Photojournalist sells cameras to pay bills, wins contest and starts fresh.

Photojournalism is a tough business these days with more and more publications and agencies eliminating staff and depending solely on freelancers.  In the case of Daniel Rodrigues, a photojournalist based in Portugal, reality caught up with him.  This is his story of misfortune and good luck.

“I sold my cameras to live. Global Imagens had cut back its freelancer staff, so I became unemployed. With less and less work and growing bills to pay, I was forced to sell my photo equipment. It was a last resort and the most difficult decision of my 26 years. I live with my grandmother; she is 68. I used the money to make car payments, pay rent and pay for water, electricity and food,” 

A photographer without a camera is a sad thing, but like so many, Daniel had to make the tough choices in his life.  Then bad luck turned to good fortune.   Daniel won First Prize in the World Press Photo competition with his photo of kids playing soccer in a dusty field in Africa.  Following this win, Canon Portugal and a Portuguese bank helped Rodrigues out and he now has a new Canon 5D Mark II, 3 new lenses and a photo backpack.  Currently he is working on a project for the government and hope to return to Guinea-Bissau, Africa where he shot his winning photo, to thank the kids.

Rodrigues, tells his story to the New York Times’ Lens blog. You can read more and see his award winning photo here.

Congratulations Daniel, and may your vision and passion guide you always, bringing success and good fortune.
~ Lighweaver.  
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