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Alumna Kathryn Mussallem Takes Home Canada National Award for Photography

Sailor In The Spotlight New Orleans La April 2015 Mussallem

By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on March 16, 2016 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:05AM

Part of world’s biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards.

Alumna Kathryn Mussallem's (BFA '00/MAA '08), winning image “Sailor in the Spotlight, New Orleans LA, April 2015 ” was selected as the single best photograph taken by a Canadian photographer by the Sony World Photography Awards.

Mussallem is an internationally recognized photographer and sessional photography instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her winning image will be part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 22 - May 8, 2016, and will be published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.


"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 traveling across America photographing the US 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."

Kathryn Mussallem

The Sony World Photography Awards rewards and recognises the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year. Attracting photographers of all abilities, the awards incorporate four competitions: Professional; Open; Youth and Student. More information about the awards can be found at World Photography Organisation.