Apr 042017

The News Photographers Association of Canada recently held the judging for their annual National Pictures of the Year competition. I’ve never really been much for photo contests; while I absolutely appreciate the outstanding work produced by my contemporaries, it’s just not been my ‘thing’ to enter.

In 2016 I had what I consider to be a great year, making some images I’m really very proud of. With a bit of a shove from a couple of people who are close to me, I decided to enter some of my work in this year’s competition and was astounded when, while watching the live judging of the Sports Action category online, I watched two of my images make the final seven before the judges went offline to make their nominations.

I’m quite humbled that when the finalists were announced, I learned that one of theĀ images I made while on assignment for Major League Baseball Photos duringĀ the Toronto Blue Jays playoff run was nominated as one of the top three in category.

Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays slides home past Texas Rangers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 3 of the ALDS, clinching the series at Rogers Centre on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Jon Blacker/MLB Photos

The winners will be announced during the NPAC Annual Conference in Toronto at a Gala Awards evening on May 6.