Cultural, Human rights

World Press Photo winners on display at Canadian War Museum

For the 10th year in a row, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is hosting the travelling World Press Photo Exhibition 2017.

The exhibition consists of 152 large format photographs taken around the world by 45 different photographers, including three Canadians.

The winning photographs were chosen from eight categories: contemporary issues, daily life, general news, long-term projects, nature, people, sports and spot news.
“It’s an honour to once again showcase the world’s best photojournalism, and to be the first venue in Canada to host this hard-hitting, impactful exhibition,” said Stephen Quick, director general of the Canadian War Museum. “The World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 greatly expands the reach of visual journalism and of photographers committed to documenting personal stories and contemporary issues.”

Three Canadian photojournalists won awards. Amber Bracken of Edmonton won first prize (stories) in contemporary issues for her five-week series on the Dakota Access Pipeline standoff at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Giovanni Capriotti of Toronto earned first prize (stories) in the sports category for his stereotype-busting portfolio of the Muddy York Rugby Football Club — a gay men’s rugby team — both on and off the field. Darren Calabrese of Halifax took third prize (stories) in sports for his images of CrossFit athlete Lindsay Hilton, born without full limbs, as she tackles gruelling workouts using adaptive equipment made from common hardware.

The exhibition is on display in the Barney Danson Theatre from July 21 to August 13, 2017 and is free of charge to the public.

After the Ottawa show, the exhibition moves on to Montreal, Toronto and Chicoutimi.