The World Press Photo exhibit, a celebration and showcase of the award-winning images from the prestigious annual competition, will make only two Canadian stops — in Ottawa and Montreal — this year.
The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa will host the travelling display beginning Thursday and through Aug. 26.
The international collection of photos will then move to Montreal, where it will be installed at the Just For Laughs headquarters from Sept. 4 to Oct. 4.
"The winning photographs play an important role in encapsulating issues and events of journalistic importance for that year," Mark O'Neill, director general of the Canadian War Museum, said in a statement.
"They also provide our visitors with a view to understanding how these international events can shape Canada's history and their own place in the world."
Veteran U.S. photographer Anthony Suau, who has travelled the world covering tragic conflicts and human crises, was the top 2009 winner. In February, he was bestowed the coveted photo of the year prize for his image of Cleveland police detective with his handgun drawn while searching a looted home after the owners had been evicted.
Organizers estimate that more than two million people will have attended the 2009 exhibit in more than 80 cities worldwide by the time the tour ends in early 2010.