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

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. 

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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