Octavian Cantilli
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What’s your favorite hangout downtown?
I can't pick just one!
What juicy tidbit can you share about your favorite downtown memory?
I love SNAP!
What brings you to THE SLICE?
love of photography

I was born in Bucharest (1979), the capital of the once communist Romania. Despite the fact that mom was a pediatric neurologist and dad helped manage a power plant, because they weren’t members of the communist party, owning a small apartment and buying food was hard. When I was 2 years old, my father fled the country and after 9 months of being a political refuge in Greece, was able to find sponsorship to come to the US. Meanwhile, my mom had to act like she had no idea where my dad went. It took dad only 15 months in the US to be able to legally bring my mom and I over. My parents had to start all over both financially and to a lesser degree academically, but it didn’t take that long for mom to be a practicing doctor again and for dad to pursue all kinds of endeavors away from a traditional job.

The vast opportunities the US offers can be a double edged sword as far as choosing a career. It took me eight years to get a BS in college, after 80 credits toward an engineering degree, completion of most of the pre-med track, 900 hours of welding training, divemaster certification plus a lot of fun in between. I finally picked and sticked with photography/visual storytelling. I began to see photography as the blend of all the elements I wanted in a career:  It is highly technical, yet intimate; very risky, yet very much needed; serious, yet fun. In 2004, I switched into the University of Florida’s college of journalism and never looked back. Currently, I shoot editorially for Reuters and a few local magazines and newspapers and advertising for Universal Studios and Digital Juice among other companies. During the summer I enjoy teaching photography abroad and working on my own projects.



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Gwen Jorgensen in the Draft Legal Challenge

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 4:36pm 0 Comments

"U.S. triathlete Gwen Jorgensen competes during the swim portion of the second annual Draft Legal Challenge in Clermont, Florida March 3, 2012. Jorgensen, who completed her first competitive triathlon in Clermont just two years ago, qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games with a runner-up finish at the 2011 London ITU World Championship Series triathlon. REUTERS/Octavian Cantilli (UNITED STATES)"


Please visit my blog to read my take on the whole…


Day One of the 128th Silver Spurs Rodeo

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 9:02pm 1 Comment

Reuter let me cover this for them. So far, MSNBC has picked it up. The rodeo continues through the weekend, but I can't cover it anymore. I already have plans to assist my friend Donald Miralli with his Washington Nationals shoot for a week. ON LEFT: "Seth Glause of Cheyenne, Wyoming rides Will the Pill…


2012 Little Miss Silver Spurs

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 2:19pm 0 Comments

Through Reuters, these are some of media companies that picked up this story I pitched: The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Good Morning America, Yahoo OMG, mailonline.com, and the local Orlando Sentinel.

"Rachel Shirah, 11, has her lips painted by her mother Beth on the morning of the 52nd Miss and Little Miss Silver Spurs Pageant at her family's ranch in St. Cloud, Florida on February 14, 2012. The winners will hold a prominent…


Monster Bull Riding at Silver Spurs

Posted on February 12, 2012 at 4:11pm 0 Comments

To see more images from this event please check out my blog. http://www.octaviancantilli.com/2012/02/12/monster-bull-riding-at-silver-spurs/

"Clayton Wooten of Arcadia, Fla. rides Buck Fever during the Silver Spurs Monster Bull event held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on February 11, 2011. Bull riders from across the country compete for a chance to win $2,000.…


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