The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) hosts the annual National Pictures of the Year awards each spring. This event is the largest annual photo contest in Canada, showcasing the best work of its members. It also recognizes the Photojournalist of the Year, Photograph of the Year, and Student Photographer of the Year. The awards competition further serves to provide members with important peer review of their work, as well as helping them to stay current with trends and techniques in photojournalism.
The National Pictures of the Year awards has become the largest photojournalism competition, for both still photography and multimedia, in the country.