Canada National Award Winner Announced

by Photo Life
Sailor in the Spotlight, New Orleans LA, April 2015 / Kathryn Mussallem, 1st Place / 2016 / From the series Hey Sailor! New in Town?, a 5-year documentary project where I have travelled across America photographing the US Navy at work and play. This image was that perfect moment on an overfilled dance floor in a sweaty Bourbon Street bar overrun by sailors during New Orleans Fleet Week 2015, the week where several ships and thousands of sailors roar into port and take over the town as ladies fawn at this invasion of nostalgia and bravado. Camera in hand, I put on my bright red lipstick, slipped on my red high heels, and hit the street. I see these boys in white and with giddy excitement, I approach, “Hey sailor! New in town?” © Kathryn Mussallem, Winner, Canada, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sailor in the Spotlight, New Orleans LA, April 2015 / Kathryn Mussallem, 1st Place / 2016 / From the series Hey Sailor! New in Town?, a 5-year documentary project where I have travelled across America photographing the US Navy at work and play. This image was that perfect moment on an overfilled dance floor in a sweaty Bourbon Street bar overrun by sailors during New Orleans Fleet Week 2015, the week where several ships and thousands of sailors roar into port and take over the town as ladies fawn at this invasion of nostalgia and bravado. Camera in hand, I put on my bright red lipstick, slipped on my red high heels, and hit the street. I see these boys in white and with giddy excitement, I approach, “Hey sailor! New in town?” © Kathryn Mussallem, Winner, Canada, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

The 2016 winner of the Canada National Award is Kathryn Mussallem from Vancouver, B.C., for her image, Sailor in the Spotlight, New Orleans, L.A., April 2015. Part of the Sony World Photography Awards, which is organized by the World Photo Organisation (WPO), Mussallem was chosened as the Canada National Award winner for having the best single image submitted by a Canadian photographer to the competition’s ten Open categories. The second-place winner is Allan Oman for Fox Pup, and the third-place winner is Luis Portelles for Mondrianish.

Fox Pup / Allan Oman, 2nd Place / 2016 / A wild fox pup peering out from under a woodshed wall in Northern Ontario, Canada. © Allan Oman, 2nd Place, Canada, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Fox Pup / Allan Oman, 2nd Place / 2016 / A wild fox pup peering out from under a woodshed wall in Northern Ontario, Canada. © Allan Oman, 2nd Place, Canada, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

On winning the Canada National Award, Mussallem, a photography instructer at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C., said, “It’s an incredible thrill to be selected and to have this project and labour of love that I have put my heart into honoured by the WPO. With this immersive documentary project I have spent the last 5 years travelling across America photographing the U.S. Navy at work and at play. As a Canadian it is a strange obsession to be chasing the American Navy across the continent, but it has become my world. It is a great honour that this work has been recognized, and I am happy to share my adventures.” She won a Sony ILCE7RM2/B (A7R II – 42-MP/4K full-frame camera body) and a Sony SEL55F18Z (Zeiss 55-mm f/1.8 AF camera lens). Sailor in the Spotlight will also be exhibited from April 22 through May 8 at the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, and published in the annual competition awards book. The exhibition at Somerset House will feature the Professional, Open and Youth competitions’ winning and shortlisted images, along with an exhibition by photographers RongRong & inri (China/Japan), who received the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

Mondrianish / Luis Portelles, 3rd Place / 2016 / "While exploring abstract photography, a friend introduced me to Piet Mondrian and Franco Fontana. During my daily commute to work, in Laval where I live, I spotted this colourful building which reminded me both artists. Since the place is a kindergarten, I had to wait for the weekend to explore it without arising suspicious concerns. I took several shots of the place but the strong broken diagonal line and the round shape of the movement sensors that contrast with the straight angles made this image my favourite." © Luis Portelles, 3rd Place, Canada, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Mondrianish / Luis Portelles, 3rd Place / 2016 / “While exploring abstract photography, a friend introduced me to Piet Mondrian and Franco Fontana. During my daily commute to work, in Laval where I live, I spotted this colourful building which reminded me of both artists. Since the place is a kindergarten, I had to wait for the weekend to explore it without arising suspicious concerns. I took several shots of the place but the strong broken diagonal line and the round shape of the movement sensors that contrast with the straight angles made this image my favourite.” © Luis Portelles, 3rd Place, Canada, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

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