Pinoy photojournalists win 2018 World Press Photo-Digital Storytelling Contest


The Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines (PCP), Inc. congratulates Filipino photo and multimedia journalists Luis Liwanag, Ciriaco Santiago III and Alanah Torralaba for winning in the esteemed 2018 World Press Photo (WPP) contest.

The story “Duterte’s Hell,” won the Digital Storytelling - Short Form Category which Liwanag co-directed with British multimedia producer Aaron Goodman. The 9-minute documentary also featured some photographs by Santiago and with the help of Torralba as the researcher.

This feat acknowledges the excellence of Filipino photojournalists in producing compelling and relevant stories that require attention and solution.

The nine-minute video produced by Field of Vision, highlights the impacts of the Philippine government’s anti-drug campaign and its effects on the victims’ families and communities. The short story delves into the culture of impunity brought about by the killings linked to “Oplan Tokhang.”

Theevolved from WPP’s Multimedia Contest launched in 2011, which aims to give recognition to journalists producing outstanding forms of visual journalism utilizing current digital technologies.

The organization commends Liwanag, who is currently a PCP Board Member and mentor, Santiago and Torralba for their unwavering commitment in advancing the field of photojournalism in the country.

The PCP is a duly registered non-stock and non-profit organization of working photojournalists established in 1997. It aims to help professionalize the practice of photojournalism in the country and carries the central slogan: Professionalism in Photojournalism.