LOYALIST PHOTOJOURNALISM GRADUATE GIOVANNI CAPRIOTTI WINS FIRST PRIZE IN THE CATEGORY SPORTS, STORIES IN THE WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2017 CONTEST : Loyalist College
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LOYALIST PHOTOJOURNALISM GRADUATE GIOVANNI CAPRIOTTI WINS FIRST PRIZE IN THE CATEGORY SPORTS, STORIES IN THE WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2017 CONTEST

May 02, 2017

Toronto Exhibit of ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Opens May 3 from 6 to 8 pm at The 519

Belleville, Ontario, May 2, 2017 – 2015 Loyalist College Photojournalism graduate Giovanni Capriotti won first prize in the category Sports, Stories in the World Press Photo 2017 contest. ‘Boys Will Be Boys,’ his photo series of Muddy York RFC, Toronto’s first gay-friendly rugby team, were shown at the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam from April 20 – 22.

“While shooting this long-term project, I realized how Muddy York RFC’s mission around inclusion in sport inadvertently started a process of deconstructing and describing masculinity within the sport performance itself,” said Mr. Capriotti. Through photography and multimedia, he followed players off and on the field as they competed against mainstream teams in the Toronto Rugby Union, as well as other gay teams.

Winning photographs from the 60th World Press Photo Contest were selected from 80,408 images submitted by 5,034 photographers from 126 different countries. Chaired by Stuart Franklin, the jury of internationally recognized professionals in the fields of photojournalism and documentary photography convened in Amsterdam to judge the anonymous entries.

“Giovanni’s exceptional work is indeed worthy of international acclaim,” said Kathleen Bazkur, Dean, School of Media, Arts + Design and Continuing Education, Loyalist College. “We’re proud of our Photojournalism grads, students and faculty who have contributed immensely to visual storytelling.”

Mr. Capriotti’s work will be exhibited in Toronto at The 519, located at 519 Church Street. The opening event is Wednesday, May 3 from 6 to 8 pm in the second floor gallery.

“The Loyalist Photojournalism program is so proud to present Giovanni’s award-winning work in Toronto during the Scotiabank Contact Festival,” said Loyalist College Professor Frank O’Connor, Coordinator of Canada’s only multiyear Photojournalism program. “To be successful at this level, one must have a solid grasp of both the technical and esthetic components of photojournalism, and Giovanni has demonstrated  that so well. His work embodies the kind of inclusive storytelling that is at the core of modern photojournalism.”

About Loyalist College

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 65 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. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. 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 annually – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit loyalistcollege.com.

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Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing and Communications, 
Loyalist College, klorimer@loyalistc.on.ca, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536

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