A unique Olympic-style competition, the World Photographic Cup is not only about shutter speeds and composition, it’s about the spirit of friendship with 31 countries participating in 2024. For Canada, the process began last summer, when image submissions came in from coast to coast, vying for one of the 30 precious spots on WPC Team Canada.
On January 29th, Team Canada 2024 members gathered virtually to watch the Top 10 announcement live from Louisville, KY. The enthusiasm was infectious as team members were rewarded for their artistry. For the seven photographers that earned Top 10 accolades there’s more than skill at stake, it’s a podium finish that they dream of, not just for personal glory but to hoist the Canadian flag high. Come April, Canada’s Top 10 images will take center stage in Dallas, Texas, USA. The vibrant cultural hub will play host as photographers from across the globe gather to celebrate the finest visual narratives. The Canadian entries, each a masterpiece in its own right, will be in contention for medals, with the ultimate goal of bringing home the prestigious World Photographic Cup.
“The stakes are high in the commercial category, so this was very unexpected. I am blown away and very happy. It is a unique opportunity to work as a team for our country and awesome to finally support Team Canada with a Top 10 finish. I am proud of this, I am proud of us.”
As photographer and artist, Alph seeks to create iconic and impactful images that elicit an emotional response within the viewer. The OCULUS – New York City, NY is the centrepiece of The World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, it is symbolic of a bird being released from a child’s hand and represents the city’s rebirth after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. The structure’s orientation serves as a lasting reminder as it’s primary axis is in alignment with the sun’s solar angles on each September 11th, from 8:46 am, when the first plane struck, until 10:28 am, when the second tower collapsed. My vision was to capture the totality of this architectural masterwork and present its uniqueness and magnificence framed in its immediate environment, whilst illuminating it’s story and purpose.