Lambton College Digital Photography instructor wins news photo award

David Chidley is also a photographer with the Canadian Press

Richard Beland, who runs the Digital Photography program at Lambton College, is pictured.
Richard Beland, who runs the Digital Photography program at Lambton College, is pictured.

A Digital Photography professor at Lambton College has been nationally recognized for news photography. David Chidley, an instructor with the College’s Digital Photography program and a photographer with the Canadian Press, took home the National Newspaper Award (NNA) in the News Photo category for a picture of a protester engulfed in flames after attempting to pour gas on a fire.

The National Newspaper Awards are open to daily newspapers, news agencies and online news sites approved for entry by the NNA Board of Governors. Sixty-six finalists were nominated in the 21 categories, selected from 1,100 entries published in 2015. Of 57 newspapers and online news sites to submit entries, 23 organizations had nominations in the 67th year of the prestigious awards.

As a national winner, Chidley received a cheque for $1,000 and a certificate of award.

With more than 30 years of experience covering a diverse range of work, Chidley’s photographs have received local, national and international awards and have appeared in a variety of well-known publications and newspapers including The London Free Press, The Calgary Sun, The Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Life Magazine, Maclean’s, Newsweek, People, and The National Enquirer.

David Chidley
David Chidley

In December 2015, Chidley’s winning photograph was also featured in Maclean’s annual Year in Pictures special edition.

A graduate of Ryerson University, Chidley helped launch Lambton College’s Digital Photography program four years ago and has greatly contributed to the growing success of the program.

Lambton College’s Digital Photography program is a two-year diploma program that allows students to explore diverse photographic interests, while developing the technical skills necessary for creative control.

Spots are still available in this creative, hands-on program for fall 2016. For more information on Lambton College’s Digital Photography program, go to

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