One of my photographs that won the Allard Prize Photo Competition in 2014 has been included in a recently-released video by the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. The photography contest is run the UBC Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Allard Prize for International Integrity, which recognizes efforts to promote transparency, leadership and rule of law around the globe.
My image was made in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. It portrays the on-going call for support of veterans of the Guerra del Atlántico Sur (Falklands War). At the time I made this image, claims of inhuman treatment of conscript soldiers by their officers had been widely aired but little resolved for more than 30 years. Suicide has reportedly stalked as many as 454 of the Argentinian veterans. History will judge whether this war was launched for national identity or as the act of a desperate junta. What I do feel is that a government’s decision to go to war always falls most heavily on its citizens.
The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/1iB9pp4AFIE
posted by Ted Nodwell