- It's dangerous — Professional photojournalists are sent to the front lines of wars, disputes, and tragedy-stricken areas, putting themselves in danger so the rest of us can see the events taking place around the world.
- It's on-call — If a breaking news story hits, most photojournalists have little time to prepare, pack, and leave home. Imagine the last time you narrowly missed a flight, then amp it up to 11.
Learn about some other stress factors photojournalists face when you read more.
- It's time away from your family — Extended and last-minute news assignments means that some photojournalists are away from their families and friends, and miss a lot of important events in their personal lives. If there is time, they're lucky to have an Internet connection and Skype to check in.
- It's expensive — Have you seen how expensive camera equipment is? Sure, a contract will help a photojournalist stay funded, but if they're working on spec or invoice to invoice, finances could get a little dicey.
- It doesn't pay well — The average photojournalist makes about $43,000 per year, which isn't that much when you consider the above risks and sacrifices.