Australian born photojournalist Warren Richardson lives in Hungary and he won the grand prize on last year’s World Press Photo content with one of his pictures taken nead Roszke at the border between Serbia and Hungary. He is still working on the refugee crisis that is still a hot topic in the international media for four years now. He spent the last five month photographing in a refugee camp in Serbia, but on May 4 (a day much happier for others) his entire photo equipment was stolen. Altough loosing his camera, lenses and tablet is a great loss for him, but he misses most that roughly four thousand images that are the fruits of his hard work during the past few month. He turned to the people of the Internet to help him find his missing gear (or at least the photos).
I hope sharing it on my blog (both here the English and the Hungarian one) can help him to succeed. More than this I also want to remind you how important it is to watch out for your gear and take important precautions to keep it safe.
Obviously Richardson didn’t backup his photos for this long time because working on the field he didn’t enjoy the luxury of the secure IT background we all try to keep our works on. He tries to travel as light as possible so he doesn’t even carry a laptop, just a tablet and enough cards to hold his photos. Any extra harddrive or other gear would increase the load on his back and he would have to deal with it during work to keep it safe.
I see in his Facebook post he had (most of) the serial numbers of his gear what is especially important during tourism and travelling work. I can only hope he also had his contact details on all his cards and equipment as well as written into his pictures in camera. Doing so at least gives a chance for those getting your stuff into their hands to reach you either out of mere kindness or at least in hopes of some profit. Okay you may call it a bribe but it is even better this way than never getting your photos back. I’m sure he tried to locate the iPad with the Apple service and also sending a message to the thief as it is a quite obvious option to do. Of course all this needs the willingness and cooperation of the one having the gear now. Anyway you should take all your chances and most of them requires very small actions before you loose your things.
On the 4/5/2017 coming home on the train between Belgrade and Subutica Serbia i had my camera 5d mark 4, and 40mm lens, 135mm lens, ipad, and all the power leads stolen, but what makes it even worse is that they took my memory cards that had all my work on them leaving me with no pictures as well, if anyone knows about it please contact me as soon as possible.
This is the list of items stolen:
Canon 5D mark 4 code of camera: 033022002797
Canon 40mm f2.8 lens code of lens: 9021115600
Canon 135mm f2 lens code of lens: this code im still waiting for as it was someone else’s lens
Apple ipad air 64GB: IME 356966060892033
8 memory cards 32GB 16GB CF, and 6 32GB SD cards.