In the winter of 2005/2006 I was heading up the eastcoast of Australia, with a backpack full of clothes, toiletries and 2 cameras. One digital and a manual SLR I used to shoot pictures everywhere I went so I would forever remember that once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world.

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One morning I realised that I was missing my digital camera, with it all photos I had taken in Australia up to that point. Sad but true, I spent a month in Oz and have no picture to prove it.

Fast forward 3 months. My best friend Bea and I are wading through the Brazilian Rain Forest, an experience which to this day has been engraved in my memory as the best 4 days of my life. A week later, my bag, along with my (other, manual SLR) camera and 3 rolls of undeveloped film were stolen. To this day i miss those pictures like lost friends.

While for the scenario of having a camera stolen there may not be much hope of getting anything back, for people who’ve just lost their camera, maybe left it on the backseat of a cab, in the safe of a hotel room or on a plane (all of those which have happened to me of course with wallets, ipods and cell phones), there is new hope you might retrieve your camera after all. is a website that has made it its mission to reunite lost cameras (or orphaned photos) and their owners.

How it works – if ou find a camera, contact the website with some photos found on the camera and a description of the camera itself. After that you can only hope chance will make its way from you to the camera owner.

I, for one, haven’t found my Australia-cam on the website, but who knows. Maybe one day even that will change. Reading through the success stories on, some people have found their lost camera 2 years later. Whatever is meant to be will be, right?

Good luck holding on to your belongings,