A year in pictures: the best of the Canon Media Awards photography section

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  • May 14, 2013
  • StopPress Team
A year in pictures: the best of the Canon Media Awards photography section
Richard Robinson, NZ Herald/NZ Geographic

The Canon Media Awards celebrated the best of New Zealand's print and online media industry on Friday night. But the category closest to the main sponsor's heart is obviously photography. So have a look at some of the country's best news-related images from the past year. 

Finalist, best feature photo, Paul Taylor, Hawke's Bay Today
Finalist, best portrait, Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post
Best photo essay or slideshow, Richard Robinson, NZ Herald/NZ Geographic
Best photo essay or slideshow, Richard Robinson, NZ Herald/NZ Geographic
Best photo essay or slideshow, Richard Robinson, NZ Herald/NZ Geographic
Winner, best feature photo, Natasha Martin, The Timaru Herald.
Winner, junior press photographer of the year, Emma Allen, Marlborough Express.
Finalist, best portrait, David White, NZ Listener
Finalist, junior press photographer of the year, Virginia Woolf, The Nelson Mail.
Winner, junior press photographer of the year, Emma Allen, Marlborough Express.
Winner, junior press photographer of the year, Emma Allen, Marlborough Express.
Finalist, junior press photographer of the year, Virginia Woolf, The Nelson Mail.
Finalist, senior press photographer of the year, David White. NZ Listener
Finalist, senior press photographer of the year, Lawrence Smith/Fairfax Media NZ
Winner, best news photo, Kent Blechynden, The Dominion Post
Finalist, senior press photographer of the year, Lawrence Smith/Fairfax Media NZ
Finalist, senior press photographer of the year, David White. NZ Listener
Winner, senior press photographer of the year, Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post
Finalist, senior press photographer of the year, Lawrence Smith/Fairfax Media NZ
Finalist, senior press photographer of the year, Lawrence Smith/Fairfax Media NZ
Winner, senior press photographer of the year, Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post
Winner, senior press photographer of the year, Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post
Winner, best portrait, Robert Kitchin, Manawatu Standard
Finalist, best feature photo, Sarah Ivey, NZ Herald / Associated Press
Finalist, best portrait, David White, NZ Listener
Finalist, best sports picture, Andy Jackson, Taranaki Daily News
Finalist, junior press photographer of the year, Virginia Woolf, The Nelson Mail.
Winner, best sports picture, Iain McGregor, The Press
Finalist, senior press photographer of the year, Lawrence Smith/Fairfax Media NZ

The supreme award of senior press photographer of the year was awarded to Stephen Parker from the Rotorua Daily Post. His portfolio included tense images of the Aotearoa Not For Sale Hikoi, the moment Ngaire Tukiwaho was sentenced to jail and a candid action shot of the craze that swept the globe in 2012, Gangnam Style. Judges commented on Stephen’s ability to capture strong emotion, drama and humour in his images. 

Emma Allen from the Marlborough Express was named best junior press photographer, making this the third year in a row that a Marlborough Express photographer has won the award.  

Best news picture was awarded to Kent Blechynden from The Dominion Post for his powerful image of the clash at Civic Square as Occupy Wellington protestors were evicted.  

Richard Robinson won best photo essay for 'The Great Migration', which showed a pod of humpback whales in Tonga. It featured in The New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Geographic and it's the same award he won in 2011.

Iain McGregor from The Press was presented best sports picture for his striking image of Andrea Hewitt training ahead of the London Olympics.

This year saw the first awards given in two new categories, best feature photo and best portrait, which were taken home by Natasha Martin from the Timaru Herald and Robert Kitchin of the Manuwatu Standard respectively.

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