To receive this certificate, Carlos had to complete eight requisite
papers. Notes his former teacher Karola Gaede: “Each
paper required hard work and dedication, which Carlos was ready to put in
at all times. Although he was the only person with special needs in the
group, he was not given significant additional support, neither allowed
to have a free ride. His certificate has been well earned, through hard
For his course project, Carlos shot a series of New Zealand landscapes, and selected 50 photos for an exhibition in Bolivia, “to show my family and friends what it’s like to live in New Zealand.” Before the exhibition opened, 25 of his works were already sold, and the event generated local media interest, including an interview with CNN. Since then, Carlos has also volunteered his photography skills for Special Olympics New Zealand, and when he heard the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games was looking for photography volunteers in Newcastle, he signed up and did three days’ work, shooting competitions in Athletics, Basketball and Swimming.