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The photograph that runs this gallery was taken by Canadian photojournalist Amber Bracken and has just received the grand prize of World Press Photo 2022, the most important international documentary photography competition.
Titled “Kamloops Residential School”, the image taken by Bracken for The New York Times shows a row of robes hanging from crosses along a path to commemorate dozens of miners who died at a Catholic institution for Indigenous children. in British Columbia, Canada.
The photo was taken in June 2021, following the discovery of up to 215 unmarked graves at the site of the former school, which closed in 1978.
“It’s an image that is stored in your memorythat elicits a kind of sensory response,” said jury president Rena Effendi.
“I can almost hear the stillness in this photograph; a quiet moment of global awareness of the history of colonization, not just in Canada, but around the world,” added the photographer.
Bracken’s pic also won the singles award in the North and Central America regional category.
The World Press Photo competition rewards the best photojournalism and documentary photography.
This year’s winners were chosen from 64,823 pictures taken by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.
Matthew Abbott was named winner of the World Press Photo Story of the Year category, with his series “Save the Forests by Fire”made for National Geographic and Panos Pictures.
Photos show Indigenous Australians strategically burning land so fires move slowly and only burn brush, clearing away the buildup of fuel that feeds the biggest blazes.
The series featured Nawarddeken from a region of Australia called Arnhem Land, who have practiced the practice for tens of thousands of years.
The World Press Photo jury has chosen “Amazon Dystopia”, by Lalo de Almeidaas the winning series of the Long-Term Project Award.
The photos, taken for Folha de São Paulo and Panos Pictures, show the threat to the Amazon rainforest from deforestation, mining, infrastructure development and the exploitation of natural resources under the mandate of the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
“This project depicts something that not only has negative effects on the local community, but also on a global level, as it sets off a chain reaction,” Effendi said.
“blood is a seed“by Isadora Romeroreceived the Open Format award.
Through personal stories and a journey to the ancestral city of Romero, Une, en VSDenmark, Colombiathe project questions the disappearance of seeds, forced migration, colonization and the consequent loss of ancestral knowledge.
World Press Photo regional winners were also announced, some of which can be viewed below.
South America, Individuals: “Expulsion from the colony of San Isidro”, by Vladimir Encina, Colombia
South America, Stories: “The Promise”, by Irina Werning, Argentina, for the Pulitzer Center
North and Central America, open format: “The flower of time. The red mountain of Guerrero”, by Yael Martínez for Magnum Photos
North and Central America, Stories: “The People Who Nurture America”, by Ismail Ferdous, Bangladesh, for Agence VU’
Africa, Individuals: “Protests in Sudan”, by Faiz Abubakr Mohamed
Africa, Stories: “Fear of going to school”, by Sodiq Adelakun Adekola, Nigeria, for Agence France-Presse
Asia, People: “Palestinian Children in Gaza”, by Fatima Shbair, Gaza, for Getty Images
Asia, Stories: “Kabul Cinema”, by Bram Janssen, Netherlands, for Associated Press
Europe, Singles: “Forest Fire on Evia Island,” by Konstantinos Tsakalidis, Greece, for Bloomberg News
Europe, Stories: “As the Frozen Land Burns”, by Nanna Heitmann, Russia/Germany, for Magnum Photos
Europe, Honorable Mention: “M+T”, by Mary Gelman
Southeast Asia and Oceania, singles: “Slingshot”, anonymous, for the New York Times
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