Photojournalist Loses $18k Worth Of Gear After Being Pushed Into Fountain

During a recent high school graduation celebration in Croatia, a photojournalist assigned to cover the event lost nearly $18,000 worth of camera equipment after the rowdy bunch of grads shoved the photographer into a water fountain. You can see the entire event take place in the video clip below:

The photographer, Marko Lukunić, says he injured his leg in the fall but is more concerned about the replacement of the Nikon D4, Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8, Nikon 35-70 f/2.8, Nikon 17-35 f/2.8, iPhone5S, and iPad that were destroyed in the incident.

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Two students pushing a photojournalist and his equipment into a water fountain.

Croatian students traditionally take to the streets to celebrate their graduations and it appears as though this celebration went a little too far (Via Petapixel). Lukunić says he is used to the students throwing flour and powder, or spraying water, but his equipment–or himself–have never been damaged.

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4 Comments

  1. Mike says:

    This is not even worthy of the publicity on a photo site.

  2. Lesley O'Neil says:

    Camera equipment is easily insured, under ‘floaters’ that are specifically purchased for them. With luck, he has coverage and the insurer will pay him and then subrogate against the kid who did this.

  3. Hatem Kotb says:

    This sucks, big time!

  4. Tom Markham says:

    At least it wasn’t salt water. Most of that can be repaired.

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