This photo of American gymnast Donnell Whittenburg, taken during the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, was part of Eduardo Lima's Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award submission. View Lima's portfolio submission.


2016 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award Winner: Eduardo Lima

Eduardo Lima is this year's winner of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press.

Lima, a Toronto-based freelance photojournalist who is a regular contributor to Corbis Images and Metroland Media and who has been published in the Toronto Star and Le Monde, will be joining The Canadian Press Toronto head office for a six-week internship.

"I'm thrilled and honoured for the opportunity to work at The Canadian Press alongside their great team of photojournalists," says Lima. "I would like to gain a better understanding of what Canadian editors are seeking from photographers and expand my technical skills as I cover a wide range of assignments. I am looking forward to photographing sports such as professional baseball or hockey, which I am less familiar with as I grew up in Latin America. I hope that the daily challenges and the pressure I will face during the six-week internship will push me to become a better photojournalist. "

The jury reviewed a number of submissions from early-career photojournalists before selecting Lima, whose portfolio reflected a range of subjects.

"While there were a number of strong entries for this award, Eduardo Lima has an excellent eye for action in sports and emotion in other situations," says Fred Chartrand, a jury member who is a freelancer and former long-time staff photographer for The Canadian Press. "His portfolio tells you he loves what he does. It looks like he has what it takes to think quickly on his feet but also takes the time to read and anticipate the special moments that make for a great image. Eduardo also shows he loves to play with light and executes this well in his portraits of people. He would be an excellent addition to any team of photojournalists."

Lima was recognized at the annual CJF Awards on June 16, 2016 in Toronto.

Selection Committee
Catherine Hanson, spouse of Tom Hanson
Heide Glorieux-Kaspar, mother of Tom Hanson
Graeme Roy, director of news photography, The Canadian Press
Frank Gunn, national photographer, The Canadian Press
Fred Chartrand, freelance photographer and former national photographer, The Canadian Press
Tony Caldwell, photographer, Ottawa Sun
Domenic Macri, art director, Report on Business
Scott White, vice-chair, The Canadian Journalism Foundation

The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award

Tom Hanson was a photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to the cut-and-thrust of the House of Commons told vivid stories. He was an award-winning photographer for The Canadian Press who travelled around the world and across the country, shooting some of the most iconic news and sports images of the last 15 years.

When Hanson died suddenly at age 41 in 2009, his family, friends, colleagues at The Canadian Press and the country's photojournalism community wanted to find an appropriate way to honour his memory, talent and spirit. The result was the creation of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award.

The Hanson Award is administered by The Canadian Journalism Foundation and offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto for a photojournalist in the early stages of his or her career. The annual internship is designed to give a photographer trying to break into the business the chance to perform on the national stage.

The Hanson Award is open to any Canadian photojournalist who has been in the business less than five years -- from students to freelancers to photographers working at regional publications.

Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their work to a selection committee made up of Canadian Journalism Foundation board members, photographers and photo editors from The Canadian Press and daily newspapers and members of Tom's family.

The six-week internship will take place sometime between April and September, the exact time of the placement to be worked out between the successful applicant and The Canadian Press. The winning applicant will be paid a salary equivalent of the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press. Award winners will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

This award closed on January 14, 2016.



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