On October 29, Vilnius welcomes a The World Press Photo Exhibition 2022, the winners of a competition that has been held for 65 years. This year, it received over 65,000 entries from 4,000 photographers in 130 countries. Displayed in the exhibition are over 50 of the best press photos reflecting best-known events of 2021. The World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 premiered in Amsterdam on April 15. A global tour will travel to 70 cities in 30 countries.
Canadian photojournalist Amber Bracken was chosen photographer of the year, for an image of a mass grave of indigenous children at a school in Kamploops, BC, Canada. In April, the Globe and Mail newspaper described the photo of red dresses hung on crosses as the evening sun broke through the rain. She was on assignment, following the discovery of unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. “It was evening and it came through in that dramatic evening way that light will do and lit up the sky with that rainbow. …one foot of the rainbow seemed to land in the place where the children’s graves had been discovered. It felt like a moment of serendipity that all of these things came together in just the right way to have this moment of light in the midst of all the gloominess.”
Another contestant, Australian Matthew Abbott won for his photo “Saving Forests with Fire”, portraying indigenous Australians who have strategically burned land to protect their environment for tens of thousands of years, preventing larger, more destructive fires from occurring in the hotter, dryer months of the year.