My name is Wadner Pierre, I am an award winning and trilingual freelance photojournalist. I was born in 1983 in a beautiful sourtern town in the Artibonite Department called, St. Marc. I stand in the footstep of the man whom I called my adoptive father, rev. Gerard Jean-Juste who spent his whole life fighting for social justice and equality in my native country, Haiti.
In July 2006, my career in photojournalism begun with a Kodak 4.0 pixel and writing short articles in English about the persistently political persecution against the people in Cite Soleil— known as one of the largest slums in the Northern Hemisphere. Those acts were frequently ignored in national and international media, and as a result encouraged me to work harder to expose the truth. I published articles in English and French in the local newspaper. My photojournalist work in the past several years has been published amongst the world’s professional photojournalists.
Throughout my career human rights and social justice have been the center of my work , they will continue to be the center of my work for as long as it may take. I have contributed hundreds of articles and thousands of pictures to change the socio-political and social justice in my country, Haiti. My work is featured in many national and international outlets media such as Inter Press Service-North America or IPS, Aljazeera English and Gambit of New Orleans. My photographs have also been featured in the book On that Day Everybody Ate by Margaret Trost.
Many people say that one’s profession often finds them, if this is true, I was not found by accident; my profession is a calling. My passion for journalism and photography was influenced by many people and events in my life; one of those many people that impacted my career was my adoptive father. He and I co-hosted a Saturday radio show for nearly 9 years to connect the Haitians who live abroad to those in Haiti.
I have no doubt that, today, being a photojournalist is the right profession for me. Over over 500 years ago, Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits said, ”Go forth and set the on fire.” For me, this means, use your knowledge to bring peace, justice into the world. My camera and my writings will be used to tell the truth and only the truth.
In the past four years, I went to Loyola University New Orleans to to pursue my dream, and this was why I chose the Loyola School of Mass Communications. There I studied mass communication/photojournalism with a minor in sociology.
During my undergraduate studies at Loyola University , I occupied many leadership positions at the student newspaper, The Maroon, and the Wolf magazine as photo editor, managing photo editor, multimedia editor and senior staff photographer. The Maroon ranks as one of the top student newspapers in the nation. Among my many accolades, in 2012 I received the 2013 Loyola School of Mass Communication Outstanding Photojournalist Award for being the most excellent photojournalist student at the school; I won the 2012 Society of professional Journalism Region 12 the first place for Feature Photography in the category small college.
My passion for photojournalism and social justice continues to be influenced by my professional and educational experiences. Photojournalist defines the man I am and the man I will be. I always believe a better world is possible with good journalistic works, and that is why me and other passionate photojournalists around the world long in the journey, looking for truth and using our camera and writings to change the world.