Rony Zakaria, a graduate of the Diploma in Photojournalism (DPJ) Program of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism in 2010, won second place in the recent Best of Photojournalism contest organized by the National Press Photographers Association.
Zakaria, a native of Indonesia, competed in the Non-Traditional Photojournalism Publishing category. His winning story, about patients in the Panti Laras Cipayung mental institution in Jakarta, was part of his final portfolio project submitted to ACFJ.
Zakaria is a recipient of prestigious photographic grants and his works have been widely published and exhibited in Asia.
Meanwhile, another product of the DPJ Program, Estan Cabigas (DPJ 2009), made his debut in National Geographic Magazine, which featured his photo as the editor’s choice for its May 2010 issue.
Cabigas is a freelance photographer and a blogger based in Makati City.
His photo, which he submitted as a class assignment, is that of an Infanta, Quezon flagellant preparing his tukarol or floral headdress on Good Friday.
A story by Tammy David, a 2008 Diploma in Photojournalism graduate, was featured in the July issue of Enter Magazine, a publication of the World Press Photo Education Department.
David, a freelance photographer from Makati City, photographed overweight subjects who were members of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) during her visit to California, USA.
About her project, which she considers a long-term one, she said, “I would like to go further and show that these people have normal lives and feelings, like the actress or model who is a size zero,” quoted Enter.