1. Environmental Catastrophes
One of the most pressing issues facing the world today is climate change, and documenting its effects is essential to inspire action. Photojournalists can cover everything from droughts and wildfires to melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. The impact of these disasters on people’s lives can be particularly compelling. In 2020, the Australian bushfires saw many photojournalists capturing images that illustrated how the crisis was affecting communities, wildlife, and landscapes.
Another environment-related story that was recently documented through photojournalism was illegal logging in Romania. Photographer Florian Ledoux captured stunning aerial shots of deforested areas and their devastating impact on wildlife habitats.
2. Social Issues
Photojournalism can also bring attention to social issues that need more visibility. Stories could focus on anything from poverty, homelessness, or inequality to human rights violations, refugee crises or political protests. One example of this type of photojournalism is Stephen Shames’ work in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in the 1970s. His photos depicted the struggles faced by residents living below the poverty line.
In recent years, photojournalists have also captured protests worldwide that reflect a global movement for social justice and equality such as Women’s March or Black Lives Matter Movement.
3. Lifestyle Features
Photojournalism isn’t always about highlighting negative aspects of society; sometimes it can provide glimpses into unique lifestyles or cultural traditions around the world. A good example of this would be Rachel Bujalski’s featured article about “The Salt People Of Maras,” which focused on people who have been extracting salt from Maras salt flats since pre-Columbian eras.
A specific type of lifestyle feature that has gained popularity recently is ‘Tiny Homes’. Photojournalists have been covering the growing movement of people who have decided to downsize their homes and embrace minimalist living, often exploring the rationale behind it or how it has positively impacted their lifestyles.
4. Health & Lifestyle
With the rise of social media platforms like Instagram, there has been a proliferation in content around health and wellness. Many photojournalists focus on this area, documenting stories about diet trends and living options such as veganism or how yoga or meditation can be helpful for mental health.
Photojournalism can also bring attention to healthcare disparities worldwide, focusing on issues such as the lack of access to medical care in some areas or global health crises. An example of this would be photographers’ work during pandemics, illustrating how people around their cities are affected by COVID-19.
Photojournalists can cover sports events for news organizations, providing a visual narrative that captures the excitement and passion behind athletic competition. It’s common for sports photographers to snap photos of winning moments, which are then memorialized in newspapers or online media.
Sports photography can also be used to illustrate cultural differences when it comes to athletics around the world – from the street basketball games played in big cities across America to extreme sports such as surfing and skateboarding in Australia’s Gold Coast.
There are many different avenues open to photojournalists looking for compelling stories. From environmental disasters and social issues to lifestyle features and healthcare disparities – each with its unique challenges – there’s no limit on what a skilled photographer with an eye for storytelling can capture.