A picture taken by a photographer from East-Central Saskatchewan has won a People’s Choice award from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Melanie Gray took a picture of First Nations children dancing in a powwow on the Rama First Nation in Ontario.
Gray, who is an amateur photographer based in Humboldt, says there was a lot of influence in her taking the picture.
“I love going home and experiencing the whole pow wow and the community and people coming together, so as I’m catching people’s emotions and how they interact,” Gray says. “Really, it was just to freeze that moment in time.”
Gray says a portion from her winnings will go to a great cause.
“I’m going to send $500 to the Friendship Inn in Saskatoon, which is a community centre that provides meals and family support services to homeless and vulnerable people,” Gray says. “It’s just some place I like to support, I’ve volunteered there before.”
Gray’s photo is still on display at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg until February 4th.
It was chosen from a collection of 70 pictures part of the National Exhibition.