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 4th 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 the 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 AM)
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 the CJF Awards page.