2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Premier Awards - Best Photo Essay ( Circulation 10000 to 12499,Circulation 12500 to 17499,Circulation 17500 and over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: St. Albert Gazette (St. Albert, AB)
    Entry Title: For the birds
    Entry Credit: Kevin Ma
    Judge Comment: Getting close, clear, stunning photos of wildlife is very difficult and birds even more so. This photo essay brings the reader right into the blind with the photographer. Simply outstanding work.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Lake Report (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)
    Entry Title: NOTL 'spring' in pictures
    Entry Credit: Richard Harley
    Judge Comment: The large lead photo in this essay of a spring storm is enough to send chills down the spine of the reader.Taking our readers into such spaces is what a great photo essay does.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Okotoks Western Wheel (Okotoks, AB)
    Entry Title: Canada Day Celebrations in the Foothills
    Entry Credit: Brent Calver, Remy Greer, Robert Korotyszyn
    Judge Comment: Our jobs take us to places and events many of our readers are unable to attend. We need to communicate some of the magical events we experience to our readers in print. A great photo essay needs to grab the readers attention, often with a large gripping photo followed with interesting visuals from the broader event. A Canada Day event is about the people who attended and they need to see themselves and others represented well as in this presentation.
  • Competition Comment: Telling stories is our job. Telling stories through photos takes time and a clear vision of the story you want to tell. Photos explain a lot, how they are presented makes a difference. The lead photo is critical, it has to draw the reader into the story you are telling. It needs to grab the reader with emotion or drama, Too many photos are not cropped tightly enough and space is wasted without communicating much. For instance, in a photo of a group of people, cover up the head and shoulders of the people and look at how much space you are using to communicate what? Be bold with your photo story telling.