Dave Chidley

When David Chidley took this photo of Szymon Cajmer, the 11-year-old was suffering from a very rare disease called Hunter syndrome. At the time, the only effective treatment was not freely available in Ontario, although it was funded in B.C. and Alberta, as well as in many other countries.
David’s photo and the accompanying story, which ran in The Globe and Mail, highlighted the fact that without the treatment, which cost $400,000 a year, Szymon’s condition would quickly deteriorate. The story changed policy and Szymon received the life-saving drugs. Four years on, he is alive and doing well. 

Dave Chidley has been shooting professionally for over thirty years, having worked at newspapers in Toronto, Calgary and London.  He is now a freelancer primarily for The Canadian Press but also for a wide range of editorial and commercial clients.  Teaching, photography workshops and travel guiding has become a large part of Dave’s working world.  He teaches at both Conestoga and Lambton colleges.  Dave is the winner of two National Newspaper Awards (Canada’s top journalism award) and four-time winner of the Eastern or Western Canadian News Photographer of the Year awards.