Chris Donovan, 2017 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner, captured this photo last year in Rogersville, N.B. of Marcel Richard, in front of a mechanic shop in his backyard which has been passed down through three generations of Acadians. The business sits about a mile into the forest through a dirt path on a plot of land that has belonged in Richard’s family since the 1930s. Photo: Chris Donovan.

View Chris Donovan's portfolio submission
View his acceptance speech at the CJF Awards.


CJF and CP announce Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner 
Toronto – Feb. 21, 2017 – Chris Donovan is this year’s winner of the annual Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press.
As winner, Donovan, a final-year photojournalism student at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont., will be joining The Canadian Press Toronto head office for a six-week internship. His undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University focused on photography and printmaking. Last summer, he worked as a reporter and photographer at the Saint John Telegraph-Journal.
“It’s an honour to have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the business at the Canadian Press in memory of a photographer who had an incredible knack for telling a story through a single image,” says Donovan. “I hope to further develop my skills as a visual storyteller through this internship, and I’m excited to begin a new chapter.”
The jury reviewed submissions from students and early-career photojournalists from across the country before selecting Donovan. View his submission portfolio.
According to jury member and 2012 Tom Hanson Award recipient Michelle Siu, Donovan won because he displayed a unique vision and voice that this internship could help develop. “As a former Tom Hanson intern, I drew from my experience to look for someone that could make strong story-telling images, work independently and thrive in shooting a variety of assignments in a fast-paced environment,” says Siu, now a Toronto-based photojournalist. “In addition to his photos being technically strong and compelling, we got a sense of who he is and what he cares about—that is something that really stood out to us.”
Donovan will be formally presented with the award at the CJF Awards on June 8, 2017 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. 

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.


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