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Small Business Photographers ‘Capture Courage’

September 8, 2016

At Hiscox, we believe that anything worth having comes with at least some risk, which is why courage is so important. This summer we challenged our photography clients to show us, through their lens, what courage means to them. We’re pleased to introduce our winners! Check out their winning photographs below.

1st Place: Eric Johnson of Love Pic Love Photography | Nikon D700 and a Nikon 70-200 VR lens


“This image was shot at the funeral of a fallen soldier. His family asked to have the service documented. It shows the parents of the soldier looking over the casket for the last time. I think it’s one of the most powerful images I’ve ever captured.” – Erick Johnson

2nd Place: Ryan Struck of Ryan Struck Photography  | Camera: Canon 5D MK III


“I photographed this raging waterfall on a dream trip to Iceland this past winter. I waited for the sun in the afternoon to cast a warm glow on the falls, and a rainbow formed. This was a special trip to me as I went to see the Northern Lights, I saw them every night except one. Iceland is truly magical.” – Ryan Struck

3rd Place: Jessica Vilchez of Jessica Vilchez Photography | Camera: Canon 5D Mark 3 and a 50mm lens


“This picture is very special to me. The woman in the picture is my best friend. She found out in April of this year that she had stage 4 invasive breast cancer. The time eventually came when her hair started to fall off. She made the decision to permanently remove it and have me document it.

As weeks went on, it spread other hip and she also had some suspicious activity behind her right rib. I say all this because as of Monday, August 29, she has absolutely no sign of cancer at all in her body! This is a miracle that just yells out faith and courage!” – Jessica Vilchez

Please join us in congratulating our winners! Also, be sure to check out the rest of the photos submitted for the contest using the hashtag #capturecourage on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We are very proud of the work of our photographer clients  and we understand the unique risks photographers face every day.

This year’s winners shared their own on the job experiences with us, like the time Erick Johnson’s camera and flash were knocked down at a wedding. “For any photographer shooting full time, or just starting out, insurance is a must. A photographer invests thousands of dollars in equipment, and travels all over for assignment,” said Johnson. “Anything can happen, at any time. I’ve had Hiscox for several years now, and have filed a claim once. Hiscox helped resolve the issue quickly, and I was back up and running in no time. The investment for photographer’s insurance is minimal, to cover the gear that you have to have. Most bigger venues also require a liability policy for every vendor. If you don’t have it, you don’t get the job. “

Ryan Struck recalls a music video shoot with A-list celebrities. “Insurance for business owners, especially photographers is incredibly important. I did file a claim once before. I was home in New York, shooting the still photos on a music video production. My backup camera, and a few other items turned up missing. I was heartbroken, but Hiscox had be covered and I was up and running in no time.”

Congratulations to these photographers for their courageous pieces of work!