Sunday, May 12, 2013

World Press Photo 2012 (3 of 4)


Daniel Rodrigues, Portugal
1st Prize Daily Single Life
 
Youths play football on a field that was once part of a military barracks on the village of Dulombi, Galomaro, Guinea-Bissau. Before Guinea-Bissau gained its independence in 1974, the barracks housed members of the Portuguese military. Football is the most popular amateur sport in the world, and some of Africa's stars began their careers in just such informal settings.

I just had to take a shot at this photograph. Daniel was an unemployed photographer who had to sell all his equipement in order to survive. 17,7% of the Portuguese must have similar stories nowadays as the unemployment rate was never as high in the history of this country. After winning this prize, Canon decided to sponsor him and Daniel is now working again.

20 comments:

Arija said...

Incredibly talented photographer. It reminds me of playing in bomb craters and shelled out tanks and army vehicles as a refugee child in Germany after WWII. Sombre yet joyful at the same time.
I an so glad that Daniel has now gained employment that I hope will foster his talent even more.

ladyfi said...

Wow - this is a great shot. So glad to hear Daniel's story had a happy ending.

Sharon said...

A story with a happy ending. I'm glad Canon stepped up. This exhibit must have been very moving.

JM, I went to the "Out of Africa" web site to see if they listed where in Africa the giraffe was from and it didn't. It just lists many countries where giraffes live but it doesn't identify which sub-species this guy is.

Lowell said...

What a superb photo and what a story! It's so sad what is happening in Portugal and other countries. And it seems nobody wants to do the right thing!

TexWisGirl said...

what a great shot.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

A story within a story, how delightful. I am so glad you are showing these images, I can't see how I would get to see them any other way. Again, thank you

VP said...

An awesome image! Absolutely great!

Sylvia K said...

A talented man indeed and, I too, am glad that this story has a happy ending and I do wish him well. Somehow kids always manage to find the joy! Maybe there's a lesson there for all of us. Have a good week, JM!

Kovács Miklós said...

Great shot I very liked dust cloud in the backlight. I'm gald why his story had happy ending. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Kay said...

The photo tells such a story. I'm glad Canon took notice of Daniel's work. I'm glad at least his personal story has improved. Does your government even act as if it cares about unemployment?

JM said...

@Kay: They 'forget' to mention the word everytime they announce new austerity measures that, inevitably, lead to more company bankrupcies and the consequent loss of more jobs.

LONDONLULU said...

What a beautiful photo and at least a happy ending for Daniel. I continue to be dismayed at the austerity measures in many places (sadly, a lot of the data from the Harvard paper that helped support austerity has been found to be completely suspect, it is a hot topic among economists)

Randy said...

That is a wonderful shot. Thank you for sharing.

Petrea Burchard said...

Great shot, great story. Makes me glad I shoot with a Canon.

Joan Elizabeth said...

What a lovely photo and great story to go with.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh what a buzz it must be to capture a shot like this one JM.. Wonderful image.

ñOCO Le bOLO said...


Es una de esas fotos que se merecen pasdar a la historia de la fotografía.
Las fotos del post anterior estarán en la historia, por razones muy dolorosas. Un mundo injusto nos da excelente fotos... pero hay que cambiar al mundo.

· un abrazo

· LMA · & · CR ·


Laura. M said...

Que poco necesitan algunos para ser felices!!
Un beso.

Babzy said...

great pic , happy to hear he can work now :)

Dina said...

Things turned out good here. I'm glad.