Sunday Daniels is not a trained photographer but his shot of a collapsed building in Port Harcourt in July 2005 has won him the Action Photography Prize.
On Tuesday, July 19, 2005, Sunday Etim Daniels as Rivers State chief correspondent of The Punch, had gone to the scene of a collapsed building in Port Harcourt to cover the event for his paper. While going round what was left of the building, he saw the legs of some people still trapped in the rubble. He quickly clicked away. His winning shot was one that no one could forget.
The photograph captured for the readers the helplessness of the survivors, conveying how slow and inefficient the country’s rescue operation can be.
Here were people still trapped in the building 24 hours after the house came down!
The photograph, in the opinion of the judges, contained elements of news, drama and emotion.
Sunday Daniels, born April 23, 1966, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts and a Masters in Mass Communication from the University of Uyo. He started his journalism career in 1988 with the Akwa Ibom Broadcasting (AKBC) as a news assistant.
After spending 12 years with the corporation, he moved to Punch in 2000 as senior correspondent and was promoted chief correspondent in 2004.