Photographer of the Year at the 2017 Canon Media Awards was tonight won by New Zealand Herald’s photographer Alan Gibson.
Stand-outs in Gibson’s portfolio included capturing the heartbreak of a family mourning the deaths of an elderly couple at the hands of a methamphetamine-fuelled stranger, a sculptor at work at night in his homemade foundry, and a surfer caught on the crest of a giant wave on the Kaikoura Coast. The judges said Gibson’s portfolio was an excellent demonstration of photojournalism across all genres, his use of light and moment made him a worthy winner amongst a strong field.
Stuff videographer, Ross Giblin, won Videographer of the Year, where his footage included escaped bulls marauding through suburban gardens in Upper Hutt, the sensitive portrayal of a girl transitioning to become a boy and the pre-dawn training regime of young kayakers. The judges said Giblin, who also won Best News Video, not only had a great eye for pictures but also for a story, and the ability to seize an opportunity. Apart from technical skills, he showed courage, calmness and empathy.
Kim Conner, CEO of Canon New Zealand says that we have been extremely inspired by our talented photographic and videography winners, capturing moments that have moved the nation over the past year.
“Canon have proudly supported the Canon Media Awards for the last 11 years, celebrating New Zealand’s finest journalists,” says Conner.
Best News Photo was awarded to Blair Pattinson, Otago Daily Times. The judges said Pattinson captured an iconic news picture of Queenstown police wrestling two criminals to the ground after a long car chase was stopped by a herd of sheep.
Mike Scott, New Zealand Herald, won Best Photo Essay with his riveting portrayal of young girls in rural China having their hair chopped off to make into wigs for the Western market. Scott was also runner-up in the Videographer of the Year category for his video that accompanied the “black gold” hair trade story, and was part of a team that won best sports video.
Christel Yardley, Waikato Times, won Best Photo (junior) with an image capturing a tender moment between an elderly woman caring for her husband after he was abused at a rest home.
NZ Herald photographer Chris Cameron’s startling image of an Americas Cup boat racing with seal leaping out of the water, won him Best Sports Photo. The judges said, “stunning pic!”
Staged by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association with Canon as premier sponsor, the awards attracted a record number of entries – 2174, a 35% increase on last year. Photographic and videography entries were up significantly this year compared to last. The awards, celebrated tonight (May 19) at a gala dinner at the Langham in Auckland, recognise excellence in journalism across newspaper, magazine and digital media.
The full winners’ list is below:
Best feature photo: Richard Robinson, New Zealand Geographic
Best general photo: Paul Taylor, Hawke's Bay Today
Best news photo: Blair Pattinson, Otago Daily Times
Best photo (junior): Christel Yardley, Waikato Times
Best photo essay: Mike Scott, NZ Herald
Best portrait photo: Meek Zuiderwyk, Metro
Best sports photo: Chris Cameron, NZ Herald
Photographer of the Year: Alan Gibson, NZ Herald
Best feature video: Mike Scott, NZ Herald
Best news video: Ross Giblin, Stuff
Best sports video: Brett Phibbs, Mike Scott and Peter Visagie, NZ Herald
Videographer of the Year: Ross Giblin, Stuff
Videographer of the Year (runner-up): Mike Scott, NZ Herald
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Or contact: Jane Phare, NPA Awards Director, phone 021 500 995 or Rick Neville, NPA Editorial Director 021 279 6447
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