Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith brought home first place in the pictorial category at the News Photographers Association of Canada awards Saturday night.
Smith won for his his June 2013 aerial photo of a vehicle washed off of Highway 83, south of Highway 2, after a series of powerful storms ripped through Westman. Smith said after spending a day on the ground, he and a Sun reporter were able to track down a pilot in Virden to get an aerial view.
The image "tells the story of the flooding but it kind of has a peaceful esthetic," Smith said. "When I shoot, I’m looking to tell a story from a unique perspective that readers might not be familiar with."
Smith was also nominated for the Photojournalist of the Year award for which he submitted a portfolio of 12 images taken throughout 2013. That award was won by John Lehmann from the Globe and Mail.
This isn’t the first year Smith’s name has been featured in this competition.
In 2008, he received an honourable mention in the feature category and in 2009 placed second in that same category. In 2010, he finished first in three categories — feature, pictorial and portrait — and was also a nominee for Photojournalist of the Year.
Winnipeg Free Press photojournalists brought home some hardware as well. Joe Bryksa and Melissa Tait got first place for team multimedia for their feature on deaf swimming. And Ruth Bonneville won first place for feature photo.
The News Photographers Association of Canada honours wwere announced during the 2013 National Pictures of the Year Awards Gala on Saturday night in Vancouver. More than 1,150 images and multimedia projects from across Canada were entered in this year’s competition.
Meanwhile, Sun crime reporter Ian Hitchen has also been nominated for a national award. Hitchen is one of four nominees for the local reporting award in the 65th National Newspaper Awards competition. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Charlottetown, P.E.I., on Friday, May 30.
The nomination recognizes Hitchen’s continuing coverage of allegations that children in a close-knit Manitoba Old Order Mennonite community had been physically abused, some with a cattle prod.