Striking image of Quebec wildfire fighter amid burnt landscape wins World Press Photo award

By Verity Stevenson
CBC News
April 3, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Standing on top of a massive boulder, a young forest firefighter surveys the damage wrought by Quebec’s worst wildfire season in recent history. …The black-and-white photograph, captured last summer by Charles-Frédérick Ouellet and titled A Day in the Life of a Quebec Fire Crew has just won the North and Central American Single Photograph award at the 2023 World Press Photo contest. Ouellet spent more than a day in the life of a fire crew. In fact, he was part of one as an auxiliary firefighter with the province’s wildfire prevention agency, the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), last year. The photographer and filmmaker from the borough of Chicoutimi in Quebec’s Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region received auxiliary firefighter training for a documentary he was working on with fellow photographer, Nicolas Lévesque, in order to be able to document crews’ work on the ground. 

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