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AP – It finally feels real – Finalmente se siente real.

A man waving a gay pride flag is reflected in the pavement as he protests outside the Supreme Court in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday July 30, 2010. Members of a Gay, Lesbian, Transsexual and Bisexual organization gathered to pressure for a resolution on an appeal against a referendum expected to take place in November that will decide if civil unions will be allowed in Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)

Last April I “closed the deal” with The Associated Press as their new stringer photographer in Costa Rica. They had closed the staff position in Costa Rica a couple of months before and were looking for somebody that could work for them as freelance, knowing that, because they did not offer a stable position, they could not demand full time availability. After many interviews conducted by the editor for Mexico and Central America, I was very honored to know that they wanted me for the job, even though I travel so much.

And is exactly because of my traveling, that is not till now, the month of August, that it finally felt like I work for them. I had a few assignments, made many mistakes and learn lots in the process. I decided to show you here the pictures that I had publish in their service.

But the most exciting thing is that today, Set 1st, I leave for my first photo story assignment! I hope to show you a very beautiful story next week…

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En Abril pasado “cerré el trato” con The Associated Press como su nueva fotógrafa colaboradora. Ellas había cerrado la posición de personal fija en Costa Rica hacía unos meses y estaban buscando por alguien que quisiera trabajar como independiente, sabiendo que, como no ofrecían una posición estable, no podían exigir disponibilidad de tiempo completo. Después de muchas entrevistas realizadas por el editor para México y Centro América, me dio mucho orgullo saber que me querían para el puesto, aunque yo viajo tanto.

Y es exactamente por esa viajadera, que nos es hasta ahora, el mes de Agosto, que finalmente se sintió como que trabajo para ellos. Tuve algunas asignaciones, cometí muchos errores y aprendí muchísimo en el proceso. Decidí mostrarles aquí lo que me publicaron en su servicio.

Pero la parte más emocionante es que hoy, 1ro de Set, salgo de gira en mi primera asignación para hacer una historia fotográfica! Espero poder mostrarles una muy buena historia la próxima semana…

Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla, right, shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi as they pose for pictures during a meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday Aug. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday Aug. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Mónica Quesada)
A local resident, right, has his vision checked by an unidentified U.S. Army serviceman belonging to the USS Iwo Jima ship in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The ship arrived at the Costa Rica's Caribbean port a day earlier and will be on a humanitarian mission providing medical attention to the local population until Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
The USS Iwo Jima under the mission Continuing Promise 2010 is docked at Port Limon, in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The ship arrived at the Costa Rica's Caribbean port a day earlier and will be on a humanitarian mission providing medical attention to the local population until Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Chris Richie, officer in charge of the US Marine forces on board the USS Iwo Jima, answers questions to the press concerning cooperation between the Marines and the Costa Rica police in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The ship arrived at the Costa Rica's Caribbean port a day earlier and will be on a humanitarian mission providing medical attention to the local population until Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
A man receives eye care by US Army and Navy servicemen of the USS Iwo Jima ship in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The ship arrived at the Costa Rica's Caribbean port a day earlier and will be on a humanitarian mission providing medical attention to the local population until Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
Us Marines stand on the edge of the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima ship in Limon, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The ship arrived at the Costa Rica's Caribbean port a day earlier and will be on a humanitarian mission providing medical attention to the local population until Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
Servicemen stand on the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The ship arrived at the Costa Rica's Caribbean port a day earlier and will be on a humanitarian mission providing medical attention to the local population until Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
US Navy Captain Tom Negus, right, commander of the USS Iwo Jima ship, talks to Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica's drug czar and Vice-Minister of Security in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The ship arrived at the Costa Rica's Caribbean port a day earlier and will be on a humanitarian mission providing medical attention to the local population until Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
A woman receives medical attention by US Navy and Marine servicemen belonging to the USS Iwo Jima ship, in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The ship arrived at Costa Rica's Caribbean port a day earlier and will be on a humanitarian mission providing medical attention to the local population until Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
Argentine Ricardo La Volpe, center, enters the GOAL project, a sports complex under construction for the national soccer team, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Monday Aug. 23, 2010. La Volpe is in Costa Rica to finalize negotiations to become the next coach of Costa Rica's national soccer team. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
Argentine Ricardo La Volpe, right, and Eduardo Li, president of the Costa Rican Soccer Federation, tour a GOAL project, a sports complex under construction for the national soccer team, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Monday Aug. 23, 2010. La Volpe is in Costa Rica to finalize negotiations to become the next coach of Costa Rica's national soccer team. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla, right, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American states, OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, look on during a joint press conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, Monday, Aug. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)

Secretary General of the Organization of American states, OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, speaks during a press conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, Monday, Aug. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)

Las siguientes fotos no fueron publicadas porque ese mismo día ocurrió una emergencia en México y nadie pudo editarme… pero de haberlo hecho, me hubiera gustado ver estas fotos en el servicio.   ///   The pictures that follow were not published because that same day an emergency happened in Mexico, and then nobody had time to edit them… but if they had, I would have liked to see this ones on their service site.

Rodolfo Montiel during an interview with The Associated Press about the Ecologists Farmers of Guerrero case at Interamerican Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera have accused the Mexican government of their capture and torture by the Mexican Army, in 1999 until 2001. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)
Rodolfo Montiel outside the Interamerican Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera have accused the Mexican government of their capture and torture by the Mexican Army, in 1999 until 2001. (AP Photo/Monica Quesada)

3 Responses

  1. Brano says:

    hm… interesting job you have!

    funny… your national soccer team is to have a national stadium? …our team at the best time of our national football glory has just been told by our prime minister the national stadium project has been canceled due to lack of gov. money 🙂

    b.

  2. priscilla says:

    buen fotoperiodismo Mónica, felicidades 😉

  3. José López says:

    Excelente, Mó sigue adelante. Estare muy pendiente, de tu primera asignación.

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