Free application day today!!!!

There is still room in the Photojournalism tent! To help those considering their future still who may not have applied to the best kept secret in visual communication instruction in North America, Loyalist College is waiving the $150 application fee for today, May 19th. Please contact our recruitment officer Gretta Barnwell at (613) 969-1913 x 2874 for details.

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A toast… the “Muse”


I had the distinct pleasure of attending the opening of a very special exhibit recently at the Gladstone Hotel Gallery in Toronto, part of Scotiabank’s Contact 2017 Photo Festival.

Seven of the eight female photographers participating in “Muse” , as mentioned in an earlier post, are part of the Loyalist Photojournalism family.

All of the participants graduated in different years, yet there they were, together, each sharing a personal vision with their work. Their collective works simply blew me away.

It got me thinking on the long drive home……… thinking about how during the early days of each and every first semester at Loyalist, we talk about the philosophy of “the camera”, and how we hope each new student embraces the camera as their best friend……….a searchlight at times…. a sounding board…. a mirror ….but a constant in our lives, in good times or bad. While really just a tool, the camera is more than just a picture wrench. We hope students will embrace the camera as something more than that device with which they will make a living.

These eight women personify that philosophy in this show. This exhibit defines that philosophy of journey, growth and witness.

Each photographer lets you, the viewer, experience their personal journey. It was an honour to see it and it reminded me how lucky we are here at Loyalist to be even a small part of that journey.

Please go visit this exhibit at the Gladstone this month. You will be very glad you did.- Frank O’Connor

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Three of our “PhotoJ Family” honoured by the Magenta Foundation

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 5.06.45 PM     Chris Donovan, class of 2017, is having quite a year! Already announced as winner of the CP Tom Hanson award, and recently named NPAC student photographer of the year, Chris has just been named as one of the top 100 emerging photographers by the  Magenta Foundation. Also honoured was Marta Iwanek, class of 2015 and Michelle Siu who also studied at Loyalist.

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 5.12.48 PMFor more of Chris Donovan’s work, including his stories on Flint Michigan’s water crisis (above) see see his website Congratulations Chris, Marta and Michelle! For more on the magenta foundation see

For Marta Iwanek’s site see

For Michelle Siu’s site, see

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Calling all Americans…….to PhotoJ!

blogFLAG    Watching the locations of those who visit this blog, I am always struck by the large number of views generated from the United States. As I type this, it occurs to me that while the US (Rochester NY) is a scant 35 -40 miles across the lake, we traditionally receive very few applications from our neighbours to the south.

So………….this is an invitation to come and study Photojournalism with us here at Loyalist College! If you are visually oriented, interested in the modern communications skill set of photography, writing, and multimedia production, and love to tell stories, then perhaps you might want to consider studying with us.

Apart from being the only full time 2-year Photojournalism Program in Canada, our students regularly receive international recognition from organizations such as World Press and POYI, among others for their photographic accomplishments.

One of the best incentives for US citizens is the cost. Far less expensive than the equivalent in the US college or university systems, the added benefit of a 30% currency exchange discount off the top makes the tuition for Americans even more attractive.

Fourth semester field placements can be done in the US, lessening the time away from home and allowing for a solid entry into the US job market.

And best of all, you get to experience ALL things Canadian while you are here!

The visa application process for US citizens studying in Canada is considerably easier and shorter than it is for other countries. There is still time to apply to begin your studies in September with us.

If you wish to discuss this further, please contact our International Coordinator Jodie Russet at , or contact me, Frank O’Connor at If you would like to discuss it over the phone, I can be reached at 613 969-1913 x2270. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Come to the Gladstone to see the work of eight outstanding Canadian female Photojournalists

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 2.14.24 PMSeven of the eight photojournalists participating in Muse are members of the Loyalist Photojournalism Program Family. See the links below for more info.

Participating Artists:

Laurence Butet-RochChloe EllingsonMarta Iwanek, Anica JamesHannah YoonGalit RodanAnnie Sakkab + Michelle Siu.

Curated by Rachel Wine

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Zach Prong wins NPAC Picture of the Year for 2016

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 10.31.55 AMZachary Prong, Photojournalism class of 2016 has won Picture of the Year in the News Photographers Association of Canada’s National Pictures of the Year competition held in Toronto on May 6.  Chris Donovan, class of 2017 was named Student Photographer of the Year. Congratulations Zach and Chris, and to the 12 other Loyalist PhotoJ grads awarded prizes in the competition. For a full list of the winners use this link

Congratulations  to all!Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 10.31.29 AM

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Once a PhotoJ……always a PhotoJ!

ContactGroupOver 130 grads,  students, advisors, faculty, friends, family, rugby players, and well wishers joined us at the 519 on Church St. in Toronto Wednesday evening, to celebrate Giovanni Capriotti’s 2017 World Press Win , and to help kick off the start of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. At the end of the night, as the evening came to a close, a last minute idea to grab of photo of the last few stragglers produced this group photo and the realization once again that we are all part of the Loyalist Photojournalism family, and will always be. Congrats again to Giovanni and to Darren Calabrese, who placed third in the same category, but was just a bit too far away on the east coast to join us! It was a wonderful night.

Look to this space for more Loyalist PhotoJ grads participating in Contact this year, beginning tonight with the News Photographers Association of Canada’s annual conference  – National Pictures of the Year NOMINEES SHOW
First Canada Place – 100 King Street West, Lobby Level

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