For the main assignment, I am required to produce a documentary feature suitable for publication in a magazine, newspaper or website.
This feature must be a documentary feature that is suitable for an existing editorial publication.
To get the best documentary images it’s crucial for a photojournalist to negotiate his/her way into somewhere, therefore this is the pathway I will take for this assignment.
After successfully capturing images behind the scenes of pub life for my Hidden Assignment, I have decided to take inspiration from this task for the main assignment.
I have managed to negotiate my way into Scarborough’s sea life sanctuary, where I aspire to put together a documentary on ‘seal rescue’ and how the workers take care of them. This will include some behind the scene images of the animal care team workers preparing food for the seals, checking water temperatures and taking care of the seal’s health.
The set of images will be tailored towards the National Geographic publication, as I believe photographs on animal rescues should be informed worldwide. The National Geographic covers every corner of the world packed full of insightful and thought provoking photography and infographics, including proficiently written articles and features on wildlife, culture, geography, history and current events.
It’s important to have an idea of what to document before the big day arrives. Below are a set of images photographers have covered based on animal rescues that will give me an idea of how to approach the assignment.
Peter Dejong is a photojournalist who has worked for the Associated Press for the last 25 years, based in Amsterdam and a member of the Supervisory Board World Press Photo Foundation (2001-2009)
Peter’s work is diverse, he has covered images in Moscow focusing on shelter for homeless children, India on the Muslim and Hindu riots, Sevastopol Russia 1992 Black Sea Fleet, Macedonia’s refuges crisis and many more.
However, Peter has also captured photographs on baby seals that were rescued from European Storms published in the National Geographic. The images show feedings and nursing for the pups.
Eddie has photographed a variety of events that also include weddings and your standard portraits.
Eddie has photographed some images of animal rescue, the images below show a three photographs of a dog that was rescued from a badger set
Here are a set of photographs that I also aspire to for my assignment, the photographers for these pictures are anonymous.