AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published Winter 2017 issue
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Location: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
List awards, grants: Government of Canada grant.
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Writer Tom Cheney and photographer Nick Hawkins are a new generation of anglers enchanted by the Miramichi River and surroundings. While it's true, people travel out of New Brunswick in search of spectacular vistas and special places, there are similar or better "Top 10" destinations right here in their own backyard. Falls Brook Falls, on Falls Brook, a tributary of the Main Southwest Miramichi, selected for the cover of the Winter 2017 issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal, is one. The pair encountered many many other fascinating sites on their canoeing odyssey this past summer and Hawkins photographed them for the feature article "Sons of the River" that appeared in the same edition. In Cheney's own words: "Our journey from one of the Miramichi’s sources to its destination not only connected the river’s path, but our own life stories. Nick and I have both always found great magic in salmon fishing, but more than adventure or fishing, our expedition was about further immersing ourselves in the water that has enchanted us since we were young." The spectacular cover elucidates this elemental yearning and wonder that motivates adventurers everywhere.

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The Atlantic Salmon Journal is a membership based and flagship publication of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), a non-profit conservation organization. ASF paid fees to Nick Hawkins, a local freelance photographer for use of the photo and an art director to layout the cover. The magazine's editor and staff selected the image for the cover of the Winter 2017 issue from a gallery of photographs taken during the fishing trip.

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