Apr 08, 2022
By Andy Johnson
A haunting picture, taken by an Edmonton photographer, has been named World Press Photo of the Year.
The photograph shows red dresses hanging on crosses along a roadside with a rainbow in the background, commemorating children who died at the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia.
The image was one of a series on the residential school shot by 38-year old Amber Bracken for The New York Times.
The jury said the shot inspires ‘sensory reaction.”
It was not the first time Bracken’s work has been recognized in the Amsterdam-based competition. She won first prize in the contest’s contemporary issues category in 2017 for images she took of protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline site in North Dakota.