The Narwhal’s photojournalism has won three more awards, adding to a string of accolades in the Canadian media space in recent weeks.
Amber Bracken’s coverage of RCMP raids on Wet’suwet’en territory, where Indigenous land defenders were arrested while opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, won gold for the best photographic narration at the Digital Edition Award as well as gold in the photo essay and photojournalism category at the National Magazine Awards.
Pat Kane’s piece, capturing the collaborative efforts of wildlife officers, elders and Dene researchers to save the endangered Bathurst caribou herd in the Northwest Territories, won a silver award of the Digital Publishing Awards for Best Photographic Storytelling.
“It’s overwhelming to work with such a group of fellow stars whose work has been honored again and again over the past few weeks,” said The Narwhal editor Mike De Souza. “At the same time, it’s refreshing to see our peers in other media recognize the value of this work.”
De Souza praised the over 4,500 members whose donations help fund The Narwhal’s award-winning reporting, which also picked up four wins — more than any other outlet — at the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) gala in May. These CAJ victories included nods for our coverage of the Wet’suwet’en crisis and the Fairy Creek logging blockades, as well as the Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award for Stephanie Kwetásel’wet Wood.
“The support of our members allows us to continue to produce impactful and in-depth journalism,” he said. “Narwhal members fund work that changes the way other Canadian newsrooms report on the climate and biodiversity crises, in words and images.
The Narwhal’s investigative reporting on the conditions of migrant farm workers in southern Ontario, which recently won the CAJ Labor Reporting Award, received honorable mentions at the Digital Publishing Awards and the National Magazine Awards . Journalist Hilary Beaumont was shortlisted for investigative reporting at the National Magazine Awards, while photographer Christopher Katsarov Luna received honorable mentions in two photojournalism categories.
Sarah Lawrynuik’s story for The Narwhal about the impact of climate extremes on prairie farmers received an honorable mention in the short film category at the National Magazine Awards.
The Narwhal co-founder and editor Emma Gilchrist won gold in personal journalism at the National Magazine Awards for her deep journey in his family history.
Ontario journalist Fatima Syed won gold at the Digital Publishing Awards as contributor to media coverage for The Local vaccination efforts in the Toronto area.
Ontario bureau chief Denise Balkissoon, who joined The Narwhal from Chatelaine, was part of a team that won silver for service journalism for an ex-agoraphobe guide to leave the house.
Other nominees in the photojournalism categories at the Digital Publishing Awards and National Magazine Awards included The Globe and Mail, Air Canada enRoute, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Queen’s Alumni Review and Reader’s Digest Canada.
The Narwhal was also a finalist for the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism in the small media category for its work documenting the Wet’suwet’en crisis. Another independent outlet IndigiNews, where BC bureau chief Lindsay Sample worked as editor, won the award for its birth alert coverage.