ALAN GIBSON HONOURED AT THE CANON MEDIA AWARDS
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.