Sun photojournalist recognized with international award

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Toronto Sun photojournalist Veronica Henri made the top three in the year’s International Photography Awards.

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The picture, selected in the awards’ General News category, portrays an agonized woman in a nursing home meeting with her daughter at a time when long-term care homes were in lockdown because of pandemic restrictions.

The picture was of Patricia Crump, 86, who was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She passed away on May 5, with her hand being held by a nurse as her family outside watched through the glass at Orchard Villa Retirement Residence in Pickering.

Her two daughters and two sons were at the home when Crump passed.

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They said virtual hugs became to new norm.

“Thousands of pictures from around the world are submitted to this competition, so it is an honour to be recognized,” Henri said.

  1. Diane Colangelo visits her 86-year-old mother Patricia through a window at Orchard Villa long-term care home in Pickering on April 22, 2020.

    Senior pictured at Pickering long-term care home dies

  2. COVID-19-Diane Colangelo visits her 86-year-old mother Patricia through a window at the Orchard Villa long-term care home in Pickering on Wednesday April 22, 2020. Both daughter and mother were in tears.

    Meet the woman in the window

  3. COVID-19-Diane Colangelo visits her 86-year-old mother Patricia through a window at the Orchard Villa long-term care home in Pickering on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Patricia tested postivive for coronavirus days later and died on May 7, 2020.

    Toronto Sun photographer gets NNA nod for ‘heartbreaking’ photo of senior at LTC home

“The family (of Crump) would appreciate that the image of their mother has made an impact around the world.”

Other top winners included an image from the war from Libya and the presidential protests in Peru.

The International Photography Awards saw 13,000 entries from 120 countries.

Henri’s compelling photo was also nominated for a National Newspaper Award in 2021.

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