Early-career photographers looking to sharpen their skills and gain national exposure should apply for the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, an opportunity to spend six weeks with The Canadian Press in Toronto. The deadline is Feb. 22.
The award is open to Canadian photojournalists with fewer than five years experience, including students and freelancers. The recipient will have the opportunity to be mentored by top photographers, work in a fast-paced environment and cover news, major sports and top cultural events. The winning applicant will complete the internship between April and September 2019 and be paid at the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press.
As part of her 2018 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award experience, Tijana Martin captured the accompanying image of Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath shaking hands with students from St. Joseph Richmond Hill Catholic Elementary School at Queen’s Park in Toronto on June 8, 2018.
“The six weeks I spent as the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award recipient provided me with a lifetime of learning experiences and has played a major role in deciding how to navigate my career,” says Martin, who subsequently left her news photographer job with the Lethbridge-Herald in Alberta to pursue a freelance career in Toronto.
Award details, the online application and jury members – which includes members of Hanson’s family and former photographer colleagues – can be found on the award criteria page.
The winner of the 2019 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award will be announced in March and formally presented at the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Awards in June at Toronto. The award is supported by Nikon.
Photo: NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. The Canadian Press / Tijana Martin photo