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The photograph presiding over this exhibition was taken by Canadian photographer Amber Bracken, and has just received the main prize of the World Press Photo 2022 competition, the most important international documentary photography competition.
Titled Kamloops Residential School, the photo Bracken took for the New York Times shows a row of dresses hung on crosses along a road to commemorate the dozens of minors who died in a Catholic institution for Aboriginal children. in British Columbia, Canada.
The photo was taken in June 2021, after as many as 215 unmarked graves were discovered on the site of the former school, which closed in 1978.
“it’s a picture It has been recorded in your memory“It provokes a kind of sensory reaction,” said the chair of the jury, Rina Effendi.
The photographer added, “I can almost hear the calm in this photo; a quiet moment for a global account of colonial history, not only in Canada but around the world.”
Bracken’s photo also won the Singles Award in the North and Central America regional category.
The World Press Photo competition recognizes the best photojournalism and documentaries.
This year’s winners were chosen from among 64,823 Pictures Taken by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.
Matthew Abbott He was awarded the World Press Photo Story of the Year category, with his series “Saving the Forests with Fire”Prepared for National Geographic and Panos Pictures.
The images show Aboriginal Australians strategically burning the land so that the flames move slowly and burn only the brush, removing the buildup of fuel that fuels the largest flames.
The series featured Nawarddeken people from an area of Australia called Arnhem Land, who have carried out this practice for tens of thousands of years.
The world press photo jury chose it “Amazon Dystopia”And by Lalo de Almeidaas the long-term project award winning series.
The images, taken for Folha de São Paulo and Panos Pictures, show the threat to the Amazon rainforest from deforestation, mining, infrastructure development and natural resource exploitation under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s term.
“This project depicts something that not only has negative impacts on the local community, but also on a global level, as it leads to a chain reaction,” Effendi said.
“blood seed“by Isadora RomeroOpen Format Award.
Through personal stories and a journey to the ancestral city of Romero, ON, in cOndinamarca, ColombiaThe project questions the disappearance of seeds, forced migration, colonization and the consequent loss of ancestral knowledge.
Regional winners have also been announced with global press photos, some of which can be found below.
South America, Individuals: “Evacuation of the Settlement of San Isidro,” by Vladimir Encina, Colombia
South America, Stories: “The Promise,” by Irina Ferning, Argentina, for the Pulitzer Center
North and Central America, open format: “Flower of Time. Red Mount Guerrero,” by Yael Martinez for Magnum Photos
North and Central America, Stories: “The People Who Shepherd America” (in English), by Ismail Ferdous, Bangladesh, for VU Agency.
Africa, Individuals: “Protests in Sudan” by Fayez Abu Bakr Muhammad
Africa, Stories: ‘Afraid to go to school’ by Sodic Adilakon Adekula, Nigeria for AFP
Asia, Individuals: “Palestinian Children in Gaza,” by Fatima Shbeir, Gaza, for Getty Images
Asia, Stories: “Cinema Kabul,” by Bram Jansen, Netherlands, for The Associated Press
Europe, Singles: “A forest fire on the island of Evia” by Konstantinos Tsakallidis, Greece, for Bloomberg News
Europe, Stories: “As the Frozen Earth Burns,” by Nana Heitmann, Russia/Germany, for Magnum Pictures
Europe, honorable mention: “M+T,” by Mary Gilman
Southeast Asia and Oceania, Singles: “Slingshot”, Unknown, for The New York Times
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