Vancouver photographer Thom Hamilton was going through 1,200 pictures of the trip of a lifetime: Singapore, Norway, Denmark, Holland, France, P.E.I., Toronto and Vancouver.
The only problem was, the photos didn’t belong to him. He found a memory card on a sidewalk in Vancouver’s Stanley Park and made it his goal to find the rightful owner.
He noticed the man wearing a T-shirt for an Australian festival, so he convinced a reporter in Perth to run a story about his search. The tips came pouring in, and pretty soon, he heard from Maree and Jock Lindberg, two farmers in Western Australia.
The couple were on a world tour, but figured the photos were gone forever after their camera bag was stolen in Vancover. “It’s a little bit mind-blowing that there are almost seven billion people on the Earth; they could have been from anywhere and, within 10 days, by the start of a Facebook page, this all fell into place,” Hamilton told CTV.