Amber Bracken


Amber Bracken, a lifelong Albertan, is a freelance photojournalist based in Edmonton, Canada, who photographs primarily across western North America to better connect to the global issues in her own backyard. 

Her work explores intersections of race, environment, culture and decolonization, specializing in invested relationship based and historically contextualized storytelling that centers people in their own stories. Recent work has focused on the ongoing legacy of intergenerational trauma from Residential “Schools” for Cree and Metis youth, Wet'suwet'en reoccupation and land rights fights, the overrepresentation of un-housed Indigenous people displaced in their historic territories, and interrogating the impact of race in her own family. 

Select clients include National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Maclean's, ESPN, and The New York Times. She has received numerous awards and recognition, including The Marty Forscher Fellowship and an ICP Infinity Award.

World Press Photo Involvement: 
2023 World Press Photo Contest jury member
2022 World Press Photo Contest winner
2017 World Press Photo Contest winner

Amber Bracken on Social Media: 
Instagram: @photobracken
Twitter: @photobracken

Amber Bracken
Portrait credit: Jason Franson