TORONTO, March 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Peter Bregg, a photojournalist who has captured some of journalism's most
compelling images, will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 4 in Toronto.
"Being the first photographer given this award is fantastic," says
Bregg. "I know a few of the past winners and being in same room as them
was an honour. Now I am on the same list. How cool is that!"
Promoted by The Canadian Press from copy boy to photographer when he
turned 19, Bregg has—over the past five decades—travelled to more than
70 countries covering stories both large and small. View samples from
his recent work and his archives.
"Peter's body of work has been an extraordinary composite sketch of
Canada in the last nearly-half-century," says Kirk LaPointe, a jury member who is also adjunct professor and executive-in-residence
at The University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
"He has been one of the most generous, consummately professional
journalists in my experience, a mentor to newer photojournalists and a
trusted source of advice and leadership in how great journalism is
generated. He has remained true to the principles of high-calibre
journalism while being an early adopter of modern, digital methods to
tell visual stories. He exemplifies what a lifetime of journalism
should be: constant renewal, consistent excellence, high integrity and
a commitment to community."
Bregg was chief photographer at Maclean's for 17 years; has worked as a photographer and photo editor with The
Canadian Press and the Associated Press in Ottawa, Boston, London, New
York and Washington, DC; and was the official photographer to Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984-85. His assignments have included eight
Olympic Games, Stanley Cups, World Series, Presidential trips, Vietnam
in 1973, the Iran hostage crisis in 1979-80, the imposition of martial
law on the Solidarity movement in Poland in 1981, and the 9/11
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001.
Bregg is a member of PhotoSensitive, a photo collective that uses
photography to support charitable causes, and he continues to take
freelance commissions while teaching photojournalism at Toronto's
Ryerson University Journalism School.
Bregg joins a distinguished group of CJF Lifetime Achievement Award
winners. Past recipients include: Michael Maclear, Jack Sigvaldason, Patrick Brown, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, Sally Armstrong, Norman Webster, Knowlton Nash, Pierre Berton (posthumous), June Callwood, Doris Anderson, Trina McQueen, Doug Creighton, Mark Starowicz, Bernard Derome, Peter C. Newman, Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford. View our video gallery of past recipients.
The Lifetime Achievement Award jury members are:
Chair - Valerie Pringle, Long-time program host and television journalist, CBC and CTV (Canada
Catherine Cano, Executive Director, News Programs, CBC/Radio-Canada
William Fox, Consultant, Government and Public Relations, Stikeman Elliott LLP,
Former Director of Communications for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Chantal Hébert, Political Columnist, Toronto Star, le Devoir, l'Actualité, CBC, Radio-Canada
Jamie Irving, Publisher, The Telegraph Journal
Sarah Jennings, Journalist and author of Art and Politics
Kirk LaPointe, Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence, The University of
British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Jane Taber, Senior political writer, The Globe and Mail
Anthony Wilson-Smith, President, The Historica-Dominion Institute
For more information about the CJF Awards, please visit our CJF Awards page.
About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in
journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through
an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue
among journalists, business people, academics and students about the
role of the media in Canadian society; by supporting journalism
websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools;
and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
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