Only a few days left to apply for the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award

Jan 06, 2014, 14:59 ET from Canadian Journalism Foundation

TORONTO, Jan. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Only a few days remain for Canadian photojournalists early in their careers to apply for the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. The deadline is this Thursday, Jan. 9.

Photojournalists who have been in the business less than five years are eligible to apply for a paid internship with The Canadian Press. Complete award criteria and application instructions, along with the online application form, are available at

"This is a tough business and for those starting out in photojournalism, this award offers a unique opportunity to hone skills and get national exposure," says Graeme Roy, director of news photography at The Canadian Press.

Last year's winner, freelancer Galit Rodan, spent six weeks in the summer interning at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto. Her experience included shooting news, sports and cultural events, often alongside veteran CP photographers—a highlight of the experience. Rodan's report on her internship and the photos she took during her experience can be found online.

The winner of the 2014 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award will be announced in February. The award will be presented at the 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 4, 2014 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

This award is generously supported by Nikon.

The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press launched the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award in 2009 in memory of award-winning photojournalist Tom Hanson. The award 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 selection committee is made up of CJF board members, photographers and photo editors from The Canadian Press and daily newspapers and members of Mr. Hanson's family. The winning applicant will complete the internship between April and September, 2014, and be paid a salary equivalent of the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press.

Tom Hanson was a photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to the cut-and-thrust of Parliament 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.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation