Justin Pritchard named Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s Journalist of the Year


TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2018, /CNW/ – Professional car journalist Justin Pritchard obtained top honors on the 2018 Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s 35th Annual Journalism Awards, held on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Ajax Convention Centre in Ajax, Ontario. Justin Pritchard became named the Jaguar Land Rover Journalist of the Year, the most esteemed award available to members of the Association. In general, 24 newshounds had been honored with awards.

“Jaguar Land Rover Canada may be very proud to be the imparting sponsor of this award for the past 35 years. Every year the finalist’s submissions are terrific and this year changed into no exception. All 3 finalists were very worthy, and we were thrilled for Justin to take domestic the coveted prize. Congratulations also to Mark and Marc, who once again submitted the highest quality stage of work,” said John Lindo of Jaguar Land Rover.

The AJAC Journalist of the Year award supplied utilizing Jaguar Land Rover turned into inaugurated in 1984 utilizing John Mackie, past president of Jaguar Canada, to “praise excellence in automotive journalism” and has been provided via Jaguar Land Rover Canada for the beyond 35 years.

This 12 months’ first runner-up is Mark Richardson, and 2nd runner-up is Marc Lachapelle.

The full list of awards and recipients on the 35th Annual AJAC Journalism Awards is as follows:

Journalist of the Year Presented via Jaguar Land Rover Canada

Winner: Justin Pritchard

1st Runner-Up: Mark Richardson

2d Runner Up: Marc Lachapelle

Wakefield Castrol Awards for Automotive Writing

Technical Topics

Winner: Sami Haj-Assaad

Runner-Up: Mark Toljagic

Vehicle Review/Testing

Winner: Jeff Wilson

Runner-Up: Mark Toljagic

Feature Writing Award Presented utilizing Subaru Canada

Winner: Mark Richardson

Runner-Up: Michael Bettencourt

Environmental Journalism Award Presented by way of Nissan Canada

Winner: Mark Richardson

Runner-Up: Michael Bettencourt

Photography Award (posted) Presented by PFAFF Pirelli

Winner, Published: Jeff Wilson

First Runner Up: Peter Bleakney

Second Runner-Up: Kelly Taylor

Winner, Unpublished: Russell Purcell

First Runner-Up: Brian Harper

Second Runner-Up: Lesley Wimbush

CAA Road Safety Journalism Award Presented through CAA

Winner: Kelly Taylor

Runner-Up: Dale Johnson

Best Design Award Presented through Kia Canada

Winner (tie): Lee Bailee

Winner (tie): Michael Taylor

Runner-Up: Michael Bettencourt

Best Video Journalism Award supplied utilizing Integrated Automotive Experience.

Winner: Sami-Haj-Assaad

Runner-Up: Jesse Caron

The Julie Wilkinson Motorsport Journalism Award was presented with the aid of Kal Tire.Image result for Justin Pritchard named Automobile Journalists Association of Canada's Journalist of the Year

Winner: Lesly Wimbush

The Tony Sloga Award

Winner: Gregory Young, Mazda Canada

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