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May 21, 2019

Belleville, Ontario, May 21, 2019 – Twelve Loyalist College Photojournalism students and graduates received 2018 National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards and placed in 13 of the 17 award categories. Recipients were recognized by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) on April 13 in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

“This is the second year in a row that Loyalist College Photojournalism graduate Chris Donovan has been named NPAC’s Photojournalist of the Year and in 2016 he was Student Photographer of the Year,” said Ann Drennan, Loyalist College Senior Vice-President Academic & Chief Learning Officer. “We are very proud of him and of all of our graduates and students who were honoured for their meaningful images, capturing a wide range of experiences and emotion with which we can all relate. NPAC accolades speak to the quality of education our Photojournalism program provides in preparing graduates to tell complex human-interest stories through pictures.”

Loyalist Photojournalism graduates are employed by multimedia companies including Bloomberg News, ESPN, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Getty Images, Postmedia Network Inc., Star Metroland Media, The Wall Street Journal, and Torstar Corporation, among others. They are photojournalists, reporter-photographers, multimedia producers, picture and assignment editors, freelance photojournalists and photographers, and digital publishing specialists.

The winners will be part of a featured exhibit in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, showing in the First Canadian Place Lobby at 100 King Street West, Toronto from May 13 – 31. More than 2,000 images from across Canada were submitted to the annual NPOY awards competition. Loyalist was represented by:

Photojournalist of the Year 
Chris Donovan (2017) – Independent

Loyalist College Photojournalism graduate Chris Donovan receives the Photojournalist of the Year Award at the 2018 National Pictures of the Year Awards in Vancouver from Emcee Laura Lynch (CBC). Photo by Ric Ernst

Student Photographer of the Year
Andrej Ivanov (2019)

Loyalist College Photojournalism student Andrej Ivanov receives the Student Photographer of the Year Award at the 2018 National Pictures of the Year Awards in Vancouver from Emcee Laura Lynch (CBC). Photos by Ric Ernst

Student Multimedia of the Year
Shelby Lisk (2019)

General News
Second Place – Carlos Osorio (2005) – Toronto Star
Third Place – Cole Burston (2010) – Getty Images

Second Place – Andrew Ryan (2018) – Winnipeg Free Press

Social Issue
First Place – Chris Donovan (2017) – Maclean’s 
Third Place – Chris Donovan (2017) – The Globe and Mail

Third Place – Christopher Pike (2005) – The Wall Street Journal
Honourable Mention – Cole Burston (2010) – Bloomberg

Sports Feature
First & Third Place – Chris Donovan (2017) – ESPN

Single Multimedia
Third Place – Melissa Tait (2010) – The Globe and Mail

Team Multimedia
First Place – Brent Foster (2002)/Pawel Dwulit (2008)
Second & Third Place – Anne-Marie Jackson (2008)

Picture Story News
First Place – Chris Donovan (2017) – Maclean’s
Second Place – Ben Nelms (2010) – Bloomberg

Picture Story Feature
Second Place – Carlos Osorio (2005) – Toronto Star

Picture Story International
First & Second Place – Chris Donovan (2017) – ESPN

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, empowering students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. The College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. When it comes to Ontario college graduates getting jobs, Loyalist is the top College in the province, according to KPI results, released November 2018. Of 2016-17 Loyalist graduates, 90.8 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through; including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses; and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913, ext. 2536