2022 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

2020 Premier Awards - Best Spot News Photo Coverage ( Circulation 10000 to 12499,Circulation 12500 to 17499,Circulation 17500 and over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Beaver (Oakville, ON)
    Entry Title: TO THE RESCUE
    Entry Credit: Graham Paine
    Judge Comment: 50/50 perfection, with marks on this spot news photo showing the rescue crew bringing the dog up to safety. All technical issues covered, from filling the frame to having people in action showing the urgency of the situation. Look at the dog's expression. Good job Graham Paine, and the editor for playing it correctly on front page.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Chilliwack Progress (Chilliwack, BC)
    Entry Title: Crews battle large townhouse complex fire from neighbouring balcony
    Entry Credit: Jenna Hauck
    Judge Comment: 46/50 Nice composition, with flames, and a lone firefighter stands in stark contrast battling the blaze. You'd expect to see a hive of activity with many firefighters attacking the blaze from many angles. Nice perspective for this coverage, taking advantage of shooting downwards. Photographer Jenna Hauck thinking outside the box to give the editor something different from a townhouse complex fire.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Beaver (Oakville, ON)
    Entry Title: 'They came running out': Suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Oakville neighbourhood leaves multiple people hospitalized
    Entry Credit: Graham Paine
    Judge Comment: 43/50 Graham is there when the spot news is happening, capturing the live action thru his lens. Another stalwart capture, filling the frame and using the technical skills he has garnered from his seasoned journey as a community newspaper photographer. Emergency people doing their jobs, which always makes for a good spot news capture. An accident or homicide scene where people are standing around or just the scene itself does not tell a story or pique your interest looking at a front page.
  • Competition Comment: Saddened by the entries in the spot news category, where emergency situations are often ideal coverage locations to come up with impactful images your editor will play on the front page. Many of the entries lacked technical skills, as if an iPhone was used to just point and shoot at an accident or fire scene. Fill the frame. Use your telephoto lens and bring the action to you. Use DOF! Easy choice for 1st with Grahame Paine's rescue artwork (Oakville Beaver). Excellent composition from Jenna Hauck's firefighter battling a townhouse complex fire (Chilliwack Progress) to garner 2nd. Grahame Paine added another win, 3rd for his carbon monoxide poisoning rescue in a neighbourhood (Oakville Beaver).