Tom Hanson winner heading to Toronto internship

© Lethbridge Herald photo by Tijana Martin
Cowboys get ready to compete in the Can-Am Pro Challenge Rodeo as part of Whoop-Up Days in Lethbridge on Thursday, August 25th, 2016. Tijana Martin/ Lethbridge Herald

Tijana Martin is currently working full-time as a photographer and reporter for Lethbridge Herald. She graduated from the Loyalist photojournalism program as a fast-track student in 2013, but still sees the world as her classroom. This summer, she will be taking a leave of absence to spend six weeks in Toronto working as an intern for The Canadian Press as this year’s Tom Hanson photojournalism award recipient.

Prior to securing a job for The Lethbridge Herald, Tijana spent time as a photography intern for The Calgary Herald, The Montreal Gazette and The Waterloo Region Record.

Her work has been recognized by the News Photographer’s Association of Canada, The Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian Press, and the Alberta Weekly Newspaper  Association.

Photojournalism program testimonial

 I will always think fondly of my time at Loyalist College. The photojournalism program played a key role in shaping who I am as a photographer today. The instructors bring with them a vast amount of knowledge and resources, having spent years working and teaching in the industry. My teachers and my peers helped foster an environment of success. Despite any differences, we all came together in an effort to learn how to share important stories and capture the life of our communities through our images. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone with a desire to serve their community as a photojournalist.


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Video a passion for Tory Lovekin

This image is of Mariah in Regent Park. Making this image was like putting a pin in a map – it grounded me in a story I hadn’t even realized I was telling. It propelled me to work with Mariah’s family and others for a further four years, telling the story of Regent Park’s transformation and revitalization. 

Since entering the media industry in 2005, Tory Lovekin has worked at Canada’s top newspapers in a freelance and staff capacity. Her love of photojournalism quickly evolved into a love of video, and in 2008, she joined the staff of the Globe and Mail as one of three members of the new video production team. It was an interesting time to be shooting video at a newspaper, and was not without it’s struggles – or highlights! “It was an intense time, and I remain grateful for all that I learned.

“In 2010 I left to go back out on my own, and after a few years of shooting corporate video I was thrilled in early  2013 to join the Creative Services Studio at The Hosptial for Sick Children – or as it is more commonly known, SickKids. My position requires me to produce, shoot, and edit video for a variety of internal and external clients – ranging from clinical to communications. I am just as comfortable working in scrubs in an OR as I am with the CEO, and truly love the variety my job allows me. I am also one of two bio-medical photographers, and work with patients in our clinical studio when the need arises. Perhaps the most satisfying part of my job is knowing that everything I do – whether it is a video about a policy change, a new surgical approach, or an internal communication – is grounded in better patient care. I believe in our mission, Healthier Children. A Better World., and am proud to be a part of it.”

Photojournalism program testimonial:

The Loyalist PJ program sets its students up for success in that it exposes them directly to the industry itself. Without the editorial board, weekly seminar series, or the encouragement of Frank and the rest of the staff, we would just have been a class of shooters in a small town. But the school’s steadfast commitment to connecting students with the very people they would be working for, and with,  upon graduation is at the core of the program’s strength. As the industry gets smaller and the skill set required to survive more diverse, I think it is more important than ever that students ride that wave of commitment, and take advantage of every opportunity the program offers.



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James Wood career takes him west

Outriders thunder along the track during the chuckwagon races that took place during the Wainwright Stampede. Sunday June 21, 2015 in Wainwright, Alta. James Wood/Lloydminster Meridian Booster/Postmedia Network

James Wood is the news director for four radio stations on the north end of Vancouver Island, and a 2014 grad of the Loyalist College Photojournalism program.

He has worked for multiple media companies over the past four years, starting with the first two in print and digital journalism for the Lloydminster Meridian Booster in Lloydminster, Alberta.

He moved on from the paper into the newsroom for Lloydminster’s rock radio station, 106.1 the Goat, in the early part of 2016, and continued on to the CHAT TV newsroom in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in 2017. He has been working in the Comox Valley since December of 2017, running news operations for the North Island Cluster of Vista Radio.

In his time as a staff reporter/photographer for a thrice-weekly newspaper, television news, and radio reporting, he has  been using his photojournalism training to illustrate the stories the newsroom is assembling, because a good picture will always draw more attention.

Photojournalism program testimonial

The Photo-J program at Loyalist was many things to me. It gave me a lifelong group of friends, and catapulted me headfirst into the world of news and news photography, which I had always been around, coming from a media family. Overall, the program drove me to always be moving forward in my career and work as a journalist, no matter what medium I find myself working in. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t gone through those classes and had those experiences.

I would recommend it to anyone.

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Peter Power tackles independent projects

Children play on an Innu swing, a Ueuepeshun, at an Innu camp on the western shores of Mistastin Lake, in the interior of northern Labrador on Sept. 21, 2014. Community leaders from Natuashish have come to these traditional Innu hunting grounds to help some of their young men and boys discover some of their culture and form better community bonds. The hope is that fewer of them will follow a path of substance abuse that has plagued these communities for many years.

Peter Power – class of ’89. After nearly three decades of editorial work for two of Canada’s largest newspapers, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, Peter is now working independently and accepting more corporate work and creative portrait projects.

The breadth of experience Peter has gained while working in Canada and abroad while photographing long-term documentary projects, four Olympic Games, famine, conflict, and natural disasters has earned him a reputation as one of Canada’s top story tellers.

His work has been recognized abundantly in Canada and internationally. Five times he has been named Photographer of the Year, has won four Canadian National Newspaper Awards (nominated nine times) and has won the prestigious Governor General’s Michener Award for Public Service Journalism. His work has been recognized by the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA), News Photographer’s Association of Canada (NPAC), Pictures of the Year International (POYi), the Society of Newspaper Design (SND) among others. His multimedia work has been recognized internationally as a Webby Award Honoree three times, a Webby Award Finalist once, a POYi winner, and NPAC POY winner.

“As an independent photography professional, I now have the ability to work in many areas of photography for a variety of clients but I will always maintain my love of story-telling. This image is part of a story I did on the people of Natuashish (formerly the island community of Davis Inlet) ten years after their old community was abandoned and re-established on the mainland of Labrador. Few media outlets provide updates on stories that make the headlines and I wanted to understand what the state of the community was ten years after the rash of problems in Davis Inlet forced the government to make such a dramatic move of the entire community. The full story, a long read that I shot and wrote, can be found at,

“No matter where I have travelled in my career, or what the stories were I was covering, I have always tried to find signs of beauty and of hope; in Haiti it was a little girl in a white dress walking home from her parents’ funeral, and in the rubble of Mogadishu it was a portrait of a child sitting atop her pet tortoise. And for the story of the people of Natuashish I I found this “escape” from the stories of suicide and addiction in the children playing a traditional Innu game while out on “the land.”

Peter also works as a photography instructor at two Ontario colleges and shares his experience and knowledge through instructional workshops and speaking engagements whenever possible.


As a member of the Photojournalism program’s Class of ’89 (the second class ever!) I reflect fondly and with great appreciation upon the men and women whose vision brought a true photojournalism program to this country. The words “Photojournalism, Only at Loyalist College,” printed on a poster stopped me in my tracks when I first visited the college in 1987, and today there is still no other program quite like it. As they did when I was a student, today’s instructors continue to inspire new generations of story tellers with vast amount of knowledge, passion, and experience. The connection that Loyalist College’s Photojournalism program has enjoyed with professionals in the industry, here in Canada and more and more so internationally, provides a wide selection of opportunities for students to pursue their dreams and find outlets for their work.


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