Call for Entries: Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award


The Canadian Journalism Foundation

Release Date

Thursday, January 21, 2021



  • Applicants will be accepted from Canadian photojournalists with less than five years experience. This can include students, freelance photographers or photographers currently employed at regional or non-daily publications.
  • While still photography is main focus of this internship, the successful applicant will also be given some video assignments during the six-week program.
  • The successful applicant must be willing to work at the head office of The Canadian Press in Toronto during the internship. The Hanson Award does not offer living or travel allowances, but a weekly salary of approximately $875 will be paid.
  • The internship will take place between April and September at a time that is agreeable to both the successful applicant and The Canadian Press.
  • Successful applicants must have their own basic camera gear. Long lenses and video cameras will be supplied by The Canadian Press when necessary.
  • The Canadian Press will retain copyright of any images gathered during the internship. However, the successful applicant will be able to use their images for portfolio and other personal uses. The Canadian Journalism Foundation can also use the images for promotional purposes related to the Tom Hanson Award.
  • By submitting a portfolio, the successful applicant permits the use of their images by The Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian Press on social media to promote the next cycle of the award.
  • Successful applicants will write a summary of their experience and prepare a photo/multimedia gallery of their best work upon completion of their internship, to be used by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian Press to further promote the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award.

How to Apply

  • Submit a detailed proposal of no more than 1,000 words on how you would use this internship to expand your experience as a photojournalist. The Hanson Award is geared toward photographers looking to break into daily photojournalism on the national or international stage, so applicants should focus on how the internship would help them accomplish this goal.
  • Submit a portfolio of at least 12 and no more than 25 photos.
  • Each photo must be captioned. It may also include a brief background explanation on how the photo was captured.
  • Applicants may also submit a multimedia presentation that includes video.
  • Include your resume. Applicants may also submit a letter of recommendation from a current employer or teacher, although this is not mandatory.

Applications for the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award can be submitted beginning Jan. 18, 2021. The deadline is Feb. 19, 2021. The successful applicant will be selected in March, 2021 and announced shortly afterwards.

All entries should be sent in one Zip file using following naming convention:

Files within the Zip file should follow the same naming convention:



If you have any problems with your entry please contact
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wendy Kan at

Selection Committee

Catherine Hanson, spouse of Tom Hanson
Heide Kaspar-Glorieux, mother of Tom Hanson
Megan Leach, director, planning and packaging, CP News Photos and Visual Content, The Canadian Press
Joe O’Connal, assistant editor, CP News Photos and Visual Content, The Canadian Press
Graeme Roy, curator, Visual Content, The Canadian Press
Frank Gunn, national photographer, The Canadian Press
Fred Chartrand, retired national photographer and contributing freelance photographer, The Canadian Press
Tony Caldwell, photographer, Ottawa Sun
Marta Iwanek, photojournalist and 2015 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner
Michelle Siu, photojournalist and 2012 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner
Scott White, editor of the The Conversation Canada and honorary governor of The Canadian Journalism Foundation

The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award is generously supported by:

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