Photojournalism Pioneer returns for September 2018

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A crowd of 80 marched the streets of downtown Belleville for the annual Take Back the Night rally on Thursday evening. Take Back the Night is an international event that aims to end sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms. The group marched through Station Street to Pinnacle and down Moira back to Lion’s Park where attendees listened to speakers and ate together. Photo by Shelby Lisk

Education key to ending sexual violence

By Shelby Lisk

This year’s Take Back the Night march attracted a large crowd to Lion’s Park in Belleville on Thursday evening at dusk to rally with women for an end to sexual and gender-based violence.

The rally and march happens every year, around the world, to give power back to women to walk safely in their neighbourhoods at night, without the threat of violence or harassment.

Ellen Carlisle, the public educator with the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District says that in their planning meetings, education was a word that kept being brought up and became this year’s theme.

“We all really believe that education is so important in ending sexual violence and ending domestic violence and violence against women. We really believe that having conversations will create effective change,” says Carlisle.

The rally functions as a place to educate the public on sexual violence and harassment and the recent changes to the sexual education curriculum in Ontario were in the back of the minds of committee members as they organized the event.

Carlisle says the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres is doing a lot of work with community partners to advocate for having health and sexual education teaching that is up-to-date and in line with the times.

“It’s really important that in our schools what we’re learning is lined up with what communities are thinking, the way we’re talking about violence now, and sexual identity… that we’re supporting our trans communities and our queer communities. As well, talking about this kind of stuff reduces the stigma and all the myths around sexual violence, around people’s identities and then leads to more understanding which leads to less cases of violence actually occurring,” says Carlisle.

Leah Morgan, public education co-ordinator at Three Oaks Foundation adds that it’s important that women know their rights.

“I think being educated on their rights is very important because sometimes women are unaware that they’re even being victimized, so education is important in being aware and minimizing victim blaming in general,” says Morgan.

The committee asked for members of the community to talk about different issues relating to education and speak their truths about sexual violence and harassment.   

Readings opened the rally with creative writing, poetry and short stories.

The theme of education is bringing future generations to the forefront. Lillian Davidson read to the group of over 80 community members, asking the audience “What if our children, our future, were given what we were denied?”

Morgan also addressed the crowd about the importance of future generations.

“We think that education is a very proactive way in raising awareness and preparing children as they grow and go into intimate relationships,” says Morgan.

Elissa Robertson, from Warrior Women of Quinte agrees that education needs to start with youth.

“When living in a society that both directly and indirectly enables sexual violence, education is the remedy. It’s easier and more effective to teach children about consent, boundaries, gender equality and healthy relationships than it is to have adults unlearn healthy core beliefs,” says Robertson.

The community organizations involved in organizing Take Back the Night were the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District, Red Cedars, Three Oaks, Community Advocacy and Legal Centre, Quinte Health Care’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Program, Ontario Native Women’s Association, Warrior Women of Quinte as well as individual community members.

“Our centres have been around for over 20 years or maybe more than that. We’re really just bringing up these issues again and saying, ‘Hey, we’re still here. We’re still concerned about this stuff and it’s something to pay attention to,’ ” says Carlisle.


Riley Young (left) and Shylah Bernhardt (right) sit quietly listening to speakers at the Take Back the Night rally on Thursday evening. The young girls attended the rally with their grandmother and step-mother, respectively. This year’s theme was education, with empowering and teaching youth at the forefront. “It’s easier and more effective to teach children about consent, boundaries, gender equality and healthy relationships than it is to have adults unlearn healthy core beliefs,” says Elissa Robertson from Warrior Women of Quinte. Photo by Shelby Lisk


Stacey Trubridge reads a piece about her experiences with sexual harassment to the crowd at Take Back the Night. Trubridge recounts events with an unknown taxi driver and a night where a friend had saved her from unwanted advances in a man’s car, both ended with Trubridge running away. At the end of her moving piece, she reads: “We shouldn’t have to feel afraid. We should all feel free. Free to walk alone at night, free to dress however we feel comfortable, free to smile when we choose to, free to express our emotions and our truths, free to speak our minds. Well, I refuse to be afraid anymore. I want to be free. So tonight, as I stand in solidarity with my sisters, I am taking back my night.” Photo by Shelby Lisk



Kassie Boone, 27, professional FMX driver from Belmont, Ont., flies through the air on her 2008 Suzuki RM250 bike while doing a 75 feet jump at the Kingston Fall Fair on Saturday 15th. Boone has been racing professionally by the age of 16, and is the only female BMX driver in Canada that can jump lengths of 70+ feet. Photo by Amy Walton

Excitement fills the air at fall fair

By Amy Walton

Extreme motorbike stunts and competitive modified lawn tractor racing had the crowd at the Kingston Fall Fair cheering with excitement last Saturday.

The fair is home to many creative events and competitions that show off unique skillsets. Baking, craft making, tractor pulling, horse shows and steer shows have always been a part of the fair circuit and are greatly admired. Rides, games and food are always common at fairs, but the Kingston fair is expanding its types of entertainment to new heights, literally and figuratively. One of the standout attractions was an interesting new show called the Motocross Thrill Show that showcases Canadian professional FMX freestylers from Edge Motorsports.

Three different riders, Tyler Davidson, Ray Post and Kassie Boone soared to tremendous heights. They jumped their bikes from one platform, and landed perfectly on another, after doing impressive poses in the air. The riders jump over 30 feet in the air off the ramp and pose in mid-air with their legs or hands off the bike, making these even more impressive tricks. They don’t seem possible until you have seen them with your own eyes.

The length of the jump is 75 feet and Boone is currently the only female to be jumping lengths this long in all of Canada.

Each of the FMX professionals pulled off impressive and shocking stunts in the air. The most crowd-shocking stunt was called the “Dead Body” performed by Post. In the stunt, he takes his feet off the bike and holds on by his fingertips until he let’s go completely and is hovering above the bike, not touching it at all. He somehow manages to get back on the bike just in time before it hits the platform.

The fair had another fast-paced competition with members of the Grass Hogs, a lawn tractor racing club based in Eastern Ontario. Grass Hogs is one of only two clubs that offer lawn tractor racing in Ontario. It’s their 10th consecutive year at the Kingston Fair with 25 current members.

One of the youngest competing on Saturday was an eight-year-old girl named Georgia Morris from Havelock, Ont. Her dad is also in the club and competed in the senior races. There were a couple of families with three or four members all competing and riding their own lawn tractors. All kinds of ages participated in the races at the fair, the oldest being a 70-year-old man.

Sam Davidson, the organizer of Grass Hogs, says, “Everybody’s here to have fun, that’s what the name of the game is. We’re entertainment for the fair. We want the people to enjoy their day, looking at what these guys do.”

Davidson also talked about this as a family event, and all the group members form close relationships. They even go out to dinner after their races.

Jake Hollett is 22 and has been part of Grass Hogs racing lawn tractors for seven years now and has won every race he’s ever competed in besides one. He can’t even recall how many wins he’s had overall, but another rider vouches that he has two barrels that are overflowing with trophies.

He has two different racing tractors that he has built and does all the work on them himself. One is a modified lawn tractor and another is for the open class competition. In open class, you can do anything you want to the motor and essentially go faster.

“They’re made to look like a lawn mower, but mostly they’re not lawn mower parts. It’s basically a high-powered go-kart. It’s got a lawn mowers hood and fenders on it,” says Hollett about his open class lawn tractor.

Once again, Hollett left the fair undefeated, winning first place in the MOD competition and first again in the free class race. After his last race his face and body were drenched in mud from the track.

The Grass Hogs travel to all kinds of different events. Coming up they will be at the Wellington Pumpkinfest and the Norwood Fair. Other fairs being held in September are-the Stratford Fall Fair, Markham Fair and Tyendinaga Mohawk Fair.

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Spinning Ferris wheel at the Kingston Fall Fair. Later in the day, as it got cooler, the number of park quests tripled and the park became crowded with giant lines.  Photo by Amy Walton


It’s Jake Hollett’s 7th year of racing. He won first place in both races he competed in at the Kingston Fall Fair. First was the modified lawn mower race, and the victory lap he’s doing here is from the open class mower race. Photo by Amy Walton


Caleb Caspary, 4, feeds a Billy goat corn and seeds at a petting zoo at the Kingston Fall Fair. Photo by Amy Walton


As the day turns to evening, a competitor squares up and raises her leg as she is about to throw a hard pitch at the BatterUp game at the Kingston Fall Fair. Photo by Amy Walton


Joan Buchanan played three separate rounds of skee-ball, levelling up her prizes each time so that she could eventually win this rainbow teddy bear that she thought was so cute. Photo by Amy Walton

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A 10-year-old bull terrier/ Rottweiler mix named Calleigh competed in the Canine Watersport’s competition at the Kingston Fall Fair. Photo by Amy Walton

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Presenting the Photojournalism class of 2018-19


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Welcome to Loyalist College Photojournalism 2018!

Looking forward seeing all of you on Tuesday! Have a look at the Orientation Week timetables for first and second year students. See you soon! Can’t wait!

First Year Orientation Week 2018

Second Year Orientation Week 2018


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Nice article on 2017 grad Chris Donovan

Chris Donovan has accomplished a lot since graduating in 2017. The native New Brunswicker has put together a long string of accomplishments in a very short time, all the result of some very hard work and dedication, and is well deserving of this very nice recent piece in edition.

Chris Donovan – Saint John Photographer Becomes Youngest to Win Canada’s Top Photojournalism Awards

For those who grew up in Saint John, the city’s industrial quality offers a certain Victorian-workhouse charm. With parts of the city suffering with more than its fair share of rundown buildings, smokestacks and, of course, the fog, residents both curse at and fall in love with the city’s unique character. Capturing this side of the city in all of its rawness and beauty is photojournalist Chris Donovan. The Saint John photographer recently became the youngest ever to win Canada’s top photojournalism awards: Photojournalist of the Year and Picture of the Year for 2017 from the News Photographers Association of Canada.

The News Photographers Association of Canada currently comprises 250 photojournalists from across the country, 85 of who submitted photos to win the 2017 awards.

Donovan’s winning portfolio contained picture stories from Saint John, including one called “Patricia’s Dolls,” which showcases a 45-year-old woman named Patricia Garnett who is known in the city as the “Doll Lady.” After suffering brain damage as an infant and assault leading to pregnancy as a teen, Garnett now cares for dolls as if they were real children and wanted to share her story.

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Also in Donovan’s portfolio is a story called “The Cloud Factory,” which showcases how environmental classism is inherently tied to growing up in certain parts Saint John. These photos depict the disparity of Saint John being both home to the largest oil refinery in Canada and while also having the second-highest rate of child poverty in the country. Donovan captures how those two notions somehow seem inextricably linked to the identities of many who have grown up in Saint John.

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His accomplishments have made him one of the few Maritimers to win these awards, but they have also made him the youngest person ever to win them and the first to win them both in the same year.

Donovan has also taken first place in the categories of Photograph of the Year (for a photo of a Haitian migrant crossing the border illegally into Quebec), Social Issues and Portrait/Personality, first and second place in Picture Story Feature, and second place in General News and Picture Story International. And, one of the photos from “Patricia’s Dolls” recently won an Atlantic Journalism Award.

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Though having long ago earned a reputation in the industry as the “Humans of Saint John guy,” Donovan has simply had to accept his fate, saying, “I honestly hate being the ‘Humans of Saint John guy.’

“I never make magic happen. Magic happens and I happen to be there with the experience to know how to recognize when it’s happening. I took a lot of bad pictures for a long time. You have to do that if you ever want to take good pictures. That’s why I have a hard time identifying with Humans of Saint John. I think the interviews were good and it served a purpose and I’m proud of what it did to bring the community together in some small way, but they definitely are very far from my best pictures.”

All the more impressive, Donovan graduated from Photojournalism school just last year, but he explains that he got a head start by training in the field from a young age.

I started photographing the deer in my backyard with my parents’ compact film camera. And I was also inspired by the architecture and people of Saint John since I was a kid. I maybe took my first street photos in Saint John when I was 13 or 14. It’s endlessly inspiring and I hope to document the city for as long as I live,” he says.

I think it was in my blood. My grandfather, George Dubé, was a photographer working in Bathurst for most of his life. He died months before my birth and my grandmother always called me ‘George reincarnate.’ So I grew up around his paintings and photographs, sort of idolizing them. I actually have his artist signature tattooed on my chest. I really wish he could see what I do now, but for my grandmother (who passed two years ago) to see and and tell me how happy he would have been was pretty special.”

Donovan states that he takes a large amount of his inspiration from photojournalist John Stanmeyer, who has had his photographs published on the covers of such magazines as National Geographic and Time.

“I actually just spent last weekend with John Stanmeyer, an incredible photographer and incredible mind, who was in Toronto for the awards show and conference,” says Donovan of his idol. “He has shot more than 15 covers of Time Magazine and more than 10 covers of National Geographic over the years. When you look at his pictures you would think everything he sees is perfect, but it’s far from that.

“He photographs in crazy, hectic, sometimes very dangerous situations and creates beautiful, well-composed, colourful, enlightening images. And it’s because the rules of composition are beyond second nature to him. It becomes part of your subconscious. And I’m certainly nowhere near his level, but a lot of things have become second nature to me, and when I enter a space, I’m able to see what ‘the picture’ is going to be usually within the first 30 seconds. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s just a background and I have to wait for that ‘magic’ to happen in front of the beautiful background I’ve stumbled across.”

At only 22 years old, these accomplishments are a great feat for Donovan, and his photojournalism helps to keep the beautiful, but often overlooked, province of New Brunswick on the map, even if they do showcase of some of its rougher edges.

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all those dads in the Loyalist PhotoJ family! 2014 grad Justin Chin dropped by for a visit recently, with wife Karina and son Theo. Justin works as an assignment editor for Bloomberg in Hong Kong, and was introducing his son to the Loonie milkshakes at Reid’s Dairy, a favourite  during his time as a Photojournalism student at Loyalist! Happy Fathers Day all.JustinChinFamily

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Announcing the 2018 Photojournalism Faculty Awards

Screen Shot 2018-06-05 at 11.08.06 AMCongratulations to the 2018 winners…

The Peter Brysky Memorial Award recognizes overall commitment to and proficiency in, the craft of Photojournalism.

The winner is Andrew Ryan

The Paul Henry Memorial Award recognizes a commitment to news coverage, particularly breaking spot news.

The winner is Andrej Ivanov

The Bill Hunt Memorial Award recognizes excellence in reporting and writing in the first year of the Photojournalism program.

The winner is Shelby Lisk

The Bob Huggan Memorial Award recognizes excellence in reporting and writing in the second year of the Photojournalism Program.

The winner is Vanessa Tignanelli

The Shaun Best Memorial Award recognizes dedication to and excellence in the field of sports photojournalism.

The winner is Sasha Sefter

 The Doug Wicken Award recognizes commitment and excellence in still picture Documentary Photojournalism and visual storytelling.

The winner is Andrew Ryan

The Bill White Award recognizes perseverance, excellence and positive attitude displayed by a student in either or both years of the program.

The winner is Tae Hyeong Kim

The Pioneer Award recognizes overall excellence and commitment to publishing.

The winner is Raven McCoy

The John Peterson Memorial Award  recognizes excellence and proficiency in the discipline of Picture editing.

The winner is Yader Guzman

The Val Baltkalns Memorial Award  recognizes excellence in editorial portraiture.

The winner is Andrew Ryan

The Multimedia Award recognizes overall excellence in and commitment to multimedia storytelling.

The winner is Vanessa Tignanelli

The First Year  Excellence in Photojournalism Award  recognizes overall excellence in all areas of Photojournalism during the first year of the Photojournalism program.

The winner is Andrej Ivanov

Congratulations all! Patti, Scott, Dan, Linda and Frank

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Candlelight Vigil in Toronto for Slain Afghan Journalists

Assad Sharifi , 2017 PhotoJ grad, of Pluralist Media has sent along this news release.

Candlelight Vigil for Slain Afghan Journalists 

On Thursday 03, May 3, 2018, at 8 p.m., the Afghan community of professional journalists, media personalities and community members from all walks of life will hold a Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the recent assassinations and killings of Afghan journalists. The march will start at Yonge and College.

On April 26, 2018, Abdul Manan Arghand was assassinated in Kandahar city by unknown assailants. On April 30, 2018 Ahmad Shah, a BBC Pashto reporter was gunned down in Khost City by unknown attackers. On the same day a well-coordinated attack killed nine journalists in the heart of Kabul City. The following list shows their names and the media outlet of their employment.

  1. Mahram Durani – Azadi Radio
  2. Ebadullah Hananzai – Azadi Radio
  3. Yar Mohammed Tokhi – Tolo News
  4. Ghazi Rasouli – 1 TV
  5. Nawrouz Ali Rajabi (Khamoosh) – 1 TV
  6. Shah Marai Faizi – AFP
  7. Saleem Talash – Mashal TV
  8. Ali Saleemi – Mashal TV
  9. Sabawoon Kakar – Azadi Radio

We will also commemorate the slain journalists:

  • Reporter Nils Horner, 51, killed in unprecedented execution-style attack in Kabul’s diplomatic district.
  • Anja Niedringhaus AP photojournalist killed in the shooting on April 4, 2014. in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost province.
  • Zabihullah Tamanna photojournalist and Translator killed in Helmand province on June 5, 2016
  • David Gilkey NPR photojournalist killed in Helmand province on June 5, 2016 Helmand Province.


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