Each spring, NPAC awards the annual National Pictures of the Year (NPOY), the largest annual photo contest in Canada. It showcases the best work from NPAC members. Amongst many categories, NPOY recognizes the Photojournalist of the Year, Photograph of the Year and Student Photographer of the Year. This competition also serves to provide members with important peer review of their work, and helps them stay current with trends and techniques in photojournalism. The number and diversity of winners, as this retrospective exhibition demonstrates, is a testament to the outstanding photographic talents that live and work within Canadian borders.
In 2007, the 26-year-old Western Canadian News Photographers Association joined forces with the Eastern Canadian News Photographers Association, whose roots go back to 1975, to form the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC). The national organization includes over 300 professional press photographers, freelancers, photo editors and photojournalism students from across Canada. NPAC celebrates and promotes quality and ethical photography in journalism, and challenges its members to continually raise the bar of industry standards.