about the emas

The Emerge Media Awards, sponsored and hosted by the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, celebrate and showcase the achievements of Canadian postsecondary students in journalism, photography, graphic design and communications disciplines.


We seek out and recognize the best writing, editing, videography, audio, graphic design, communications, marketing and public relations work done at colleges and universities, and invite work from institutions in all provinces and territories.


Eligible work must have been produced during the Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020 calendar year; entrants must have been enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program at the time of production.

2021 Finalists

Design: Media Website

Lua Presidio, David Kao and Keegan Landrigan, University of British Columbia: The Guide to UBC


Kedice Jones, Navreen Aulakh, Fiona Li-Duong, Zabdel Salandanan and Zoya Rahim, University of Guelph-Humber: Emerge Web Magazine


Cara Nickerson, Mohawk College: Spooky Scara


Stephanie Bai and Julie Shi, University of Toronto: Spine: The Varsity’s Winter 2020 Edition

Design: Advertisement, Marketing or Promotional Material

Dominic Balasta, University of Guelph-Humber: Emerge: We Are Digital


Ivan Angelovski, Conestoga College: Yearbook


Vishnuga Rajalingam, University of Guelph-Humber: The Help


Malik Assaf, Fanshawe College: Magista


Joy Xu, McMaster University: League of Legends

Design: Print News or Feature Story

Lua Presidio and Elizabeth Wang, University of British Columbia: Something I missed in a split between two


Karisa Simon, University of Guelph-Humber: Afrofuturism: The Tool of Reclamation of the African Diaspora


Mackenzie Boers, University of Guelph-Humber: The power of preparation


Michelle Weremczuk, MacEwan University: It’s food for thought – not food or thought


Sara Mizannojehdehi, Carleton University: Norouz under quarantine

Public Relations or Marketing Campaign

Magdelena Oskam, Conestoga College: Buzz Tour Co. Integrated Marketing and Public Relations Campaign


Luxshana Sivaneswaran and Gustavo Lopes, Humber College:

Madawaska Adventures Outdoor Gear and Clothing Internal Communications Plan


Kaela Johnson, Alena Blanes, Julia Boncoddo, Celia Commisso, Cassandra Constantinou, Danya Elsayed, Andreya Klobucar, Mahleej Raja and Caryssa Razionale, University of Guelph-Humber, Emerge: Unknown


Michel Johnson-Figueredo, Shania Rohr, Kianna Houben, Tuan Hoang Le and Ricardo Fartura, Humber College: Madawaska Adventures Communications Plan


Karan Bhandari, Conestoga College: Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services Integrated Communications Plan


Alex Bowman, Loyalist College: Plastic


Branden Dwyer, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design: Unsightly Characteristics


Spencer Colby, Carleton University: Photographing Ottawa’s Protests in 2020: A Collection of Work


Jadine Ngan, University of Toronto: In Photos: The empty public places of my hometown


Nathan Ching, University of Toronto: From Hong Kong to Toronto: musings from travelling during COVID-19

Commercial / Creative Photography

Yiru Wang and Lua Presidio, University of British Columbia: Performance: Gender


Gary Krakower, Fanshawe College: No escape


Jane Diokpo, University of British Columbia: Turn that frown upside down


Katelyn Snell, University of British Columbia, Phantom touch


Trina Stewart, Fanshawe College: Hands of time

Video Documentary

Suleiman Yakub, University of Regina: Hawkers


Nathan Sing, Sheehan Desjardins and Ben Hargreaves, Ryerson University: Life means life: A father’s fight for justice


Lucy Harnish and Feleshia Chandler, University of King’s College: The mad scientist of Hubbards


Alex “Cosmo” Lutz, Aniket Sawant and Renat Absalyamov, Fanshawe College: Unbeatable


Katie Hoang, University of British Columbia: The cloth that holds us together

Video Short

Lukas Weese and Kaj Larsen, Centennial College: Keep bringing it: A video feature on Sportsnet’s Donnovan Bennett


Kaila Paradis, MacEwan University: The girl doesn’t die in this one


Jacqueline Ohm, MacEwan University: Give me a break


Alexandre Hinton, McGill University: The #takejamesmcgilldown movement


Sarah Ford, McGill University: Witnessing wildlife

Audio Storytelling

Serena Renner, University of British Columbia: British Columbians sing in solidarity


Meredith Omstead and Akrit Michael, Centennial College: InChoir T.O.


Taranpreet Ahluwalia, Sean-Michael Guikpa, Brendan Nickels, Faye Huynh and Thomas Keroglidis, Humber College: Less than proud: Historic racism in Canada


David Sporich, Jonathan Camacho and Mike Davey, Humber College: Uhodi


Gracie Brison, Ryerson University: Becoming Zoe

Multimedia Production

Andrea Wong, Blaise Kemna, Kyra Bird and Hailey Payne, Mount Royal University: CHOICES: A cerebral palsy story


Terry Smith and Colleen Copley, MacEwan University:
Reaching: Environment, climate justice and politics in Alberta


Dina Dong, University of Toronto: Through the looking glass


Students in Feature Writing and Boosting Media Techniques, Ryerson University:

T• Community Winter 2020


Devyn Mackenzie, Moe Ali, Hesham Ali, Taylor Fitzpatrick, Danielle Orr, Paolo Pagcanlugan, Menna Shawky, Shivyoshita Sood and Keitha Sims-Korba, Sheridan College: Fair Play: Women in Sport

Written Word: News Story

Zoe Yunker, University of British Columbia: East Hastings neighbourhood loses beloved thrift store as development ramps up


Urooj Khan, University of Guelph-Humber: Miracle on Bay Street


Pascale Malenfant, Carleton University: Carleton researcher pilots 3D-printed animal models for mating research


Serena Renner, University of British Columbia: Local TV show The Magicians goes green behind the scenes


Mark Colley, Carleton University: Students express privacy and security concerns over proctoring software

Written Word: Editorial or Column

Madeleine Chan, Simon Fraser University: The Vancouver Mural Festival continues to paint over its gentrification


Ivan Angelovski, Conestoga College: Jasna’s ‘burek’ is a pie to die for


Reanna Julien and Pascale Malenfant, Carleton University: Opinion: Until Canada has stats on police brutality, anecdotes of the Black experience won’t suffice


Martha Taylor, Lydia Angarso and Shantel Watson, University of Toronto: Op-ed: Dear Trinity College, do better — address antiBlack racism now


Ibnul Chowdhury, University of Toronto: Editorial: Lacking centralization, tuition transparency — U of T’s 2020 COVID-19 response falls short

Thank you to everyone who entered! The finalists will be announced April 14, 2021