March 8 Photojournalism PIoneer

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Ryan Jackson works in multimedia production

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: AUGUST 26, 2010 — Allan Adam, Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation looks out over lake Athabasca in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on August 26, 2010. Adam remembers diving off of the dock when he was a young boy and the water levels were much higher. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Ryan Jackson is an award-winning photojournalist focused on immersive storytelling in 360VR and dome projection. He has worked at various publications across Canada including the Edmonton Journal where he was senior multimedia photojournalist for nine years. He now runs a growing 360VR production company, Full Circle Visuals Inc., based out of Edmonton.

A jack of all trades, Jackson has MacGyvered several award-winning multimedia projects over the years, including 360-degree videos dating back to 2010, interactive games for tablets, and a virtual reality conversation with candidates during an election campaign.

Always keen to share his knowledge, Ryan has been a documentary photojournalism instructor at MacEwan University and has been invited to speak about 360VR at numerous conferences around North America. 
Over the past decade, Jackson has been honoured with 28 national and international awards for his work in multimedia storytelling.

Photojournalism program testimonial

Loyalist taught me the importance of story-telling. It gave me the journalistic skills to find and make images that matter and make a difference. Above all, it surrounded me with people who inspired me and became friends for life.



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March 1 Photojournalism Pioneer

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Marta Iwanek travels between Toronto and the Ukraine

When Mary Duncan was diagnosed with dementia in 2008, her husband Lex began caring for her in their home in Trenton, Ontario. This story looked at the toll this puts on the caregivers. This individual, intimate conflict often takes place behind closed doors, yet impacts countless people. “You think you’ll live forever and never have any problems,” said Lex, “But life ain’t quite like that.” In the fall of 2015, Mary Duncan died and Lex continues to live in their home on his own. About half a million Canadians are currently living with dementia according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada and that number will likely double in the next 15 years.

Marta Iwanek is a photographer based between Ukraine and Toronto, Canada. Her work looks at identity and memory among communities with a focus on family and how we care for one another. Born to parents who were immigrants to Canada, community has played a strong role in her life.
She is a graduate of the journalism program at Ryerson University and the photojournalism program at Loyalist College. Her work has won three Canadian National Magazine Awards, including best new magazine photographer and best photo essay/ photojournalism. Her work has also been recognized by NPPA, Magenta Flash Forward, the Canadian Journalism Foundation Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, AI-AP, Shaun Best Memorial Scholarship and she was a participant in the Eddie Adams Workshop XIII.

Photojournalism program testimonial

Attending the photojournalism program at Loyalist College really instilled in me the beauty in being able to find stories anywhere. This is a lesson and mindset I carry with me to this day in my professional career. The photo I chose to represent me was made while I was a student at Loyalist and is one I still hold very dear to my heart. It was through this project that I fell in love with documentary work and saw the beauty of sharing people’s intimate stories. Loyalist felt like a cocoon for me, where I had time to experiment with different types of storytelling, all the while being supported and pushed by incredibly dedicated teachers and peers.


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Matthew Sherwood working in Canada and Down Under

Two boys embrace on Playa Mi Cayito, a gay beach outside of Havana.
Cuba still has a long way to go to eradicate discrimination and prejudices in its society, but people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are beginning to live openly and be accepted by society.

Matthew Sherwood is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based between Toronto, Canada and Sydney, Australia. He works regularly for Canada’s largest newspapers, news magazines and wires, as well as international clients. When he’s not on assignment, Matthew focuses on long-term documentary work. He covers a wide range of topics including human rights issues, refugees, LGBT equality and the legacy of colonization on indigenous communities. He believes education is the most important factor in overcoming social problems, and uses his work to inform people of past and present social issues in Canada and abroad. His work has been recognized by American Photography, the Magenta Foundation, National Pictures of the Year, among others.

Photojournalism program testimonial

The instructors at Loyalist College truly cared about my success and encouraged me throughout the two years I spent there. Twice-yearly portfolio reviews with the leading photo editors in Canadian media organizations initiated many relationships that helped me break into the industry. I left with the knowledge I needed, both technical and conceptual, to begin a career in a tough business.


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