2022 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award

It’s an unbelievable honour to be this year’s recipient of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. My thanks to the Loyalist College Photojournalism faculty for their support the past two years and to The Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian Press (CP) for making this opportunity possible.

Two years ago–at the beginning of my studies at Loyalist College–my classmates and I were each asked where we hoped to be working after graduation. I said, “The Canadian Press.” 

Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award Winner Alex Lupul

To go from graduation, to a six-week internship at CP is an incredible learning opportunity that I will not take for granted.

I’m looking forward to continuing to improve and expand upon my skill set through daily assignments and from the mentorship of CP’s world-class photojournalists and editors.

I am so grateful to the selection committee for selecting me as this year’s recipient of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award.


Mud splashes in the air during an obstacle course race.

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (24/08/19) - Mud splashes into the air when a participant in the 5K Foam Fest, an obstacle course-based fun run, glides down an inflatable slide on Aug. 24. The inflatable slide was one of more than a dozen obstacles scattered across the course. Photo by Alex Lupul

A fawn and cyclist nearly collide.

WINNIPEG, Man. (08/07/21) - A cyclist nearly collides with a fawn crossing the road at Assiniboine Park on July 8, 2021. Three fawns were spotted running around the park together, before running back into the safety of the forest. Photo by Alex Lupul

A family sits on top of their car while attending an outdoor vigil at a Winnipeg mosque.

WINNIPEG, Man. (11/06/21) - Hundreds attend a drive-in vigil at the Grand Mosque in Winnipeg, Man. on June 10, 2021, to honour five members of a Muslim family who were victims of a truck attack in London, Ont. Four family members were killed, while one was injured. London Police have stated that the attack was a planned and premeditated act, with the Afzaal family being targeted because of their faith. Photo by Alex Lupul

People are photographed from below while climbing a rope ladder obstacles during an obstacle course race.

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (24/08/19) - Participants in the 5K Foam Fest, an obstacle course-based fun run, climb an obstacle called the cargo climb in St. Catharines on Aug. 24. The A-frame rope ladder was one of more than a dozen obstacles scattered across the course. Photo by Alex Lupul

Trees and people are seen in silhouette.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (08/11/20) - Wendy and Bill Kerr sit together while looking out at the dense fog suspended over the Bay of Quinte on Nov. 8 in Belleville, Ont. The Memory Lane Trail in South Foster Park, which runs along the Bay, was previously closed in September to address trail hazards. Photo by Alex Lupul

TORONTO, Ont. (11/05/19) - Toronto FC defender Laurent Ciman (26) holds his head in disbelief after being awarded a yellow card for a tackle against Philadelphia Union forward Fafa Picault (9) at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. Philadelphia defeated Toronto 2-1. Photo by Alex Lupul

A group of people watch a house fire being extinguished by a fire department.

DESERONTO, Ont. (17/11/20) - A group of onlookers watch as a house fire is extinguished on Fourth St., in Deseronto. Ont. on Nov. 17. Deseronto, Mohawk and Napanee fire departments were called to the site shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. No injuries were reported. Photo by Alex Lupul

A man sings along from his car during an outdoor drive-in concert in Toronto.

TORONTO, Ont. (17/07/20) - A fan of the rock band Monster Truck sings along to the band’s live performance from the comfort of his vehicle in Toronto, Ont. on July 7. The socially distanced concert was held in accordance to current COVID-19 safety measures at Toronto’s CityView Drive-In. The concert site is able to safely accommodate 200 vehicles. Photo by Alex Lupul

TORONTO, Ont. (12/06/18) - American pole vaulter Carolina Carmichael clears the bar outside of Toronto City Hall, while competing in Athletics Canada’s Track & Field Takeover at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Ont. on June 12. Photo by Alex Lupul

A hockey puck is frozen in the air during an outdoor ice hockey game.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (30/01/21) - Carson McNulty scores a goal despite the defence of Bradly Drinkle on the frozen Victoria Harbour in Belleville, Ont. on Jan. 30. Located near the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, the location has been a popular area for residents hoping to get outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Alex Lupul

A man with a beard peeks out from a doorway as the sun sets.

PICTON, Ont. (08/11/20) - Christopher Coyle is illuminated by the setting sun while standing in the doorway of his antique store, the Wooden Wishe, in Picton Ont. on Nov. 8. Travel restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in fewer visitors stopping by local shops such as Coyle’s. Photo by Alex Lupul

A couple kiss underneath a rainbow at the Niagara Falls.

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. (31/05/20) - A couple embraces underneath a rainbow at the edge of the Niagara Falls on May 31. With current COVID-19 restrictions in effect, fewer visitors have travelled to the popular tourist destination. Photo by Alex Lupul

Drive-In theatre owners sit in a bus, that serves as their box office, with colourful lighting.

BLOOMFIELD, Ont. (27/09/20) - Drew Downs and Dawn Laing, owners of the Mustang Drive-In, sit inside of the vintage bus that serves as their box office, in Bloomfield, Ont., on Sept. 27, 2020. The new owners have brought a number of special events to the theatre, including a music festival and a fundraiser, alongside pairings of new and classic films. The drive-in’s season will conclude on Oct. 31 with a special Halloween event. Photo by Alex Lupul

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh makes a video with supporters.

KINGSTON, Ont. (16/09/21) - NDP leader Jagmeet Singh participates in a video created by a supporter towards the end of a campaign stop to Lake Ontario Park in Kingston, Ont. on Sept 16. Singh has embraced technology and social media to connect with his voter base, particularly with younger voters, more than any other candidate. This move may suggest a change in how candidates campaign and appeal to voters in future elections. Singh is the only federal leader to make a stop in Kingston, throwing his support behind local candidate Vic Sahai. Photo by Alex Lupul

A man poses for a portrait in an office building with a large plant in the background.

WINNIPEG, Man. (26/08/21) - Grant White, a portfolio manager at Endeavour Wealth Management with IA Private Wealth, is photographed in Endeavour’s Winnipeg office on Aug. 26, 2021. Photo by Alex Lupul

A female tennis player returns serve in the shadows next to a Toronto sign as the sun sets.

TORONTO, Ont. (07/08/19) - Daria Kasatkina returns a shot from Bianca Andreescu during their second round match at the 2019 Rogers Cup in Toronto, Ont on Aug. 7. Andreescu won the match to move onto the next round. Photo by Alex Lupul

Blood drips from a man's nose during an MMA fight.

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (20/11/21) - Blood drips from the nose of Gabe Sagman onto Matt Dawson during their bantamweight fight during the BTC 13 Power event at the Meridian Centre on Nov. 20, 2021 in St. Catharines, Ont. Sagman won the fight by unanimous decision. Photo by Alex Lupul

TORONTO, Ont. (18/05/19) - Team Canada Captain Christine Sinclair celebrates a goal with teammates Sophie Schmidt (13), Nichelle Prince (15), Jessie Fleming (17) and Allysha Chapman (2) during a friendly against Mexico at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. on May 18. Canada won the friendly by a score of 3-0. Photo by Alex Lupul



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