PCP congratulates SOPA Awardees


The Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, Inc. (PCP) proudly congratulates Jun Sepe, Deputy Editor for ABS-CBN News Digital Media's multimedia unit, and Raffy Lerma of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) for winning in the prestigious Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) 2017 Awards held in Hong Kong on June 15, 2017. 

#SOPAwards2017 Group B Excellence in News Photography Award Winner: @inquirerdotnet: Lamentation. Congrats!https://t.co/Iy9S5OnnCK

— SOPA (@sopasia) June 15, 2017

Lamentation taken by PDI Photojournalist Raffy Lerma.

Lamentation taken by PDI Photojournalist Raffy Lerma.

Tagging correction #SOPAwards2017 Excellence in Human Rights Reporting Award Winner @ABSCBNNews War On Drugs https://t.co/LTaCoBuqZt— SOPA (@sopasia) June 15, 2017

 A former chairman of the PCP, Sepe led ABS-CBN News Digital Media's multimedia team in visualising the “War On Drugs: The Unheard Voices”, a six-part series developed for the web, which won for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting and honorable mention for Excellence in Investigative Reporting.

Read more: ABS-CBN report on drug war victims wins plum Asia journalism prize

Lerma, a member of the organization for more a than decade now, has also won the award for Excellence in News Photography for his photo titled “Lamentation” which shows a woman cradling her partner’s lifeless body, a victim of an apparent vigilante killing brought about by the government’s war on drugs.

The same photo also gave him a silver medal for Photography-Breaking News from the Society for News Design in February this year. It is really a big deal to receive such an honour when the competition is neck to neck and the competitors too good to be compared.

Congratulations and keep achieving many other accolades in the future.

PCP also extends its greetings to other Filipino journalists recognized by SOPA.