Photographer Uses Google+ To Reunite Drowned Camera With Its Owner

The camera you see here just spent a year at the bottom of Deep Bay but is now home thanks to the efforts of a nature photographer and the power of social networks. Here's how he did it.

Photographer Markus Thompson recently came across the Canon EOS 1000D during a dive off the coast of Vancouver. After extracting and cleaning the embedded SD card, he discovered that it was, surprisingly, still functional and also contained a number of holiday photos from August 2010 — more than a year before he found it. From there, Thompson set about returning the camera to its rightful owner.

To do so, he posted the following to his Google+ account and waited for a reply:

Approximately 50 pictures on the card from a family vacation. If you know a fire fighter from British Columbia whose team won the Pacific Regional Firefit competition, has a lovely wife and (now) 2 year old daughter — let me know. I would love to get them their vacation photos :)

After just a few days, a friend of the owner contacted Thompson and the images and defunct camera were returned. The internet — it's not just for stolen bikes anymore. [Markus Thompson via The Verge via PetaPixel]

Image: Markus Thompson


Comments

    That's awesome, same as my camera. Seems it's studier than I thought. Now I feel foolish for treating it like fragile vase on recent US trip. :D

      It was the SD card that survived, not the camera :P

    If this ever happens to me, I hope they check the EXIF data and get my name at least.

    Might be time to put my phone number in the EXIF.. Hmm

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