PHOTOJOURNALIST

On the Palisadoes Strip, Kingston. Photo by Tara Carnegie

My photographic journey started as a Geography undergraduate at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica when I joined the UWI Camera Club.  After working in the financial industry for several years, I left to pursue a career as a freelance photojournalist and writer. The jobs that I have held since then include: photographer/reporter at The Gleaner newspaper (Kingston, Jamaica), photography editor at The Gleaner, freelance photographer for Reuters News and  freelance photographer for Demotix/Corbis. I provided the images for My Life in Jamaica (Coster, 2015) and have written book chapters in: Jamaica: Absolutely (2010); Moods of Jamaica (2004); and A Tapestry of Jamaica: The Best of SkyWritings (2003). I have also written numerous travel and lifestyle articles for SkyWritings – Air Jamaica’s Inflight Magazine, and UNFOLD Magazine – The Soul of the Caribbean. My photographs have been published in Insight Guide: Jamaica; Guide to the Blue and John Crow Mountains and The Australian Financial Review Magazine. In 2002 I was a participant in the Liquid Light photography exchange between Jamaica and the East Midlands of England.

I have participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally. The latter include the In Family Unity – Unity of the World International Travelling Exhibition of Sculpture and Photograph in Russia, the Liquid Light Photography Exhibition in the United Kingdom and the 2001 Commonwealth Photography Awards exhibition. In Jamaica I have exhibited in the Edna Manley College Faculty Show, the Mutual Gallery Under-40 Artist of the Year Competition and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) National Photography Exhibition. My awards  include a Highly Commended award in the Commonwealth Photographic Awards, five awards in the 2003 Kodak Professional Caribbean Calendar Contest, and several medals in the JCDC National Photography Competition. I have been a member of the judging panel of: the Adaptation Fund’s Photography Contest (Washington D.C.), the Press Association of Jamaica’s National Journalism Awards, and the Scotiabank Photography Competition.