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Mar 20, 2012
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The hard jobs

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By Denis Balibouse

If I had my dream life as a photographer, it would be a mix of working like Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and Hirochi Sugimoto, contemplating nature and shooting landscapes in black and white. However, I am a photojournalist, and I cover news: mostly sport, politics and finance, but sometimes heart-breaking events.

Last week in Sierre, western Switzerland, a bus carrying 52 people crashed in a tunnel, killing 6 adults and 22 children.

Mar 14, 2012

Swiss bus crash kills 28 Belgians, most children

SIERRE, Switzerland (Reuters) – A bus carrying Belgian children home from a school ski trip crashed into the wall of a tunnel in the Valais region of Switzerland, killing 28 people, 22 of them children, police said on Wednesday.

The bus, transporting 52 people, mostly school children aged about 12 from Lommel and Heverlee in Flanders, crashed late on Tuesday evening in the canton of Valais, which borders Italy, police told an early-morning news conference.

Jan 20, 2012
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Serendipity in the French Alps

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By Denis Balibouse

serendipity
noun; the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: a fortunate stroke of serendipity

Going back to a previously covered event is a challenge in creativity in order not to produce the same pictures over and over again. I wondered how to achieve this before traveling to the Haute Maurienne Valley in the West of France to cover the last five stages of La Grande Odyssee sled dog race in the same location as last year.

Oct 19, 2011

Platini quizzed by Swiss court officials

RENANS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Michel Platini was quizzed by Swiss court officials Wednesday over why UEFA has not yet implemented a ruling ordering Sion’s reinstatement to the Europa League.

Platini, the president of European football’s governing body, spent around two hours at the prosecutor’s office in the canton of Vaud. He was followed by general secretary Gianni Infantino.

Oct 19, 2011

Soccer-Platini quizzed by Swiss court officials

RENANS, Switzerland, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Michel Platini was
quizzed by Swiss court officials on Wednesday over why UEFA has
not yet implemented a ruling ordering Sion’s reinstatement to
the Europa League.

Platini, the president of European football’s governing
body, spent around two hours at the prosecutor’s office in the
canton of Vaud. He was followed by general secretary Gianni
Infantino.

Sep 14, 2011
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I believe I can fly

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By Denis Balibouse

Everybody dreams of flying. Some have even burnt their wings trying to do it. So far, I’ve enjoyed it.

Thanks to my work as a photographer I’ve been lucky enough to experience flight in many different aircraft. I’ve flown in helicopters, paragliders and ultralight planes. I even did jobs for a well-known soft-drink company that proudly asserts that one of its products ‘gives you wings’.

Jul 29, 2011
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Tour de France 2011 – A long way to Paris

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This year’s riders of the Tour de France covered 3430.5 km (2131.6 miles), divided into 21 stages, according to the Tour’s official website.

What you may not know is that the Reuters pictures team covering 2011’s most-watched sporting event managed to tally up some 10,000 km (6213 miles).

Jan 21, 2011
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Call of the Wild

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Growing up in the Northern Hemisphere, I read the books and saw the film adaptations of books by American writer Jack London. Books such as “The Call of the Wild” and “White Fang”. Since then I have been fascinated by the North American wilderness, wolves and sled dogs, so when I was offered the chance to follow the ‘Grande Odyssée’ dogsled race, I was overjoyed. I chose to cover the last five stages of the race, which took place in the Haute Maurienne Valley, a remote area close to the Vanoise National Park on the French-Italian border.

Covering more than 1,000km (621 miles) over 11 days, the race mostly crosses the Alps in France but features incursions into Switzerland. Unlike similar events in Canada, the United States or Scandinavia, La Grande Odyssée crosses over the mountains, meaning that the mushers and their dogs climb over 25,000m (82,000 feet) in total – almost three times the climb from sea level to Mt Everest’s summit.

Jul 17, 2010

Polanski attends wife’s concert in Switzerland

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Film director Roman Polanski, freed earlier this week from house arrest in Switzerland, attended a Saturday night concert given by his wife at the Montreux jazz festival.

The 76-year-old Polanski arrived with festival founder Claude Nobs for the performance by French actress and singer Emmanuelle Seigner on the closing night of the annual event on Lake Geneva, according to a Reuters witness.

Jul 17, 2010

Polanski arrives for wife’s concert in Switzerland

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Film director Roman Polanski, freed earlier this week from house arrest in Switzerland, arrived for a Saturday night concert given by his wife at the Montreux jazz festival.

The 76-year-old Polanski arrived with festival founder Claude Nobs for the performance by French actress and singer Emmanuelle Seigner on the closing night of the annual event on Lake Geneva, according to a Reuters witness.

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      "Born in 1972 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Started photography with a local agency and newspapers in 1988. Professional since 1991. Currently lives in Lausanne and freelanced for Reuters for more than 10 years before becoming staff in 2007."
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