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April 29, 2016

Belleville, Ontario, April 29, 2016 – The 62nd Annual Ontario Newspaper Awards ceremony on April 23 acknowledged the province’s leading journalists, editors and photographers, including several graduates from Loyalist’s Photojournalism Ontario College diploma program. 

“These awards represent the tenacity of today’s journalists,” said Kathleen Bazkur, Acting Dean, Loyalist School of Media, Arts + Design. “This industry is constantly changing and Loyalist Photojournalism graduates are at the leading edge, producing awe-inspiring work that sets the bar for the industry.”

Walter J. Blackburn Award
Sports Photography (under 25,000 circulation)
Winner: Franki Ikeman, The Welland Tribune

Sports Photography (over 25,000 circulation)
Winner: Derek Ruttan, London Free Press

Feature Photography (over 25,000 circulation)
Winner: Derek Ruttan, London Free Press

Spot News Reporting (under 25,000 circulation)
Winners: Jerome Lessard and Emily Mountney-Lessard, Belleville Intelligencer (with colleague Paul Svoboda)

Jack Bowman Memorial Award 
Spot News Photography (under 25,000 circulation)
Finalist: Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard

Feature Photography (under 25,000 circulation)
Finalist: Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard

Richard Sutton Award
Photojournalist of the Year
Finalist: Annie Sakkab, Waterloo Region Record

Online Multimedia Special Project
Finalist: Luke Hendry, Belleville Intelligencer

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 Science. For 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


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