The industry is still trying to find its footing, but its in a good place.
The US government has given the green light to three new standards, while a fourth one is expected to be finalized in 2020.
Photojournalists and their companies have begun applying for licenses to shoot in more than 80 countries, from Brazil to Mexico.
“It’s really encouraging,” said Steve Niles, president of the American Society of Magazine Editors.
“The industry is now well on its way to becoming a truly global force.”
Photojournalist Stephen Burdick, who has been covering the Olympics in Rio, says he is also excited to be working in the industry for the first time.
“I’m getting to travel and do new things that I’ve never done before,” he said.
“This is an exciting time for the world and it’s going to be a great one.”
But the industry faces challenges, particularly in the United States.
The Associated Press reported that there are concerns about how the new rules will be implemented.
It cited a letter from the US Commerce Department that warned the changes will affect US companies and would likely cause an influx of visas and green cards for foreign workers, while potentially causing job losses in the US.
And the AP reported that the US has been slow to react to changes to the rules, even as the AP’s sources in Brazil say that the agency is still reviewing the draft.
“We haven’t heard anything from the White House,” said Burdack, who added that it could take months before the agency’s final decision on the rules.
“If we are lucky, we might get a little bit of guidance on it in the next week or two.”
And while the new standards are expected to create more jobs and more jobs for people who have been struggling to find work, the challenges remain.
“There are going to have to be adjustments,” said Niles.
“These are very large changes.
The American people need to have the chance to look at the changes and see what they are for.”