2017 Photo Contest winner Amber Bracken (@photobracken), Canada, for "Standing Rock" - Contemporary Issues, first prize stories
November 14, 2016: People prepare to leave camp for a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,886-kilometer-long underground oil pipeline project designed to transport oil from #NorthDakota to a shipping terminal in Illinois, USA. By 2016, most of the pipeline was complete, but the section closest to the #StandingRock #Sioux reservation still awaited federal approval. The Standing Rock Sioux people opposed the DAPL, fearing water contamination and damage to sacred tribal sites. A stretch of the pipeline was set to run under the Missouri River—the prime source of drinking water for the reservation. Large protests at Lake Oahe gained national and international attention. Traditional religious ceremonies and prayer formed part of the day at the protesters' camp. #NODAPL
The 2017 Photo Contest (#WPPh2017 ) drew entries from around the world: 5,034 photographers from 125 countries submitted 80,408 images. We'll be sharing some of the winning images for the next few weeks, but click the link in our bio to see the full gallery of 309 prize-winning photos.