Environmental Photojournalism

Environmental photojournalists explore the human impact on the natural world around us, alongside documenting the impact of flooding, earthquakes and other disasters.

Feature Photojournalism

Feature photojournalism draws upon the creativity of the photographer and is most commonly used to connect the audience with the story. When a significant event hits the headlines, the editor may decide to run a feature covering the background and history of said event.

Sports Photojournalism

Requiring lots of planning and skill, capturing the action of a sports game is the job of a photojournalist. It’s a tricky one to get right – with lighting fast gameplay to contend with, the best sports photojournalists will have their shots planned well before the starting whistle.

Influential Photojournalists

Below, we have featured some talented UK photojournalists who (in our opinion) are creating some of the best photojournalism we see in the media today.

History of Journalism

In days gone by, photojournalists would travel all over the world seeking out the stories of the unheard. The images captured by photojournalists were so powerful, they are said to have changed the course of history and were instrumental in influencing political campaigns.

War Photojournalism

The Crimean War in the 1850s is said to be the starting point for photojournalism as we understand it today. Roger Fenton was the first official war photographer. His photographs captured the devastating effects of war and broadcasted them to a worldwide audience.

Expanding photojournalism – Street Photography

In the nineteenth century, photojournalism started to diversify away from war and conflict. Photojournalists began to look closer to home for their storytelling inspiration. Jacob Riis for example, photographed immigrants living and working in the slums of New York, influencing social change, due to the dire living conditions captured in the image.

The golden age of photojournalism

Fast forward through to the 1960s, where camera technology started to push photojournalism further than ever before.

With the invention of the flash bulb and development of compact cameras, photojournalism became truly portable for the first time in history.

What is Citizen Photojournalism – is it the future of photojournalism?

The future of photojournalism has been described as uncertain, with image repositories stepping in to fill the gap of the ‘traditional’ photojournalist. There will always be a need for photographers to cover the most important events in our society.

The proliferation of budding ‘citizen journalists’ armed with smartphone cameras to capture events as and when they happen, is an important development in the photojournalism field.

The best camera equipment for photojournalism

The general advice is to buy the best equipment with the budget you have, alongside the best quality protective case to house all of that equipment safely when travelling.

Must have camera kit for photojournalists


Pack a fast, wide angle camera lens and a tele zoom lens to cover all eventualities. Take a look at the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 to get you started.

DSLR Camera

Look for a good all-rounder such as the Canon 7D or Nikon D700. Consider the conditions you will be shooting in most frequently and research the DSLR cameras that will cover all bases.

A Wireless Flash and Flash Modifier

It’s worth considering a wireless flash such as the Nikon SB-910. A flash modifier ‘bounces’ the light from the flash to provide a more flattering finish to the photo.

Extra Batteries

Keep your spare batteries fully charged and close by for any emergencies. Invest in a battery grip, which will allow you to further prolong battery life.

Memory Cards
Extra High Capacity Memory Cards

Ensure that you’ll never run out of space! Keep your spare memory cards safe from water, dust, knocks and bangs using a micro case.

A Tablet with Data Plan

Invest in a tablet (such as an iPad or android equivalent) to allow you to view your images in a larger format. A data plan means you can upload and file photos on the fly, too!

A Protective MEMORY CARD Case

The Peli range of protective memory card cases are covered by the Peli Lifetime Guarantee, are slender enough to fit easily into trouser pockets and will give you complete peace of mind that your work is as safe as it can be.

In-car Mobile WiFi Hotspot

In-car WiFi such as the Huawei E5573 will save you hunting around for a WiFi connection. Simply plug into the car’s cigarette lighter and work in the same way as you would over a WiFi connection.

Photojournalism tips – How to break into photojournalism

Whether you go down the traditional route of studying photojournalism at university, or alternatively try hustling your way to the top, our tips will help you explore your options and decide on the route to photojournalism that’s right for you.

Research photojournalists and explore various styles

Whilst it’s important to develop your own photojournalistic style, immerse yourself into the world of the photojournalist with the following websites:

Key Skills for any Photojournalist

There are a number of skills and qualities which are important for photojournalists:

  • Having a good eye for a story and the best way to capture it
  • Knowing how to develop the story behind the photo through concise captioning and emotive composition
  • A thirst for knowledge and an exceptional eye for detail
  • Self motivated with a willingness to learn new technology

These skills will make for a fantastic starting point in your photojournalism journey and are bound to see you through many years of a successful photojournalism career.