Zanele Muholi, top left. Edward Burtynsky right. Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, bottom left.

Award-winning Ryerson alumni

In Arts & Life /

By Mackenzie Davidson 

Photographer Zanele Muholi received the 2013 Prince Claus Award, which is given to beacons of culture and progressive thinking. Muholi’s latest project is a series of poignant portraits of members of the LGBT community in South Africa. Muholi graduated from Ryerson with a master of fine arts in documentary media in 2009.

Edward Burtynsky received the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award for his documentary Watermark, which explores how industry affects the water supply. The award comes with a $100,000 cheque, a prize he splits with co-director Jennifer Baichwal. Burtynsky graduated from Ryerson with a bachelor of applied arts in photography in 1982.

Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg were awarded the Manulife Financial Best Student Film Award for their short film Noah, a unique digital romance that premiered at TIFF in 2013. Woodman says the $5000 award will go toward covering some of the costs of the duo’s upcoming projects. Woodman and Cederberg graduated after studying film at Ryerson in 2012.

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