Best Portrait Photography: Nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards

What do you love about a great portrait? Is it the ambitious styling or location of the shoot? Perhaps an innovative photographic technique or angle that captures your attention in a way that’s fresh and original. Or is it simply the singular photographic moment–the way the subject or subjects, frozen in time, reveal their innermost selves through the lens–that makes the reader desirous of the story?
The National Magazine Awards jury reviewed a great selection of candidates for Best Portrait Photography, an award generously sponsored by Steven Goetz Storytelling, official photographers of the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. 
On April 20 we announced the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, and we are excited to welcome Canada’s best photographers, art directors, stylists, writers, editors, and more to the gala on May 26. [Tickets]

Here’s a close-up look at the nominees for Best Portrait Photography.

Audrey Tautou
Corduroy Magazine
Peter Ash Lee, photographer & art director
Tim Chan, editor

Marina Abramovic
Corduroy Magazine
Peter Ash Lee, photographer & art director
Tim Chan, editor

One on One with Nolan Gerard Funk
DTK Magazine
Peter Tamlin, photographer
Sylvain Blais, art director
Randy Smith at Judy Inc., fashion editor
Julie Cusson for Chanel, grooming artist
Anthony James O’Dell, writer

Under My Skin
DTK Magazine
Sylvain Blais, photographer & art director
Fritz, fashion editor
Mayillah, grooming artist

The Resilient Runner
Nick Iwanyshyn, photographer
Diane Shantz, art director
Brian Williams, editor

What They Carried
Amber Bracken, photographer
Stephen Gregory, art director
Liz Sullivan, editor

Love Your Body
NOW Magazine
Tanja-Tiziana, photographer
Troy Breyer, art director
Susan G. Cole, editor
Taylor Savage, hair & makeup

Taddle Creek
Thomas Blanchard, photographer
Conan Tobias, art director & editor

Deep Impact
The Kit Compact
Luis Mora, photographer
Jessica Hotson, art director
Rani Sheen, editor
Contributors: Veronica Saroli, Jillian Vieira, Julie Cusson, Wendy Rorong

The winner of the National Magazine Award for Best Portrait Photography will be announced on May 26 at the 40th anniversary NMA Gala in Toronto.
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Check out all the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
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NMA 2015 Nominees: Top 9 Portrait Photographs in Canadian Magazines

This year’s National Magazine Awards are coming up on June 5 and Canadian magazine creators and readers are getting excited to see who will win this year’s awards. The finalists have been announced and this year’s jury has nominated nine finalists for the award for Portrait Photography.
The Gold and Silver winners will be announced at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 5 in Toronto. [Tickets & Gala Info].
Here are the nominees for Portrait Photography:
Cottage Life
Multiple award-winning photographer Daniel Ehrenworth captured a series of photographs showing famed Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, at his cottage on Stag Island in southern Ontario.
Report on Business
First-time nominated photographer Kerry Shaw shot this portrait of investor and public broadcaster, Kevin O’Leary.

Report on Business
First-time nominated photographer Troy Moth shot these series of portraits of introverted, Shopify CEO, Tobias Lütke. The cover image is also nominated for the Best Magazine Covers category.
Domenic Macri CEO of the Year (December 2014) Report on Business
Report on Business
Ottawa-based photographer Remi Theriault shot this portrait of Canadian Finance Minister, Joe Oliver.
Canadian Business
National Magazine Award-winning photographer Roger LeMoyne shot this portrait of brain-damaged, yet resilient pharmaceutical exec, Jonathan Goodman.
Quill & Quire
Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg shot a series of portraits of her father, David Cronenberg, a multi-talented artist and first-time novelist.
Toronto Life
Markian Lozowchuk shot this photograph of David Mirvish, son of the iconic Toronto business man Ed Mirvish, overlooking Toronto’s theatre district.
Vancouver Magazine
Photographer Andrew Querner shot these series of portraits detailing different aspects of homelessness in Vancouver.
Photographer John Ulan photographed these series of Alberta native, Canadian-Japanese army veteran, Tom Morimoto.
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