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.
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.