Lonely Planet Writer

National exhibition of crowd-sourced photos opens for Canada's 150 celebration

A new exhibit featuring 70 images from photographers across Canada has opened at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. The exhibition, entitled Points of View, focuses on human rights issues in Canada and beyond.

This award-winning photo is in the third of four exhibitions.
This award-winning photo is in the third of four exhibitions. Image by Rajneesh Fontaina

The third of four exhibitions presented by the CMHR celebrating the 150th year of Canadian Confederation, the exhibition features photographs chosen by a diverse jury, including professional photographers, scholars and writers.

The winning image.
The winning image. Image by Ossie Michelin

The photo selected as “Best photograph in exhibition” was captured by a journalist during a 2013 protest against fracking in New Brunswick. Four other images have been selected as best photographs for a variety of human rights–related themes.

An award-winning photo from the exhibition.
An award-winning photo from the exhibition. Image by Darren Ell and Philippe Montbazet

But the exhibit isn’t limited to a visual experience. One display features three-dimensional, tactile versions of the five award-winning images, enabling blind visitors to experience the art through their sense of touch. Points of View runs through 4 February 2018.

Pete Haertel, who is blind, interacts with the 3D tactile versions of one of the award-winning photos.
Pete Haertel, who is blind, interacts with the 3D tactile versions of one of the award-winning photos. Image by Jessica Sigurdson/CMHR

What is the Canadian Museum of Human Rights?

Opened in 2014, the CMHR is the first museum dedicated solely to the examination and future of human rights. The museum focuses on human rights worldwide, but with a Canadian point of view. Permanent galleries focus on global and Canadian human rights, with exhibitions on indigenous experiences, the Holocaust and historical moments in the story of human rights.