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    Photo Story 1st

    Ben Nelms / Canadian Geographic / Reuters

    In a wealthy country like Canada you would think that no one, save for a few homeless, would search through dumpsters for food. And, you would be wrong. In communities across the continent you may find people going through the garbage. They call themselves “freegans” – the word compounded from “free” and “vegan”- and they gather edible food from the garbage bins of grocery stores or food stands that would otherwise have been thrown away. Bread, fruit and vegetables, canned goods and even ice-cream is found and given a second chance. Freegans aim to spend little or no money purchasing food and other goods, not through financial need but to try to address issues of over-consumption and excess. For most, freeganism is a lifestyle, not a diet or fad.


    Photo Story 2nd

    Ben Nelms / Canadian Geographic

    Last year, Canada became home to the first shark fishery in the world that was labeled with a Marine Stewardship Council certification. This is an internationally recognized certification that lists the B.C Spiny Dogfish Shark industry as ‘certified sustainable seafood.’ The fishery is located in the Pacific waters of Canada, off the coast and around Vancouver Island.

    Sharks have been hunted by humans for centuries. Typically, they were harvested to produce shark fin soup – a delicacy in Chinese culture – and the practice continues today in Canadian Pacific waters. Animal rights advocates criticize the shark fin harvest, often referencing horrific videos and photographs to argue the process is inhumane and unjustified. Proponents counter that consuming shark fins is integral to maintaining cultural traditions.


    Photo Story 3rd

    Marco Camponozzi / La Presse

    Two years after the revolution, Egyptians are ask to vote over a controversial referendum according new power to president Mohamed Morsi. Many Egyptians see the new constitution has a regression for the people and the population his polarized over the debate. Anti-Morsi protesters tear-up a copy of a controversial constitution project and demonstrate on Tharir Square.


    Photojournalist of the Year Winner

    Winner: John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail


    • Todd Korol, Reuters
    • Mark Blinch, Reuters
    • Didier Debusschere, Journal De Quebec
    • Fred Lum, The Globe and Mail.


    Picture of the Year


    Single Multimedia

    • First place: Patrick Callbeck (They don’t Rest)
    • Second place: Marta Iwanek. (A Different Kind of Love)
    • Third place: Bernard Weil/Toronto Star. (Last Chance)
    • Honorary Mention: Peter Power/The Globe and Mail (Sierra Leone)


    Team Multimedia

    • First place: Ruth Bonneville and Melissa Tait/The Winnipeg Free Press (Tough Mudder)
    • Second place: Jonathan Hayward Christa LeCraw and Paul Wright (Whistler Crankworx)
    • Third place: Phil Hossack and Melissa Tait/The Winnipeg Free Press (Jaun’s Story)
    • Honorary Mention: Ryan Jackson, Megan Voss, Leah Hennel/Edmonton Journal (Planet Alberta)