Toronto Star Photo department, good news and great pictures in the shortest month.
February, the shortest month did not leave the Toronto Star photo department short of good news or great pictures.
The Photo Department is now under the direction of a new Visuals Editor, Taras Slawnych. We are pretty excited about that.
We have also won four Society for News Design awards of excellence for photography. So before we get into the February highlights, here are the four winners:
LUCAS OLENIUK - A protestor, unconscious and not breathing, was rushed away from Bahraini security forces after being shot in the head moments earlier. A group of Shiite anti-regime demonstrators drew fire from Bahrain security forces near Manama when they tried to march downtown to the Pearl Square from the town of Budaiya Friday evening. A state sanctioned pro-regime rally was underway in downtown Manama when the clash occurred. Read about the story behind this image here!
RICK MADONIK - A man holds a knife to his own neck to show what he wants done to Libyan leader Muammar Ghadhafi as rebel fighters are greeted at the gates of Ras Lanuf after its liberation from Ghadafi forces. A rebel attack forced Gadhafi forces back towards Sirt. This is the first time the rebellion from the east has advanced into the western part of the country. See more of Rick's work in Libya here!
AARON HARRIS - Performer Rebecca Fylyshtan practices 'Aquatika' at the Toronto School of Circus Arts in Toronto, Ontario, Thursday, August 18, 2011. Toronto School of Circus Arts has been instructing the general public in circus arts since 1999. Many of the instructors at T.S.C.A. have performed on stages around the world, in a variety of media streams including live shows, street festivals, and feature films.
Best of February
RICK MADONIK - An eastbound VIA passenger trail derailed in Burlington Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, causing three reported deaths and numerous injuries. More from the VIA derailment
STEVE RUSSELL - A member of the media waits outside the Civic Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre downtown for a press conference as talks continue between the City and the CUPE 416 representing the outside workers.
ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE - A lone protestor leaves the University of Toronto enroute to a demonstration outside Queen's Park. Hundreds of college and university students rallied to demand lower tuition fees.
TARA WALTON - Toronto Zoo's newest polar bear plays in his enclosed viewing area Friday February 3, 2012. The male cub was rejected by it mother following birth at the Toronto Zoo last October. The zoo is inviting the public to participate in a name contest between February 2 and March 16.
RICHARD LAUTENS - Kenneth Guy, 33, lost his job as a hotel front desk clerk in 2010 and was forced to go on welfare for the first time. He retrained last year as a cook and although it hasn't lead to a full-time job, the training helped him get his foot in the door at another hotel where he is now working part time as a waiter. He figures he earned about $5,000 last year, not enough to leave welfare completely.
STEVE RUSSELL - Zebras from O, a water-themed stage production by Cirque du Soleil that is currently playing in Las Vegas at the Bellagio perform on an Infiniti JX in the North Building at the Canadian International Auto show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. More from the Canadian International Auto Show
STEVE RUSSELL - Dressed like chauffers, a group waits to unveil the new Mini Cooper Goodwin, only 21 will be avaiable in Canada at the Canadian International Auto show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
RICHARD LAUTENS - Canada's top hurdlers left to right, Perdita Felicien, Phylicia George and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, get together to talk about their high school track experiences and the upcoming Olympics at a press conference at the University of Toronto to promote a May 12 national high school track meet.
RICK MADONIK - The 1962 Leafs were honored before the game. Eddie Shack (left), Bobby Baun and George Armstrong sing along during as the national anthem prior to NHL action between Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals.
STEVE RUSSELL - New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin sinks the winning three pointer over Jose Calderon with 0.5 seconds left in the game as the Toronto Raptors fall to the New York Knicks 90-87. See more LINsanity in Toronto here!
RICHARD LAUTENS - In second half action, after making a tough pass, Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon gets a knee courtesy of Detroit Pistons guard Walker Russell. The Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 103-93.