5th Annual Emerging Pro

First Place—Photo Journalism & Sports
Gabriel Romero
Gabriel Romero

What is your age?

Where are you based?
Los Angeles, California.

Where did you attend school?
I'm currently finishing my Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute. I graduate in April. This will be my second Bachelors degree. I first graduated college in 2001.

What equipment do you use?
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 16-35mm ƒ/2.8L II USM, EF 50mm ƒ/1.2L USM, EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM.

What's the most important lesson you've learned either from a teacher or mentor?
The greatest gift that a photojournalist has is time in the field.

What do you think it takes to be successful in today's challenging and competitive marketplace?
You have to be willing to take chances. You must be willing to do things and go places where others won't go. You must live it. This isn't a profession; it's a lifestyle.

About This Photograph:
As a photojournalist, I believe that the cause of photojournalism elevates the art of photography to a higher level. We have the opportunity to give voices to the voiceless and to create awareness where it's needed in the world. This image entitled "Flashpoint" was taken on March 25, 2011 in the village of Nabi Saleh on the western edge of the Palestinian West Bank. This village is a hot spot due to its proximity to the separation barrier with Israel. There are weekly clashes here between demonstrators and Israeli forces. This day was cold and rainy. My eyes were stinging, and I was half-blind due to tear gas and pepper spray while shooting the series of images that this shot came from. I was in the West Bank in March and April of 2011 reporting on clashes leading up to the UN statehood bid.


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