The prize for “World Press Photo” goes to Canada this year. In Europe, the image of a woman facing a forest fire on a Greek island wins.
Often the pictures are real eye-catchers that tell a sad story. One full of misery and destruction. and loss. Like the picture of Amber Bracken. In his home country, Canadians photographed several roadside crosses hanging from red robes. They are memorials to the deceased children of Native Americans in Canada.
Bracken’s photo was taken in the summer of 2021 after the discovery of a mass grave of 215 children in the city of Kamloops. It has now been named the winner of the global World Press Photo Prize Contest. The jury in Amsterdam had to choose between 65,000 images from over 4000 photographers from 130 countries.
World Press Photo Awards: Jury Selected “Photo That Will Burn In Your Memory”
The head of the jury, Rena Efendi, said of Bracken’s award-winning work: “It’s a picture that has been burned in your memory.” And further: “I could almost hear the silence in this picture, a quiet moment of global reckoning with the history of colonialism not only in Canada but around the world.”
was in the photo new York Times Posted on. The cross is framed by a dark sky with storm clouds and a rainbow. But that’s not the only thing that haunts it so much. Because the discovery of the mass grave deeply shook Canada. For decades, Aboriginal children were forcibly placed in boarding schools for re-education.
European winner of the World Press Photo Awards: shot during a wildfire on a Greek island
The best single photo from Europe, Konstantinos Tsakalidis bloomberg news raised. Here you can see huge and severe wildfires in the Greek island of Evia in the summer of 2021.
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The focus is on an elderly woman dressed in all black, her right hand on her heart, her eyes closed and her mouth open – an expression of pain at her loss. In the background you can see a house that had to be abandoned. The whole environment is bathed in the light of red colored fire. The heat basically jumps on the viewer.
Multiple winners at the World Press Photo Awards: Awards for different categories and regions
The jury selected the winners in other categories as well. Australian Matthew Abbott awarded Best Photo Story: A series about an ancient tradition of Aboriginal Australians burning the land in a controlled manner to prevent uncontrolled bushfires. In the category of long-term projects, Brazil’s Lalo de Almeida prevailed with a series about the endangered rainforest in the Amazon. Ecuadorian photographer Isadora Romero was awarded for photographs about the consequences of forced migration.
This year for the first time the winners were selected according to the new rules: First, prizes were awarded for six regions. From this selection, global winners were chosen. (with DPA)
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