The Yukon News has received 11 nominations this year for the BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray awards. That includes a nomination for overall excellence in the newspaper’s circulation class.
Photography received the bulk of the News’ nominations this year. Staff photographer Joel Krahn has earned four nods for his work.
Krahn’s photo of Elmer David Jackson, a student being trained in traditional snowshoe making, is up for an award for best portrait. His photo of a family grieving over the unsolved murder of their father in the McIntyre subdivision has been nominated for best spot news photo.
In two other categories, Yukon News photos will be going up against each other for top honours.
Krahn’s photo of northern lights at a December bonfire has been nominated for best colour feature photo. So has a photo by Tom Patrick of two grizzly bear cubs playing by the side of the highway.
Krahn and local photographer Peter Mather are each nominated in the photo essay category. Mather’s nominated work was taken at the Inuvialuit traditional summer gathering place of Shingle Point on the Beaufort Sea. Krahn’s are a series of photos from the The Ha Kus Teyea celebration in Teslin.
Patrick also earned a nomination for his sports photo of two racers taken up through a control point at the Yukon Orienteering Championship.
Cartoonist Wyatt Tremblay has been nominated for his cartoon suggesting the mining industry could improve its public image by piggybacking off the popularity of the newest British royal, Princess Charlotte.
In the writing categories, reporter Maura Forrest has been nominated for both business and arts writing.
Her business story looks at the impact of the Wolverine mine’s bankruptcy on the pair who discovered the mine’s original deposit.
The arts piece focuses on a show put on by a former outfitting guide coming to terms with his own thoughts about trophy hunting.
The Ma Murray awards gala is on May 7 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
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