Photo courtesy of Canadian Journalism Foundation
Peter Bregg is the first photojournalist to win the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s lifetime achievement award.
Bregg started his career as a copy boy at Canadian Press. He rose through the ranks to become a photographer. Since then, he worked as the chief photographer at Maclean's for 17 years and a photographer and photo editor with the Canadian Press and the Associated Press in Ottawa, Boston, London, New York and Washington, DC. He was the official photographer to then-prime minister Brian Mulroney between 1984 to1985.
In his career, he has covered eight Olympic Games, Vietnam in 1973, the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.
“Being the first photographer given this award is fantastic," Bregg said in a press release. "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!”
Bregg is also member of PhotoSensitive, a photo collective that uses photography to support charitable causes, and he continues to work as a freelancer and teach photojournalism at Ryerson University.
“Peter's body of work has been an extraordinary composite sketch of Canada in the last nearly-half-century," said Kirk LaPointe, a jury member and adjunct journalism professor at UBC, in the press release. “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 will be honoured at the CJF gala on June 4 in Toronto.
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