TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Early career photojournalists looking to gain national exposure are encouraged to apply for the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, a unique opportunity to cover breaking news, major sports and key cultural events with The Canadian Press for six weeks in Toronto. Deadline for submissions isJan. 13, 2017. This award is open to Canadian photojournalists who have been in the business fewer than five years, including students and freelancers. Award criteria and application instructions, along with the online application form, are available on the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award page. Last year's winner was Eduardo Lima, who joined Metro Toronto as a staff photographer shortly after his internship ended. "The six-week internship at The Canadian Press was a great opportunity to work inside a wire and learn from experienced photographers," says Lima. "I finished the award experience knowing that I still have a lot to learn, but I also have a clearer idea of the kind of photojournalist I would like to be." A report of Lima's experience, a sampling of photos taken while at The Canadian Press and his original portfolio submission can be found online. Joining the jury this year is Michelle Siu, the 2012 award winner and now a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist. "Michelle's greatest strengths are finding the story and human emotion in an image, so we look forward to her joining the jury and bringing a fresh perspective," says Graeme Roy, director of news photography for The Canadian Press. A full list of the jury—which includes members of Hanson's family and former photographer colleagues—can be found on the award criteria page.