Marissa Tiel enjoys the north

Aliy Zirkle runs along the Yukon River into the Carmacks checkpoint during the Yukon Quest 300, a 300-mile dog sledding race between Whitehorse and Pelly Crossing. Photo by Marissa Tiel

Marissa Tiel is a photojournalist who specializes in sports and outdoor photography. She is currently based in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Photojournalism program testimonial

Attending Loyalist College Photojournalism introduced me to storytelling though photographs and has strengthened the way I tell stories – through words and images.


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February 22 Photojournalism Pioneer

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Lars Hagberg works out of Kingston

A man plays hockey on a frozen Lake Ontario during sunset in Kingston, Ont., on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Lars Hagberg have been based in Kingston, Ont. since graduating from Loyalist College in 2007. Some of the editorial clients that he shoots for include, the Canadian Press, Reuters, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and AFP(Agence France Presse). Hagberg mostly shoots general assignments… from portraits, to sport news, to features to press conferences. He also shoots for Queen’s University and other non-editorial clients in Kingston.Hagberg covers a good part of Eastern Ontario, from Port Hope to Brockville, from Kingston to Ottawa. He has also photographed many times at CFB Trenton, as it is Canada’s biggest air base. So whether troops arrive or depart, it tends to be national news.

“I love being outside and shooting pictures. In Kingston we have a wonderful waterfront, so it doesn’t matter which time of the year it is. There are always people doing interesting activities along the water front. The picture that I attached has all of that. Great Canadian winter activity, sunset and the water front. I also love how the ice made a great pattern as a backdrop for the skater. Just taking the camera with you and walking around looking for pictures sometimes generates the best outcome. Whether that is for a full moon rising, thick fog or kite surfing.”

Photojournalism program testimonial

The photojournalism department at Loyalist College provided me with great support from the teachers to learn the craft of photography. It taught us how to see extraordinary pictures in the everyday. It was wonderful to have the fellow students to bounce ideas off of and share our love of photography.


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Chloë Ellingson a documentary photographer

Chloë Ellingson is a Toronto-based documentary photographer. After studying art history at McGill University and photojournalism at Loyalist College, she began a freelance career working for publications such as The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and Report on Business, and having personal work published in the British Journal of Photography, on CNN, and at the Harbourfront Centre. Her independent projects have been supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Magenta Foundation.

Photojournalism program testimonial:

My two years at Loyalist College afforded me the time and space to begin to establish my identity as a photographer. Aside from the core curriculum, the teachers helped me along every additional path I wanted to explore.


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Annie Sakkab documenting stories on refugees

TORONTO, ON (06/11/2017) – Desiree Gatoto poses for a portrait at her home in Toronto Jun 11, 2017. Gatoto worked in social work at the Council for Education and Development (COPED) in Burundi prior to arriving in Canada. She was finally reunited with her husband Jean-Claude, who fled the first Burundian genocide, in December 2015, after 10 years of waiting. Photo by Annie Sakkab.

Annie Sakkab is a Canadian-Palestinian, born and raised in Jordan. She has lived in Amman, Dubai, London, Rome and Toronto. As a visual storyteller and social documentarian, she is drawn to explore the customs, lifestyles and values that characterize her subjects. Annie’s work often raises questions of identity and awareness of the experiences of exile, uprooting and displacement among marginalized groups.

Before turning to photography, Annie received a degree in Fine Art from Northumberland University in the UK, and held various positions as a graphic designer, creative director and art director. A graduate of Loyalist College in Photojournalism, Annie won the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) NPOY Student Photographer of The Year Award (2015), CPOY College Photographer of the Year Award: Award of Excellence in Portraiture (2015), and the NPAC 1st Place Feature Photo (2016), among other awards. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, UAE and the United States.

She is currently on assignment as photojournalist and filmmaker for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), documenting refugee stories in Canada.

Loyalist Photojournalism testimonial 

Loyalist gave me the space and time to explore and figure out who I want to be as a photographer. Throughout the two years I was in the Photojournalism program, I immersed myself into what I love most and I gave it everything I have. I’ve learned new skills; I’ve met some incredible individuals who continue to inspire me, and it opened up new opportunities.


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