Photoguard, the online camera insurance provider, have today revealed their favourite five weird and wonderful claims received in the last year.
The shortlist, which Photoguard plans to release on an annual basis, provides a light-hearted look at the outlandish and often surreal ways in which camera equipment has been smashed, soaked and stolen over the past year.
Among the bizarre claims to reach the final five is a man who decided to test the durability of his camera out at a break-dancing competition, and an individual who sacrificed thousands of pounds of camera equipment for the sake of a bag of groceries. The list also contains a cautionary tale of a couple who fell victim to a well-known scam in South America.
Top five camera calamities:
Putting the break into break-dancing
A photographer was taking some photos of a display of break-dancing at a night club and to make the most of the super disco breaking moved in for a close-up. Unfortunately he got a bit too close and, whilst doing a spin, one of the dancers hit his lens 20 feet through the air across the busy club with the crowd forced to take evasive action.
Groceries 1 Camera 0
A houseboat resident returned home with bags containing his shopping and camera equipment. Boarding the boat with both bags was proving tricky and the groceries began to slip from his grasp. His quick reactions saved dinner but managed to condemn several thousand pounds of photographic equipment to a watery grave…
Following the theft of her camera equipment a customer was asked to provide evidence of ownership of her stolen property. Unfortunately, as the equipment was some years old she was unable to find any receipts or paperwork to demonstrate ownership. However, the customer did manage to find a photograph of all her equipment. The photograph provided clearly showed a very professional set up including video camera and television monitor set up clearly focused on a large double bed. What the equipment was used for remains a mystery…
Quick. Follow that car
A customer was in South America and took a taxi ride with the driver helping put a large amount of luggage in the boot of the car. On arriving at his destination the customer climbed out of the taxi and saw the car quickly disappear into the distance along with his luggage and camera equipment, never to be seen again.
Laptop meets with a watery end
A father decided to hook up his webcam in the bathroom to show his wife the kids playing in the bath while she was away. His precarious set-up involved balancing his laptop on top of the sink in order to position the webcam. One of the more predictable claims on the list, the result was a very watery laptop and a blank screen for the wife.
Commenting on the shortlist, Sarah Gow, managing director of Photoguard, said: “The variety of claims that we receive each year never ceases to amaze and occasionally amuse. The vast majority of claims we receive each year have a happy ending, but there are thousands of stories where it’s much harder to see the funny side. With 47% of photographers failing to take out specialist cover, our top five highlights why you should put your mind at rest and keep a smile on your face in the event of silly slips or massive mishaps.”
Photoguard offers instant, online quotes for amateur and professional photographers looking to get specialist cover for camera equipment up to £50,000 with individuals to choose from a range of additional options, including third-party liability and cover abroad.
To learn more visit the Photoguard website.