The global jury selected as the winning image of this edition the photograph “Kamloops Residential School” by the Canadian photojournalist Amber Bracken for The New York Times. The image shows red dresses hanging from crosses along a road to pay tribute to the children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, an institution formed to force cultural assimilation on Indian children in British Columbia.
In the category graphic report of the year, the award was awarded to the series “Save the forests with fire” of the australian photographer Matthew Abbott for National Geographic/ Panos Pictures. This series of images portrays indigenous Australians strategically burning the land in a practice known as “cold burning”, in which the fire moves slowly, burning only the brush and removing the build-up of fuel that fuels the higher flames. large. The Nawarddeken people of the West Arnhem region of Australia have practiced controlled cold burning for tens of thousands of years and see fire as a tool to manage their 13,900 km2 territory.
The Brazilian photographer Lalo de Almeida was the winner of the Long Term Project category with the series “Amazonian dystopia” for Folha de São Paulo/ Panos Pictures where the threats under which the Amazon jungle lives are shown. Deforestation, mining, infrastructure development and the exploitation of natural resources are accelerating especially in the wake of President Jair Bolsonaro’s regressive environmental policies. Since 2019, the devastation of the Brazilian Amazon has reached its fastest pace in a decade.
The open format award went to ‘Blood is a seed’ of the Ecuadorian photographer Isadora Romero. In it, the disappearance of seeds, forced migration, colonization and the subsequent loss of ancestral knowledge are questioned. The video is made up of digital and analog photographs, some of which were taken on expired 35mm film, which Isadora’s father later drew on.
World Press Photo 2022, It is shown at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, Av. Hidalgo 45, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Guerrero, Cuauhtémoc, 06300 Mexico City, CDMX. Until October 2.
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