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Refugees Plant Roots in Austria’s Gardens

A Digital Video piece for BBC News. You can see the original BBC article HERE.


Austria is trying to integrate refugees and migrants after taking in over 90,000 last year – around 1% of its population.
In the small town of Mureck, on the southern border with Slovenia, a group has set up a communal garden to help the locals and new arrivals get to know each other, as Bethany Bell reports.

Correspondent: Bethany Bell
Shot and edited by Fabian Chaundy

Shot with:

  • Sony FS5 + Canon 24-105 f/4 + Metabones Speed Booster Ultra
  • Rokinon 16mm f2.

Covering the Refugee Crisis with BBC News – Part 2

Part 2 of a collection of reports for BBC News during the Refugee Crisis in 2015-2016 around the Austrian border.

Refugee Girl Playing with Local Girl at Westbahnhof Platform 1. Photo by Fabian Chaundy

As the months advanced and news of fences started spreading across Europe, the challenges surrounding the Refugee Crisis only increased in its inherent ethical gravitas. Below are some more reports on this story that took place in 2016.

Shot on Panasonic GH4 + Canon 24-105mm f/4

Austria brings in ‘plan B’ cap on migrants – 19th February 2016

Police use tear gas at Austria-Italy border protest – 7th May 2016

Covering the Refugee Crisis with BBC News – Part I

Migrants and Volunteers at Westbahnof Platform 1. Photo by Fabian Chaundy.
Migrants and Volunteers at Westbahnof Platform 1. Photo by Fabian Chaundy.

During the summer of 2015, I took my first assignments with BBC News in Austria. Operating from Vienna alongside BBC Correspondent Bethany Bell, we followed the story along the various borders as Europe braced itself for the largest refugee crisis since WWII.

Below you can find the links to the BBC News site, where you can find some of our reports.

It was quite a challenge to report on such a dynamic, developing story using a mirrorless camera. But the Panasonic GH4 and Canon 24-105 f/4 proved to be real champs when dealing with demanding situations. The biggest issue was shoulder-rigging the camera to make up for a malfunctioning lens image stabiliser, as well as mounting the necessary audio and light equipment.

Migrants’ relief as they cross Austrian border – 5th September 2015

Austria: Migrants stranded as Germany toughens controls – 14th September 2015 control

Migrant crisis: Crowd control at Austria border – 22nd September 2015

Migrants in Austria given clothes and shoes for journey – 23rd September 2015