Thursday, October 03, 2019

World Press Photo 2019 at Brookfield Place

The best of the best of the best are back in the Allen Lambert Galleria during the 62nd annual World Press Photo Exhibition. Over 78,000 photos were entered from photographers from 129 countries, the winners will be in the galleria from October 1 to 23, 2019. Here is a small selection of some of the winners. Sarah Blesener's photo of Russian students laughing before a singing and marching competition in the picture at top.

Descriptions from the World Press Photo website: "Patriotic education, often with a military subtext, forms the mainspring of many youth programs in both Russia and the United States. In America, the dual messages of ‘America first’ and ‘Americanism’ can be found not only as a driving force behind adult political movements, but around the country in camps and clubs where young people are taught what it means to be an American. In Russia, patriotic clubs and camps are encouraged by government. In 2015, President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a Russian students’ movement whose aim was to help form the characters of young people through instruction in ideology, religion and preparedness for war. The ‘Patriotic Education of Russian Citizens in 2016–2020’ program called for an 8 percent increase in patriotism among youth, and a 10 percent increase in recruits to the armed forces."
Visitors wander the free exhibition in Brookfield Place

A child sleeps on a mattess on top of a dead river in this photo by Mário Cruz

"The Pasig River in Manila, Philippines was declared biologically dead in the 1990s, due to a combination of industrial pollution and waste being dumped by nearby communities living without adequate sanitation infrastructure. A 2017 report by Nature Communications cites the Pasig as one of 20 most polluted rivers in the world, with up to 63,700 tons of plastic deposited into the ocean each year. Efforts are being made to clean up the Pasig, which were recognized by an international prize in 2018, but in parts of the river the waste is still so dense that it is possible to walk on top of the garbage."
Brent Stirton photo of a female anti-poaching ranger training in Zimbabwe

"Akashinga (‘The Brave Ones’) is a ranger force established as an alternative conservation model. It aims to work with, rather than against local populations, for the long-term benefits of their communities and the environment. Akashinga comprises women from disadvantaged backgrounds, empowering them, offering jobs, and helping local people to benefit directly from the preservation of wildlife. Other strategies—such as using fees from trophy hunting to fund conservation—have been criticized for imposing solutions from the outside and excluding the needs of local people. "

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