adds anything. All of the elements are there without our eyes being drawn away by the bright light at the top of the frame. That said, both the second and third place portraits show that the photographer can engage their subjects and present an honest portrait.

MULTI-PICTURE

First place: 












A very pice set of pictures. The first photo is a strong abstract that anchors the rest. Great use of the available light from backlight sun to the headlamps. A couple of the photos were a bit confusing but worked as a whole. I think multi-pix slideshows work better if all of the images are horizontal.

(I worked on a CPR gang in Southern Alberta when I was in photo school-swinging hammers and running machinery.)

SECOND YEAR

NEWS


First place: 
(08/15/2016) CARAQUET, NB - Justin Trudeau interacts with participants at the “Grande Tintamarre” parade celebrating National Acadian Day. Trudeau gave a speech about the importance of French language rights in the Maritimes to a crowd of 30,000 before marching the streets of Caraquet. Photo: Chris Donovan

This is what you want when you are covering a politician at a public event. There is great animation and excitement. I covered this event last year before he was elected. It’s a tough crowd to work. Well done.


Second place: 
 Oakville, Ont. (17/08/2016)— Max Boateng of Team Palermo Panthers, pedaling hard as his teammates cheer him on. YMCA summer camp counselors and community initiatives program staff organized the Ride for YMCA Strong Kids fundraising event at Peter Gilgan YMCA, Oakville. Photo by Noah Park.


It’s a regular assignment. A charity fundraiser. You show up and work it. If you make a frame like this you should be pleased. Cropped a bit tighter on the right and the top and your done.


Third place:

(07/20/2016) SAINT JOHN, NB - Const. James Smith, right, Const. John Wright, centre, and cadet Tristan Murray, left, carry bags of evidence away from the scene at Lily Lake after pulling the body of a 59-year-old man from the water. Photo: Chris Donovan

Good use of the backlight. It looks ominous. Photos like this can serve as great filers instead of the ubiquitous yellow police tape. 

FEATURE

First place: 
HUNTSVILLE, Ont. (07/25/16) - Two campers go for a swing on the ropes element ‘Giant Swing’ at Olympia Sports Camp. The giant swing is one of the 4 ropes elements at Olympia including the zipline, high ropes course, and climbing tower. Photo by Lori Christmas.
Good use of negative space. By not cropping tight to the subject you get s sense of height and motion.

Second place: 
TORONTO, Ont. (03/05/16) - According to Statistics Canada, in 2013 there are 447 people living on the streets of Toronto. Since then there is a total of 5,219 people living in the streets with that number increasing. Photo by Liam Smyth
This is an honest but sad photo. People appear to be oblivious and as a document of  difficult times, this photo speaks volumes.

Third place:
HUNTSVILLE, Ont. (07/11/16) - Basketball campers at Olympia Sports Camp work on their agility and footwork by jumping over mini hurdles in their fitness session run by the Director of Fitness, Andrew Primmer. Olympia is an overnight camp located in Muskoka that focuses on sports specific training. Photo by Lori Christmas.
Great use of the strong visual elements.

SPORTS

First place:
PICTON, Ont. (23/07/16) - Over 200 skilled competitors gathered to compete in bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and more at the Picton fairgrounds. Photo by Taylor Bertelink
 Tight crop provides for a view of the intensity in barrel racing. It’s not the easiest rodeo event to shoot because all they are doing is going around barrels but there is a lot going on between the rider and horse.

Second place:
 HAMPTON, NB. (07/24/2016) - Alexander Corasiniti poses in the pool where he began swimming at the age of 8. The 18-year-old who suffers from a rare muscle disorder narrowly missed qualifying for the 2016 paralympics in Rio and is now training for the 2020 games in Tokyo. Photo: Chris Donovan

Enterprising sports feature. But if it could have been shot horizontally it would be even better. 

Third place: 
 Milton, Ont. (27/06/16)— Hugo Barrette, a 25 year-old Canadian cyclist competing in Rio Olympics 2016, practicing in Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton. Photo by Noah Park.
A good job with panning. You would get a better sense of speed with an even slower shutter speed and more blurring of the background.

PORTRAIT

First place
(08/12/2016) SAINT JOHN, NB - Kumrinisso Kuvatova came to Canada as a refugee after her husband was assassinated in Turkey. Her husband, Umarali Kuvatov was the leader of an opposition group in Tajikistan fighting against what he perceived as oppression in the Tajikistani government. Photo: Chris Donovan

Strong emotional portrait. There is a lot going on here. The caption tells the story but this shows the story.

Second place:
Burlington, Ont. (17/08/16) — “It was difficult at first but you gotta pick up the pieces and move on," says Sue Mosley, reflecting back on her life. Mosley was 27 years-old when she moved to Canada from England after she had lost her husband in the war. Sue Mosley celebrates her 100th birthday in her home in Burlington with friends and family. Photo by Noah Park.

A tough to shoot portrait. There is a connection with the photographer and the picture works. The background is a bit busy but somethings you can’t control.

Third place: 
 SAINT JOHN, NB. (06/10/2016) - Saint John mayor Don Darling poses in his office after being sworn in as the 57th mayor of Canada’s oldest official city. Photo: Chris Donovan


High quality magazine portrait. I would have cropped the distracting light on the left side and while giving up some of the skyline. Well done though.


Honourable mention: 
COROZAL, Belize. (31/07/16) - Hector Kelly is a Belize City native raised in the northern village of Consejo, just a couple kilometers from the Mexican border. Four years ago he was a semi-pro basketball player representing his country all over Central and South America. But then he gave it all up to support his wife and her two children. Currently he spends his time hunting, fishing, working the odd construction job and beating all his friends at basketball. Photo by Raven McCoy

A bit of verite. There is a nice quality to the totally relaxed expression.

MULTI-PICTURE

First place:











This is great job on a photo story. The story is well told and the news is covered. It doesn’t hurt that the town is decked in Acadian colours and everyone is in a good mood,  but there are several individual photos in the set that can stand alone.

Second place: 








This story is straight forward but some of the photos are confusing. I’m not sure what the purpose of the combos is in the first and second photos in the series. All of the elements are there and all this story really needs is a tight edit. Having said that, the photographer did engage the subject and we get a window on youth labour.


525 - Vanessa Tignanelli 
400 - Chris Donovan
200 - Andrew Ryan
125 - Noah Park
125 - Lori Christmas
100 - Taylor Bertelink
60 - Raven McCoy Barnwell 
50 - Liam Smyth



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