By Emily Goddard

Shannon Dallas_in_vancouver_12-10-111October 11 - Jeff Crow of Australia's Sport the Library has scooped the top prize in the photography category of the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) 2011 Paralympic Media Awards with his image of Australian sit skier Shannon Dallas competing in the slalom event at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Crow was contracted by the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) to capture their teams in action at the Games and his images were used widely across Australia's media throughout the event.

Open to all accredited photographers from the Vancouver Paralympics, other finalists in the category included New Zealand's Hannah Johnston for her photo of Daisuke Uehara and Mitsuru Nagases (pictured below) of Japan celebrating after winning their ice sledge hockey semi-final and Belgian Lieven Coudenys for his photo of Russia's Irek Zaripov receiving one of his three gold medals from the Games.

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Meanwhile, Gary Kingston from Canada's Vancouver Sun has won the written category of the IPC Media Awards.

Kingston's work covered not only Canadian athletes but also international heroes, with highlights including his story on Alexi Salamone, an orphaned Ukrainian-born hockey star who was raised by Americans, and a profile piece on Team Canada's Paul Rosen, who lost his leg and his wife, but is happier than ever with his true love of sport.

Canada's Terry Bell of the Vancouver Province was the other finalist for the award, as many of his pieces focused on the athletes themselves rather than just plain competition results.

The IPC Paralympic Media Awards recognise the highest quality and most dynamic works from a Paralympic Games, including both print and online publications.

Both Crow and Kingston will officially be presented their awards at the gala dinner during the IPC General Assembly in Beijing on December 10.

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