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April 29, 2016

Belleville, Ontario, April 28, 2016 – Loyalist College is pleased to announce that 12 Photojournalism graduates and two Photojournalism students received National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards from the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC). Over 2,000 images were submitted to this competition which recognizes the excellence of Canada’s outstanding photojournalists.

“Year after year, we’re moved by the success of Loyalist’s Photojournalism graduates,” said Kathleen Bazkur, Acting Dean, Loyalist School of Media, Arts + Design. “They come to the College as inquisitive students and leave with a comprehensive foundation on which they build long-lasting, meaningful careers that inspire and educate society.”
Loyalist Photojournalism students Zachary Prong and Andrew Johnson received an honourable mention in the Student Photographer of the Year category.

First place – Annie Sakkab – Independent
Second place – Tyler Anderson – National Post
Third place – John Lehmann – The Globe and Mail

Sports Action 
Second place – Ryan Pfeiffer – Metroland

Sports Feature 
First place – Carlos Osorio – Toronto Star
Second place – Tyler Anderson – National Post 

Third place – Nick Iwanyshyn – Metroland 

First place – Marta Iwanek – Toronto Star
Two Honourable Mentions – Darren Calabrese – for The Globe and Mail

Social Issue 
Second place – Steve Russell – Toronto Star 

Picture Story
Third place – Tyler Anderson – National Post
Honourable Mention –  Darren Calabrese – for The Globe and Mail

Single Multimedia 
First place – Marta Iwanek – Toronto Star
Second place – Ryan Jackson – Edmonton Journal
Third place – Andrew Tolson – Maclean’s
Honourable Mention – Ryan Jackson – Edmonton Journal

Team Multimedia 
First place – Brent Foster – Foster Visuals
Third place – Brent Foster – Foster Visuals 

About the National Pictures of the Year Awards
The National Pictures of the Year awards competition was created by NPAC to recognize excellence in Canadian photojournalism. NPAC is a volunteer-run, non-profit association comprised of Canadian professional and student photojournalists and photo editors who champion quality and ethical photography in journalism. To see this year’s award-winning photographs, visit

About Loyalist College’s School of Media, Arts + Design 
Loyalist College’s School of Media, Arts + Design prepares students for related careers through programs such as Journalism – Online, Print and BroadcastPhotojournalismTelevision and New Media Production , and Trent-Loyalist Joint Major in Journalism. These programs use Loyalist’s state-of-the-art Digital Media Centre, a 10,000-square-foot all-platform newsroom with video editing suites, television studio, interview booths, audio production booths, and meeting rooms. The Digital Media Centre, which opened in September 2013, is where Loyalist students produce QNet News, an award-winning community online news service. Students write, report, share photographs, host programs and produce web, social media and video and audio content for public consumption. QNet News also hosts The Pioneer, a publication produced by Photojournalism students. Other programs in the School of Media, Arts + Design include AnimationArchitectural Technician/TechnologyArt and Design FoundationGeneral Arts and SciencePublic RelationsRadio BroadcastingResidential Drafting and Design,  and Workplace Arts and ScienceFor more information on the College’s School of Media, Arts + Design, visit


About Loyalist College
We put you to work™. When it comes to grads getting jobs, 87.4 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 83.6 percent, according to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released in April 2016. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit


Media Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director of Marketing and Communications,
Loyalist College,, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2536