Video: Croatian High School Grads Push Photog Into Fountain, Destroy $18K in Gear

Reason number 14,526 why you should insure your gear: because a rowdy bunch of over-excited Croatian high school grads might just push you into a freezing fountain and destroy it all.

This might seem like an unlikely scenario (which is why it’s so far down the list) but it actually happened earlier this month to one poor Croatian photojournalist, and the incident was caught on camera.

The story was sent to us by the editor of the Croatian photography blog Cahayabox, who actually sat down with photojournalist Marko Lukunić to discuss the incident.

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Apparently, it’s a tradition in Croatia that graduates celebrate the completion of their last year in school on the streets, and photojournalists are frequently sent in to cover these celebrations. In this particular case, however, the celebrants got a little too celebratory, and decided to push Mr. Lukunić into the Manduševac fountain, gear and all.

When he got out of the fountain, the kids had run off, leaving him with a Nikon D4, Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8, Nikon 17-35 f/2.8, Nikon 35-70 f/2.8 , 64GB iPad Retina and iPhone5s all waterlogged and ruined. By Cahayabox‘s estimation, that comes out to 100,000 Croatian kuna, or about $18K US.

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Fortunately for Lukunić, the two kids who pushed him have been caught, and them (or their parents, we suppose) will be held responsible for replacing/compensating him for his gear. Fortunately for the students, Lukunić, who says he hurt his leg in the fall, doesn’t want to seek any further compensation than that.

To find out more or hear from the photographer himself, head over to Cahayabox by clicking here (so-so Google Translation here).

  • Terondo

    The difference is the pressure. When submerging it into water the pressure from the water surrounding the device, will press its way into microscopic openings, but just having water rain over it will not do that.

    I’ve got all of my gear covered on my insurance.

  • renodave

    Go away. You know nothing about photojournalism and stop pretending that you do. That’s all I’m going to say. Your stupidity isn’t worth my time to argue with. Plus, you’re making me ill.

  • ShootnHooton

    Proof that exam passes mean nothing as far as intellect goes, the stupid will always remain stupid.

  • Jana

    Way to blame the victim! I’m sure he did learn a lesson, but the tone of your message was “That idiot photographer got what he deserved. He just wasn’t careful enough.”. “Be mindful of your surroundings”?! I’m guessing this isn’t a common occurrence.

  • Gabriele Profita

    That’s the difference between an amateur and a professional (or a photographer with a professional way of thinking and real knowledge of photography).
    Since the introduction of digital photography, people take pictures of every crap they see around, not caring about framing, composition and settings of the shot (who cares, they can always delete them and it’s for free), they just keep taking pictures, eventually one out of 1000 will be good or at least decent.
    Professional photographers don’t randomly take pictures, they KNOW what they want to capture (and imagine the shot before pressing the shutter button) and they do it the best way possible. If they can’t, they don’t shoot in the first place.

  • OtterMatt

    A laugh, perhaps. Destruction of someone else’s personal property? Hell no. Grow up.

  • Kyle

    Regardless they need to pay for damages

  • Ideas1234

    Reimbusing the photographer will the biggest lesson they will learn in their lives.

  • Monteraz

    I own a Nikon D3 and know well D4, and those cameras are by no means “rated by Nikon as water resistant” (check brochures, manual, website… whatever you want) so do not invent things mate. In any case what I meant is crystal clear.

  • Adam Sternberg

    You’re splitting hairs “mate”. They are “Weather Sealed”. There, happy now?

  • Monteraz

    Well, as a matter of fact maybe it was you who splitted hairs “Sir” :)

  • lizardo

    What?! It absolutely was.

  • sampudle

    why blame the photographer? are you guys stupid?

  • Sasha Ivantic

    If it hadn’t been these teenagers, it might have been the floods.

  • Lukas Prochazka

    that’s your opinion, I like photos that stand out because of they were shot near to subject and wide

  • Frodo

    so much for Nikon weather sealing.

  • Wengy Hong

    What an idiotic comment. It’s water resistant not water proof.

  • Louis

    Lighten up man, have a beer and relax. You are a very nervous guy.

  • Louis

    You are rude, man. He has the right to express his opinion, you have the right to disagree, but you should not act as a *** mean guy.

  • Louis

    Clearly you are not Croatian. Step aside.

  • whoopn

    I hope they spend a good portion of their young adult lives paying to replace that gear so they can learn to respect others. Admittedly I would’ve used a zoom and stayed further away from the water with rowdy teens around…

  • Gabriele Profita

    Wish you were in his shoes!

  • devtank

    Amazing that we STILL don’t have cameras that are water proof. Theres a process in circuit board building called “potting” which is pouring a resin rubber compound over boards to seal them against water. Camera circuits need to dissipate heat, but there is no reason why a heat dissipating compound for coating circuits hasn’t already been designed. I know a few years ago there was a minutes worth of hype about coating iPhones in a compound which made them function underwater without flaw for up to 30 minutes.

  • Ron

    This is called street photography, take your point and shoot and go back to shoot cute flowers… HIS mistake ROFL!

  • Ron

    He wasn’t even shooting with his 70-200mm you dumbass?

  • Ron

    And we can see here that you know a lot about photojournalism lol

  • Ron

    Anyone wondered why someone was statically filming this? Insurance scam? :-)

  • David Wei

    I think most of the stuff could be fixed, but IMHO, why would he accept “repaired” equipments when someone else pushed him in? The kids can have the waterlogged camera and they better replace them all.

  • Rafael Padovani

    I’m in high school and I’m telling you: a pretty big percentage of today’s highschoolers are this stupid.

  • VitoWino

    It’s his fault. Should have been more careful!