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The 2017 Canon Me­dia Awards, held in June, an­nounced

The New Zealand Her­ald pho­tog­ra­pher Alan Gibson as Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. Stand-outs in Gibson’s port­fo­lio in­clude the cap­tured heart­break of a fam­ily mourn­ing the deaths of an el­derly cou­ple at the hands of a metham­phetamine-fu­elled stranger, a sculp­tor at work at night in his home-made foundry, and a surfer caught on the crest of a giant wave off the Kaik­oura Coast. The judges said that Gibson’s port­fo­lio was an ex­cel­lent demon­stra­tion of pho­to­jour­nal­ism across all gen­res and that his use of light and mo­ment made him a wor­thy win­ner among a strong field. Kim Con­ner, CEO of Canon New Zealand, says he was in­cred­i­bly in­spired by the tal­ented pho­to­graphic and videog­ra­phy win­ners who cap­tured mo­ments that have moved the na­tion through­out the past year. “Canon have proudly sup­ported the Canon Me­dia Awards for the last 11 years, cel­e­brat­ing New Zealand’s finest jour­nal­ists,” says Con­ner. Best News Photo was awarded to Blair Pat­tin­son of the Otago Daily Times for his iconic news pic­ture of Queen­stown po­lice wrestling two crim­i­nals to the ground af­ter a long car chase that was ended due to a herd of sheep be­ing on the road. Mike Scott of The New Zealand Her­ald won Best Photo Es­say with his riv­et­ing por­trayal of young girls in ru­ral China hav­ing their hair chopped off to make wigs for the Western mar­ket. Best Photo ( Ju­nior) was awarded to Chris­tel Yard­ley of the Waikato Times for her im­age cap­tur­ing a ten­der mo­ment be­tween an el­derly woman car­ing for her hus­band af­ter he was abused at a rest home.

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