Making the transition from photography student to professional photojournalist is not easy. A passion for photography, an ability to shoot strong images and plenty of original ideas are all essential for the job. However, developing a network of connections and receiving advice and photography mentorships from senior professionals are also vital in helping you get established.
Italian photographer Michele Spatari is someone who has successfully made the leap from photography graduate to pro. After completing his studies, he took part in the Canon Student Development Programme in 2018 and is now a freelance photographer whose main client is global news agency Agence France-Presse.
He is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he has covered major news events while also working on his own personal documentary projects. His images have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Time magazine, and he has worked for organisations including UNICEF and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He was also selected as a Canon Ambassador in 2020.