Olympic Series: Makyn Olympic moments


Guest: Ricardo Makyn
Chief Photo Editor at The Jamaica Gleaner

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Ricardo Makyn is photo-journalist with more than two decades of experience and is currently the chief photo editor at The Gleaner where he has been a part of the photography team for more than 15 years. Ricardo has covered several major sports championships including the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Along with 10 Press Association of Jamaica awards for photography, he is also the joint winner of the Inter America Press Association (IAPA) award in 2007 for news coverage.

In this episode, Ricardo discusses Olympic moments through his lens. He speaks about how he developed his interest in photography after working a summer job at a photo studio and studying and being trained in photography via mail when he started in the late 1990s.

Ricardo shares:

  1. How his career starting at the Sunday Herald helped to develop his storytelling skills as a photographer.
  2. The type of preparation that goes into covering major championships as a photographer
  3. Bonds formed with photographers he has met at the major sporting championships he has covered
  4. Advantages of being a Jamaica photographer at major sporting events

Ricardo also speaks about his day to day experience of covering major sporting championships as a photo-journalist for The Gleaner. He shares his favourite moments covering the Jamaican team at two Summer Olympic Games including the 1,2,3 in the 200m at the London 2012 Olympics and Elaine Thompson-Herah’s triumph in the 100m at Rio 2016.

Other topics discussed are:

  1. The aura and presence of the legendary Usain Bolt at major sporting championships and his impact on sports
  2. Being viewed as an ambassador for Jamaica when covering major sporting championships.
  3. Advice for young journalists and covering the Boys and Girls Championships build their skills as a photo-journalist.
  4. His work being included in the keepsake book, “Usain Bolt Legend”, which was done by The Gleaner to chronicle Bolt’s historical journey in sprinting
  5. The future of Jamaican athletics
  6. The evolution and future of photo-journalism locally

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