The Windsor Star wins three Ontario Newspaper Awards

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Three Windsor Star photographers came out on top after the Ontario Newspaper Awards winners were announced on Friday.

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Journalist Trevor Wilhelm took second place in two categories.

Photographers Dax Melmer, Dan Janisse and Nick Brancaccio, who retired in May 2021, won the prize for reportage, sports and news photography (over 25,000 prints), respectively.

“The Windsor Star’s Ontario Newspaper Awards exemplify the quality of journalism our newspaper regularly publishes,” said Craig Pearson, Editor of the Windsor Star. “That our three photographers win, it’s fabulous. Dan Janisse, Dax Melmer and Nick Brancaccio did a great job last year, which the judges clearly saw. And journalist Trevor Wilhelm’s second two articles help show how comprehensive the Star is – something we intend to continue.

Melmer won for his series of photos depicting unused sports fields during a pandemic lockdown in April.

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“With Mondrian-like abstraction, these three photographs of empty playgrounds are utterly captivating,” the contest judges said in their written commentary.

“The color and symmetry are pleasing to the eye, but when Dax Melmer used a drone to take these geometric images during another COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in April 2021, they also captured the hope that life would return to normal, and despair that it would not. Melmer’s photos are a poignant reminder that beauty is all around us and that art can lighten dark days.

Playground equipment and tennis courts are empty at East End Park on Saturday April 17, 2021 as new COVID-19 restrictions have closed most leisure facilities.
Playground equipment and tennis courts are empty at East End Park on Saturday April 17, 2021 as new COVID-19 restrictions have closed most leisure facilities. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
The baseball diamonds are empty at Mic Mac Park on Sunday, April 18, 2021.
The baseball diamonds are empty at Mic Mac Park on Sunday, April 18, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
An empty basketball court in Wigle Park stands empty on Sunday, April 18, 2021, as new COVID-19 restrictions closed most recreational facilities.
An empty basketball court in Wigle Park stands empty on Sunday, April 18, 2021, as new COVID-19 restrictions closed most recreational facilities. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Janisse won for her photo of Windsor Spitfire Kyle McDonald flying over Oshawa Generals goaltender Patrick Leaver in an exhibition game in October.

“Mere mortals watching hockey games witness the ebb and flow of on-ice action, but skilled photographers stop time and capture the acrobatics in play,” the judges wrote.

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“That’s what Dan Janisse does in this cutting-edge action sports photo that shows the player leaping over the goalkeeper as he’s halfway through. The photo offers insight into some fascinating athletic aspects of hockey.

Windsor Spitfires winger Kyle McDonald flies past Oshawa Generals goaltender Patrick Leaver during an exhibition game Sunday at the WFCU Center.
Windsor Spitfires winger Kyle McDonald flies past Oshawa Generals goaltender Patrick Leaver during an exhibition game Sunday at the WFCU Center. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Brancaccio won for his photo of a car accident victim taken to an ambulance on a stretcher in January 2021.

“The essence of timely news,” the judges wrote when evaluating the photo.

“When a serious vehicle accident was reported on a police radio scanner, Windsor Star photographer Nick Brancaccio rushed to the scene, deftly avoiding police roadblocks to arrive in time to capture paramedics paramedics and firefighters rescuing a victim of an accident from a van that was crushed in a collision with a semi-trailer truck. The photo ran over four columns on page two.

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Essex-Windsor paramedics and Lakeshore firefighters rescue the driver of a pickup truck, right, following a collision with a tractor-trailer carrying an excavator on Manning Road just south of the intersection with County Road 34. A woman was rescued from the van and placed on a spine board and stretcher, then transported to hospital.  The incident happened in an 80 km/h zone on Manning Road.
Essex-Windsor paramedics and Lakeshore firefighters rescue the driver of a pickup truck, right, following a collision with a tractor-trailer carrying an excavator on Manning Road just south of the intersection with County Road 34. A woman was rescued from the van and placed on a spine board and stretcher, then transported to hospital. The incident happened in an 80 km/h zone on Manning Road. Photo by Nick Brancaccio /Windsor Star

Janisse finished third in the same category with a photo of a firefighter stretching a hose with a burning house in the background.

A Windsor firefighter stretches a hose at the scene of an abandoned house fire in the 3500 block of Peter Street on Friday May 7, 2021.
A Windsor firefighter stretches a hose at the scene of an abandoned house fire in the 3500 block of Peter Street on Friday May 7, 2021. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

One of Wilhelm’s second honors came for his general reporting on an American family’s search for a missing man believed to have been killed in a plane crash.

“Trevor Wilhelm delivered a compelling story of a half-century-old mystery, giving name and life to the John Doe,” the judges wrote.

“The details Wilhelm gathered from Jim Wilson’s family about a man who has been missing for 51 years, as well as the thoroughness of the plane’s disappearance and the twist towards the end about how the police didn’t didn’t identify Wilson years earlier really drove the narrative along. way to the end.

  1. The Windsor Star honored at the Ontario Newspaper Awards

  2. Windsor Star reporter Trevor Wilhelm.

    Wilhelm of Star wins two Ontario Newspaper Awards Author of the article:

  3. Award plaques for Windsor Star photographers Dax Melmer and Dan Janisse at the annual Ontario Newspaper Awards in Toronto on April 13, 2019.

    Windsor Star photographers shine at Ontario Newspaper Awards

His other runner-up was in the one-time news category for an article about a suspect’s arrest after an explosion at the Windsor assembly plant.

“Unfazed by official sources who provided few details, Wilhelm continued to dig until he found the story behind the explosion and what could have led to the shocking incident,” the judges wrote. .

“His dogged determination has kept the Windsor Star consistently ahead of the competition on breaking history.”

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