A meth addict has a needle in her neck, and Galit Rodan is there to snap a picture of it.
Rodan, a Toronto Star radio room intern, documented the life of a drug-addicted panhandler for a school assignment about social issues. She quickly found herself out on the street, in dark, smoky rooms, and in a hospital, all in the name of journalism.
Her photo of a woman, with wide eyes and clenched-tight lips as her partner jabs a needle in her neck, is part of the photo portfolio she sent to NPAC for award consideration.
Its intensity is part of why it is Rodan’s favourite.
“That was the most intense journalistic thing I’ve covered. It was very far removed from my world and experiences,” she said. “I was proud of having gotten that access.”
The award winners were announced at a gala in Winnipeg on May 28.
Rodan was unable to attend and only found out she won the certificate and $1,000 prize after a friend sent her a message on Facebook that night.
“I didn’t think I was going to win,” she said. “I was really excited, but I was just alone in my room on my bed.”
She credits the win with giving her even more credibility as a young photojournalist, even though she takes no photos at the Star.
“It’s hard to keep people interested (in your work) when it’s not even the main thing you’re doing,” she said. “(The win is) a nice boost.”
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