By: E&P Staff
In another indication of how closely Canada followed the trial and tribulations of disgraced newspaper baron Conrad Black, a photo of him giving the finger to reporters was named the best spot news shot in the second annual National Pictures of the Year competition by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC).
Separately, a cameraman for Tribune Co.-owned WGN-TV in Chicago filed a lawsuit against Black, alleging the former mogul intentionally shoved or walked into him during the trial in June. Gary Babbit said he suffered a shoulder injury as a result of the incident.
The winning picture was snapped by Canadian Press photographer David Chidley last July as Black arrived at the Everett Dirksen federal courthouse in Chicago during his trial on fraud, obstruction of justice, and tax evasion from the alleged looting of Hollinger International Inc., the publishing company now known as Sun-Times Media Group. Black was convicted of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice, and is now serving a 6 1/2-year sentence in a Florida prison.
The Photograph of the Year award went to Bernard Brault of La Presse in Montreal for “Top Hat in Arch,” a photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of Oxford University in England. The shot also won for won in the Portrait/Personality category.
Brault also was named Photojournalist of the Year.