The World Press Photo Montreal Expo team announces the cancellation of its originally scheduled exhibition from August 26 to October 4 at the Bonsecours Market. Despite the support of long-time partners and having explored several scenarios until the very last minute, the team has decided to cancel the event.
Public health guidelines, the concern to protect the health of the team and visitors lead to this conclusion. The World Press Photo is the world’s most prestigious professional photography competition. Over the years, the Montreal edition, one of the most popular in the world, has become must-see event in Montreal, welcoming more than 60,000 people each year.
“We thank our team members, suppliers, partners, SDC Vieux-Montréal, Bonsecours Market and the City of Montreal for their support over the past few months. Their mobilization efforts have impressed and touched us. explains Yann Fortier, general manager of the event.
A winning series on display on The West Commune Street
With the support of SDC Vieux-Montréal, the World Press Photo Montreal has been exhibiting 12 photos of the series Les Gazelles de Gouandé,by Belgian photographer Olivier Papegnies, winner of this year’s World Press Photo Prize, in the Sports category. These 12 large-format images will be visible throughout the fall on outdoor structures on the Rue de la Commune Ouest, opposite the Lock market.
History of the Gazelles of Gouandé
In northern Benin, the village of Gouandé features several young women, members of the Gazelles de Gouandé, one of 16 women’s soccer teams created as part of Impact’Elle. These young players find a space and an opportunity to assert themselves while freeing themselves from certain stereotypes.
Photo Credit: The Gazelles de Gouandé – © Olivier Papegnies