Awards Showcase: 2020 OCNA Photographer of the Year

Better Newspapers Competition (BNC) awards honour excellent work in Canada’s community newspapers and celebrate the vibrancy of community newspapers across Canada.

The Ontario Community Newspapers Association Better Newspapers Competition 2020 awards showcase the hard work, talent and dedication demonstrated by Ontario publishers, editors, reporters, photographers and designers.

Congratulations to the OCNA 2020 BNC winners in the Photographer of the Year category.

“It’s evident each entrant strives to not only tell the story they’re assigned, but also do so in away that makes it fun and exciting for the reader. In a world overrun by information, being able to capture interesting imagery, and make your story stand out, is an invaluable skill which all three finalists possess. In addition, their ability to be versatile and cover a wide range of topics is incredibly valuable to a community newspaper.”

1st Place:  Haliburton County Echo – Darren Lum 

“You manage to capture lots of emotion in your photos. It’s evident that you go above and beyond to convey a story as creatively as possible.”

2nd Place:  Richmond Hill/Thornhill Liberal – Steve Somerville

“You manage to capture good moments at the things you cover. The photo of the mourning individual in Vaughan is an example of this. Not only do you have the ability to see and capture emotion, but your timing is also great.

3rd Place:  The Independent Serving Petrolia and Central Lambton – Heather Wright

“It’s evident you’re in touch with your community. Your ability to anticipate, plan, and be there to see this is quite remarkable.”

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