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CBC photojournalists win national photography awards

Two CBC Vancouver photojournalists received national photography awards on Saturday by the News Photographers Association of Canada.

CBC Vancouver's Ben Nelms and Maggie MacPherson win National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards

This photo from June 4, 2019 of Muslims offering prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr in Vancouver, British Columbia was part of a portfolio entry that earned CBC's Ben Nelms photojournalist of the year at the National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Two CBC Vancouver photojournalists received national photography awards on Saturday by the News Photographers Association of Canada.

Ben Nelms was awarded photojournalist of the year in the 13th annual National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition for a portfolio of work. He was also nominated for spot news. 

This July 24, 2019 photo of a man being taken into custody after VPD officers responded to reports of a man with a knife earned CBC photographer Ben Nelms a nomination for an award for best spot news. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Originally from Edmonton, Nelms began shooting with CBC in April 2019. He has previously been nominated for multiple NPOYs, winning an award for photo story of the year in 2012. 

"I'm really honoured to have won the photojournalist of the year award," Nelms said when asked for comment. 

"This is something I've been working towards since the beginning of my career, and it feels even more meaningful winning this award not as a freelancer, but as a part of the CBC team.

"Canadian photojournalism is something I'm very passionate about contributing to and preserving, and to see our national broadcasting corporation investing in photojournalism as a way to connect with our audience is extremely exciting."

A man swims in a clear glass bottom pool more than 60 metres above the ground in Concord Pacific’s new condo building the Arc in Vancouver, British Columbia on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Maggie MacPherson was awarded first place in the "Personality" category for her intimate portraits of Stephen "Red" Robinson, a former resident of Oppenheimer Park.

"It's an honour to work as a photojournalist in this country, an honour to share stories with the public through my lens," she wrote.

"Thank you News Photographers Association of Canada for this recognition and to CBC Vancouver for your constant support." 

MacPherson is from Vernon, B.C., and started working with CBC in June 2019. 

Before being recently housed, Red was living in the homeless camp in Oppenheimer Park as one of tens of thousands of people in B.C. who are in line for social housing. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

Over 2,000 photographs along with 22 multimedia productions from across Canada were entered in this year's competition, which is the largest of its kind in Canada. 

The nominated photographs can be viewed online here.

The nominated photos are featured during the Capture Photography Festival held at the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia from March 23 to May 15. 

Red finds a grasshopper. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

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