The Globe and Mail has won several awards in photography, including the 2012 photojournalist of the year, at the National Pictures of the Year awards. The News Photographers Association of Canada handed out the awards at a gala event in Calgary on Saturday.
Vancouver-based staff photographer John Lehmann was honoured as the photojournalist of the year, winning a $2,000 prize. He placed first for his sports feature photo of Richard Hamel looking disappointed and dejected while making his way back to the jockey’s locker room at the Hastings Racetrack in October. Mr. Lehmann also received an honourable mention in the picture story category for his series on Alisah McPhee, an elementary teacher and amateur boxer.
Mr. Lehmann placed second in the general news category for his photos from the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in Vancouver, losing the top spot to fellow Globe photographer Deborah Baic. Ms. Baic was honoured for her photo of mourners at a Toronto vigil for 14-year-old Syanne Charles, who was killed at a block party on June 17, 2012.
Among the four other finalists for photojournalist of the year was fellow Globe photographer Fred Lum, who placed second in the portrait category for his photo of Seymour Kanowitch, one of two competitors from Canada at the 2012 Beard and Mustache Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Globe photographer Peter Power placed third in the portrait category and also received an honourable mention in the single multimedia category for his powerful photo series on Sierra Leone.