The News Photographers Association of Canada interviewed Ian Willms, a Reportage Emerging Talent, about his project “As Long as the Sun Shines,” which won a judge’s special recognition in this year’s POYi.
I came into this story thinking I’d do a photo essay on rising cancer rates in towns near the Oil Sands. But it has since become much more than that. I now see this work as being about a vanishing culture and that’s tied to a vanishing environment. This situation is a continuation of a long and painful history of abuses of the First Nations within Canada.
Read more on the NPAC Web site.
Caption: Aurora borealis is seen over Fort Chipewyan’s main cemetery, September 3rd, 2011. In recent years, the cemetery has been filled beyond capacity and will soon need to be expanded.