Father and Daughter
That is the title of this entry [one of several] [on-line category] to the last UAAP Photo Contest, concluded last March. What eventually happened was a case where an athlete's misfortune turned into cash, for me, a photographer. The said entry won Third Place.
The JPEG shows Raoul Recto carrying his daughter, Robbie, away from the diamond after she took a bad fall during the UE-La Salle UAAP softball match at U.P. Diliman, early 2011. This supportive young dad watches all of Robbie's games. [I'm glad to have met him along the way]. Those were painfully excrutiating moments for Robbie, and anxious ones for Raoul. Father and team mates promptly attended to the injury while I tried to get photos of Robbie, in pain - even took a few of her injured ankle. But before that, I ASKED Raoul FIRST, if it was OK to do so. He said yes. A week or so later, I E-mailed Raoul ALL the pics I took of that incident. [Fortunately, Robbie's injury was managed].
It is never my intention to take undue advantage of other people's misfortunes per se. Yes, the unexpected happens in sports. I photojournalise it - before, during, and after matches, on and of the courts, fields, and dug outs - whenever, wherever. I'm certainly NOT perfect, and have made bad judgements - but I always try to exercise tact and discretion, among other things, when I shoot.
A friend of mine quipped, the DAY AFTER I encashed the check I won. "Pre, Sana binigyan mo ng BALATO si Mr. Recto o si Robbie, maski papaano. Ano ba'ng ginawa mo sa prize money ??"
I answered "Galing sa bangko, dumiretso ako sa Park Square at bumili ako ng isang Nike Dri-Fit,
isang Adidas Clima-Cool, yoong "Call of Duty - Black Ops", kasi nawala ko ang kopya ko, at yoong "Mortal Combat" para sa PS ko. Tamamg-tama, kakarelease lang kahapon."