Canon are proud to support New Zealand’s most outstanding visual journalists for the 11th year running at the Canon Media Awards 2016.
The submitted images highlight the incredible photographic talent we have across the country and the Canon Media Awards are a fantastic platform to see them recognised by the industry.
Among the many accolades, Waikato Times/Stuff.co.nz photographer Peter Drury won Best News Photo for coverage of the Nepal earthquake, Best Environmental Photo went to underwater photographer Richard Robinson for a close-up photo of a blue shark in South Pacific waters while his series on mako sharks, filmed off Auckland’s west coast, won Best Photo Essay.
The top video award went to Iain McGregor of The Press for his gripping portfolio, which included Thai children’s fights and use of 1080 poison.
The overall award - Photographer of the Year went to Stephen Parker from NZME regional newspaper, Rotorua Daily Post.
"Getting an award like this does give me a mental boost and I look for new ways to take other pictures that interest me from the daily news picture jobs," says Parker
About Stephen Parkers image: As winter sets in, a struggling Rotorua family of 12 is using an oven to heat their home and sleeping nine in a room to stave off the cold. The mother, who did not want to be named to protect her children, said nine of them slept in the lounge “marae styles” each night at their Fordlands rental property.
Junior Photographer of the Year went to Grant Mathew from Fairfax, this is the second time Grant has been recognised for his talent after winning the Canon EYECON competition
Grant talked to us about one of his images and what it means to him to win the award.
"The main image used (firefighters) was visualised and finally captured after a long day shooting and waiting. It was likely that I would only get one chance to get something like that so patience and positioning was important. Everything lined up in one moment, and i got it."
Pretty cool to receive an award, it had been a goal for a long time. Great to be recognised at this early point in my career and to join a long list of photographers that I have admired for a while, within the industry.
Canon EYECON has been huge in shaping my career in directing me to where I am now and what I have achieved. When I reflect on my winning portfolio and how it came about, visual journalism was always going to feature somehow for me. Spending time with the mentors confirmed it, with their encouragement and knowledge of photographic industries, advice and direction.
Keep working hard and stay motivated.. push yourselves. It doesn't happen overnight, but it will happen if you work hard for it!
About Canon Media Awards: The Canon Media Awards are New Zealand publishing industry’s premier awards, held annually to encourage, showcase and acknowledge the best of New Zealand’s newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as the work of feature writers, columnists, cartoonists, reviewers and photographers.
The awards are governed and managed by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association (NPA), the organisation representing the country’s paid daily and Sunday newspapers, and their websites. Naming rights sponsor and principal partner is Canon NZ.
The awards are open to all New Zealand mass media publications including paid newspapers, community newspapers, magazines and news websites – and their individual staff and freelancers.
The hotly contested 2016 awards attracted more than 1600 entries, encompassing more than 7,000 pieces of work across 71 categories. Some 46 judges in five countries assessed the entries, requiring a massive investment in time and effort. The NPA wishes to acknowledge this contribution and thank all judges for giving their expertise and support without which the awards could not be held.
About EYECON: Canon New Zealands competition to inspire and recognise emerging photographers who are currently studying photographer in Tertiary, year 12 &13 or as an assistant photographer.
Learn more about EYECON