By Gabriela Baron
A Filipino photojournalist bagged second place in the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest in the Top News, Singles category in Moscow, Russia recently.
Basilio Sepe's "Baywatch". (Photo courtesy of Photojournalists' Center of the Philippines, Inc. / MANILA BULLETIN)
Basilio Sepe, a member of the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines (PCP), won the award with his photo capturing informal settlers scavenging recyclable materials in Navotas after Typhoon Karding hit in August 2018.
The photo contest was launched by Rossiya Segodnya under Russia Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to support young photographers and to popularize the challenges of modern photojournalism.
Photographers from 80 countries on five continents participated in the photo contest with over 6,000 works submitted.
The 24-year old photojournalist has previously won the IPA (International Photography Awards) Filipino "Photographer of the Year" last year for his work on the Philippines war on drugs.
Sepe was the former chief photographer of the Varsitarian, the official student publication of University of Santo Tomas (UST), and an alumnus of the Angkor Photo Workshop 2016.
He is currently an independent photographer based in Manila and has done multimedia works for local and international news agency.