Peter Bregg

Changu Mwachingwala, in her eighties, walks through a maize crop in the village of Shachibi, Zambia. The area had been without rain for more than a month.
Peter Bregg was in Africa working on an HIV/AIDS story and spoke with Changu through a CARE translator. She had lost eight of her ten children to AIDS and was caring for her twenty grandchildren, which meant the expected food shortage would put her in very desperate circumstances.
After this photo ran in Maclean’s magazine, a reader contacted Peter and made a donation to the grandmother, which directly helped her and her twenty grandchildren survive this potentially fatal situation.

Over the past four decades, photojournalist Peter Bregg has travelled to more than 70 countries and captured some of the world’s most compelling stories with his camera. Mr.Bregg served as chief photographer at Maclean’s Magazine and Rogers Publishing for 20 years. He has also worked as a photographer and editor with the Canadian Press in Ottawa and the Associated Press in Boston, London, New York, and Washington, DC, and was the official photographer to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984-85. His assignments have included eight Olympic Games, Stanley Cups, World Series, Presidential trips, Vietnam in 1973, the Iran hostage crisis in 1979-80, and the imposition of martial law on the Solidarity movement in Poland in 1981. He was also in New York to cover the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001.
Mr. Bregg has been an active member of PhotoSensitive—a photo collective that uses photography to support charitable causes—since its founding in 1990. To date, he has travelled with PhotoSensitive and other NGOs twelve times since 2002, including a trip with With WaterCan to Ethiopia, where he documented the visit of Margaret Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire to several of WaterCan’s clean water and sanitation project sites.  In May of 2010 he travelled with the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers group to cover their conference in Swaziland. The photo essay appeared in the October issue of Zoomer magazine. Mr. Bregg while taking freelance commissions  also teaches photojournalism to  senior journalism students at Toronto’s Ryerson University Journalism School.
Peter Bregg has won numerous awards including a World Press Photo Award, NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year, Canadian Press Photo of the Year, Eastern Canada News Photographers Association Awards, a Canadian National Newspaper Award, and White House News Photographers Association Awards.