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From religious devotion to education to daily life in the Far North, Globe photographers' depictions of Canada have earned nine nominations at the National Picture of the Year Awards, more than any other news outlet.

The awards, whose winners will be announced May 27 in Winnipeg, are presented by the News Photographers Association of Canada. Nominations were announced this week.

Leading the pack is photographer John Lehmann in the British Columbia bureau, with five nods, including photojournalist of the year.

Among his photos in the competition is one taken last December at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Surrey, B.C., for a story about persecuted Iraqi Christians. As the mass ended, devotees filed to the front of the church to kiss the cross, one by one.

Mr. Lehmann captured the moment as a young boy glanced up at the religious devotion of an older woman. The photo is nominated in the social-issue category.

Mr. Lehmann also picked up nominations in the general-news, pictorial and sports-feature categories. His photos include the silhouette of a young surfer checking the chilly waves off Vancouver Island, an expertly timed shot of a Canadian luger zipping down the track at last winter's Olympics and an underwater image of a salmon swimming up the Adams River in central B.C.

Picking up his first nomination in the contest is Moe Doiron, for a black-and-white shot of an autistic boy at Market Lane School in downtown Toronto.

"Oftentimes, if they're being addressed or in an activity, [autistic children]will turn away their face or not make eye contact," he says. "It's an image that represents some of the challenges they have in social environments."

The photograph, nominated in the social-issue category, was part of several shots he took in a special-needs class at the school, and has never before been published.

In another candid moment of public life, photographer Peter Power captured an image of schoolchildren standing in rocks in the cold waters off the Nunavut hamlet of Cape Dorset, greeting men returning from a seal hunt under a grey sky.

"Cape Dorset was an opportunity for me to see some of the more traditional practices of the people in Nunavut, which contrasts sharply with some of the more modern communities - like the capital, Iqaluit," he says. "I wanted to get an image that spoke to the interaction between the youth and the older generation, who are very willing to pass along their knowledge, and the youth are still very willing to learn and listen, despite the fact that a lot of them will never graduate high school."

The photo is one of 12 nominated in the picture-story category, and will appear in an upcoming series.

Mr. Power earned a further nod for feature photography and a joint nomination - along with reporter Erin Anderssen and former Globe multimedia journalist Jayson Taylor - for team multimedia project. The group was recognized for its series on dementia, a project that combined still photos with audio narration.

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