I shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral, and I wasn't paid a dime ...


My name is Michael Sechler, and I’m a photography enthusiast based in Sarasota, Florida. I recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world… and I wasn’t paid a dime. Here’s why.

Firstly, I’d like to say that although I am not a professional photographer, I am definitely an enthusiast and somewhat familiar with things like usage rights.

A few days ago, a few friends and I were doing some last minute preparations for Hurricane Irma. While we were out, we noticed some objects out in the bay where the water had receded. We took our shoes off and walked through the muddy marsh, shells, and rain to find out that they were two manatees. They had been stranded on land by the storm.

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