Submissions now open for our annual writing, photography (and now multimedia!) awards
Deadline to submit: 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2018. (no exceptions or extensions)
Multimedia! This new category for 2018 is open to any submission, either by an individual or a team, that doesn’t fit into any of the existing categories. Entries could be video pieces, radio reports, podcast episodes and the like. We’re keeping the parameters fairly open to encourage the largest possible number of entries and a wide variety of media that doesn’t fit the traditional descriptions of writing or photography. More detailed instructions follow below.
- The awards are open to all paid (regular and associate) GJAC members who write for legitimate publications or websites. Members can make up to NINE (9) submissions (any combination of no more than THREE (3) written pieces and no more than THREE (3) photographs and no more than THREE (3) multimedia). If you have not paid your dues for 2018, please do so immediately — you can pay online at the following link.
- The Photo category has been divided into two sub-categories: Landscape and Action. In cases where submissions don’t obviously fit into either category, awards administrators reserve the right to determine the category in which they will compete.
- Wherever possible, judges should be unable to identify the writer, photographer or publication associated with the entry. One of the easiest ways to ensure this is to submit a PDF with black boxes covering bylines and publication names.
- Hard-copy entries via traditional mail are NOT permitted; only electronic versions of eligible work. PDF documents and JPG files are the preferred formats.
- Multimedia entries should consist of a file or files in a standard format (mp3, mp4, avi, etc.), as well as a hyperlink where the content can be located online.
NB: Three prizes will be awarded in each category as long as there is a minimum of 10 entries. The number of prizes may be reduced if the 10-entry threshold isn’t reached in any category.
All submissions must have been published in the 2017 calendar year.
The categories are:
- Photography — Landscape
- Photography — Action
Email all entries to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries MUST include “GJAC Awards” and the relevant entry category in the subject line (example: “GJAC Awards - Feature”).
PLEASE SEND A SEPARATE EMAIL FOR EACH ENTRY.
- If your email address does not include the entrant’s name, please include it in the body of the email (emails will not be forwarded to judges).
- Entries that originally appeared in print publications should be submitted by way of a PDF attached to an email; photos should be submitted via JPG file. Entries that include pasted text MUST include a live hyperlink to allow their eligibility to be verified. If an entry is no longer available online, please contact the administrators directly to discuss alternative means to verify.
- If you have the ability to delete, redact or otherwise obscure the byline and publication BEFORE submitting your entry, please do so. Otherwise, administrators will do so before submissions are provided to judges to ensure blind judging.
Receipt of every entry will be acknowledged via return email within 48 hours of submission. Please contact the administrators if you don’t receive confirmation within 48 hours of sending in you submission. Judges will have until early July to evaluate each submission.
If you have any questions about the awards criteria or submission requirements, contact the administrators at:
We will announce the winners at our annual GJAC banquet/golf day held July 23 at Summit Golf Club to coincide with the 2018 RBC Canadian Open. More details on this event to follow.
The Golf Journalists Association of Canada announce the winners of its eighth annual Writing & Photography Awards
MISSISSAUGA – From the most pressing issues in Canadian golf news, to thought-provoking profiles and jealously-inducing travel logs, the best in Canadian golf writing and photography was showcased Monday at the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club.
This year, the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) held its annual general meeting and awards banquet in conjunction with the RBC Canadian Open, and the award winners were a mix of first-timers and stalwarts, with prizes being handed out in the following categories: Feature, Profile, Editorial/Column/Blog and Travel. Six prizes for Photography were also awarded.
The big winner of the evening was Curtis Gillespie, who captured two first-place prizes. He won first place in the Feature category with his longform dive into Tiger Woods’ inspiration on a generation of golfers in his piece called ‘The Shadow Tiger has Cast’ for SCOREGolf. He also won first place in the Travel category with his piece in En Route Magazine called ‘Fairways to Heaven.’
Another two-time winner on Monday was Jon McCarthy, who finished runner up in the Profile category for his piece ‘Bring it On’, published in SCOREGolf Magazine, and was also the honourable mention in the same category with his piece on Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston for the Toronto Sun.
The final two-time winner in the writing portion of the awards was Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Lorne Rubenstein, who was the winner of the Column/Editorial/Blog category with his Ode to Arnold Palmer – for SCOREGolf.com – and also notched the honourable mention award in the same category for his blog on how difficult the game of golf can be.
SCOREGolf and its digital affiliate dominated the Feature category – SCOREGolf and SCOREGolf.com combined to take home eight total prizes on the evening – as, beyond Gillespie’s winning story on Tiger Woods, Jason Logan was the runner-up for his story on restoring St. George’s Golf and Country Club, and Robert Thompson took home honourable mention honours for his story on how difficult it is to get a new golf course off the ground.
Aside from Rubenstein’s two stories in the Column/Editorial/Blog category, Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Citizen captured runner-up honours for his story on Brooke Henderson and her ever-growing fan club.
Andrew Foscarin won the Profile category with his story for SCOREGolf on long-bomber Taylor Pendrith called ‘The Slugger.’
Joining Gillespie as winners in the Travel category was Rick Young of SCOREGolf.com for his piece on the transformation of Highlands Links, and Ted McIntrye for his piece on TravelingGolfer.net about Jamaica.
Bernard Brault dominated the Photo - Action category for his work with Golf Canada. The winning photo was of Jared du Toit at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open. His runner-up photo was of Ariya Jutanugarn, and the honourable mention was a shot of Ernie Els.
In the Photo – Landscape category, Grant Fraser took home prizes as both the winner and runner-up for his photos of the National Course and Oconee Course of Reynolds Plantation in Ontario Golf News. Mike Johnny was a first-time winner, as his photo of the Green Gables Golf Club for CanadianGolfMagazine.com earned him the honourable mention prize.
The full list of winners can be found here:
WINNER: “The Shadow Tiger has Cast,” by Curtis Gillespie, SCOREGolf, Spring 2016
RUNNER-UP: “Restoring Glory,” by Jason Logan, SCOREGolf, Summer 2016
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Easier Said Than Done,” by Robert Thompson, SCOREGolf.com, August 10, 2016
WINNER: “An Ode to Arnie,” by Lorne Rubenstein, SCOREGolf.com, Sept. 26, 2016
RUNNER-UP: “Brooke Henderson’s Fan Club Growing in a Hurry,” by Chris Stevenson, Ottawa Sun, June 13, 2016
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Show Some Empathy, People,” by Lorne Rubenstein, SCOREGolf.com, Nov. 4, 2016
WINNER: “The Slugger,” by Andrew Foscarin, SCOREGolf, Spring 2016
RUNNER-UP: “Bring it On,” by Jon McCarthy, SCOREGolf, Spring 2016
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Beef Johnston is golf’s new sensation,” by Jon McCarthy, Toronto Sun, July 27, 2016
WINNER: “Fairways to Heaven,” by Curtis Gillespie, En Route magazine, June 2016
RUNNER-UP: “Transforming Highlands Links,” by Rick Young, SCOREGolf.com, October 2016
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Time and Space,” by Ted McIntyre, Travelling Golfer, October 2016
PHOTO – ACTION
WINNER: “Jared du Toit,” by Bernard Brault, golfcanada.com, July 24, 2016
RUNNER-UP: “Ariya Jutanugarn,” by Bernard Brault, golfcanada.com, Aug. 23, 2016
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Ernie Els,” by Bernard Brault, golfcanada.com, July 22, 2016
PHOTO – LANDSCAPE
WINNER: “Reynolds Plantation – National Course,” Grant Fraser, Ontario Golf News, June 2, 2016
RUNNER-UP: “Reynolds Plantation – Oconee Course,” Grant Fraser, Ontario Golf News, June 2, 2016
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Green Gables Golf Club,” Mike Johnny, canadiangolfmagazine.com, Spring 2016
Each year GJAC awards its membership for excellence in Writing and Photography at its annual Writing and Photography Awards ceremony during the week of the RBC Canadian Open.
Members who have paid their dues in a particular year are able to enter in a number of writing and photography categories with work from the past year for a chance to win fabulous prizes as donated by the organization’s sponsors.