Chris Donovan is a documentary photographer currently based between Toronto and New Brunswick, Canada. Hailing from the industrial city of Saint John, New Brunswick, his practice focuses on the intersection of community and industry. 

His work has been recognized by the World Press Photo Awards, Pictures of the Year International, The Alexia Foundation, Sony World Photography Awards, The National Newspaper Awards, and the News Photographers Association of Canada - including being named Canadian Photojournalist of the Year for 2017 and 2018. 

His clients include The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, The Washington Post, ESPN, and others. 

Chris is a member of Boreal Collective.

Available for Assignments 

Atlantic Canada & elsewhere


Awards and accolades

2021 World Press Photo Award, nominated for Story of the Year

2021 World Press Photo Award, 1st place in Sports Stories 

2021 Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award, The National Gallery of Canada 

2020 Environmental Vision Award, Pictures of the Year International

2020 Shortlisted for The Alexia Foundation Professional Grant, Syracuse University

2020 Nominee for Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo

2019 National Newspaper Award (NNA) for Feature Photography

2019 2nd in Sports Stories category, Pictures of the Year International

2019 Finalist in Sports Stories category, Sony World Photography Awards

2019 Runner-up for The Alexia Foundation Professional Grant, Syracuse University

2019 Awarded Toronto Arts Council Visual Artist Grant 

2018 Canadian Photojournalist of the Year (NPAC)

2018 Magenta Foundation Top 100 Emerging Photographer

2017 Canadian Photojournalist of the Year (NPAC)

2017 Canadian Picture of the Year (NPAC)

2017 Gold in the Domestic Picture Story category, College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) 

2017 Award of Excellence in Portfolio category (CPOY)

2017 Award of Excellence in General News category (CPOY)

2017 Eddie Adams Workshop - selected participant 

2017 NYT Portfolio Reviews - selected participant

2017 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award

2017 Student Photographer of the Year (NPAC)

2017 Magenta Foundation Top 100 Emerging Photographers Winner


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