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In pictures: Globe gets 8 awards at National Pictures of the Year contest

The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) held its annual conference and National Pictures of the Year contest in Ottawa.The Globe and Mail, represented by both staff a freelance photographers, did very well at NPAC's National Pictures of the Year competition. The strong results are a testament to the Globe's photography and to the hard work of the members of the visuals department.

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NPAC Pictures of The Year, 3rd Place Spot News - An Occupy Toronto protestor is arrested at King and Yonge Street in Toronto, November 14, 2011 by Toronto Police as the group of protestors made their way back from a protest at Bay and Wellington Street to voice their opinion on the eviction of Occupy Wall Street encampment.

Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail/Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

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NPAC Pictures of The Year, 2nd Place Pictorial - Dancers from the Aeriosa Dance Society perform on the side of a building in downtown Vancouver July 12, 2011 as part of the Festival of Contemporary Dance.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail/John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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NPAC Pictures of The Year, 1st Place Portrait/Personality - Timber Whitehouse Area Chief Fraser River Stock Assessment stands in the Adams River October 26, 2011 looking for dead Sockeye Salmon to estimate the size of the run, and looking for evidence of pre-spawn mortalities, a phenomenon that sometimes kills up to 50 per cent of a stock before the fish have spawned.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail/John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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NPAC Pictures of The Year, 3rd Place Portrait/Personality - Trapeze artist Alya Titarenko rehearses backstage, moments before her Cirque du Soleil performance in Toronto on August 12, 2011.

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NPAC Pictures of The Year, Honorable Mention Portrait/Personality - Bonnie Isacovics who suffers from multiple sclerosis is on a ventilator and unable to speak. She has been conflicted about continuing her life with the assisted breathing device or face possible death. She is photographed during a brief outdoor visit at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail/Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail

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NPAC Pictures of The Year, 1st Place Social Issues - Dr. Samir Sinha helps 92-yr-old patient Steven out of bed during a house call visit April 5, 2011. Dr. Sinha is one of just a few doctors who work with the SPRINT program to provide house visits to elderly patients.

Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail/Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail

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NPAC Pictures of The Year, Honorable Mention Picture Story - A new patient becomes excited during his initial assessment as staff try to calm him down in the Habeb Public Mental Hospital run by Dr. Abdurrahman Ali, known as Dr. Habeb, his nickname, in Mogadishu, Somalia on Sept. 8, 2011.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail/Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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