Dancing inmates of Cebu City
Prisoner rehabilitation pursues many creative approaches across the globe, from encouraging yoga exercise in India to introducing its own World Cup Football competition in Thailand.
Cheryl Baldicantos, a new ACFJ photojourn graduate, featured in her final Diploma Project Development another mode of prisoner rehabilitation – the dancing inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Cebu City, Philippines. The dancing inmates have become world-famous so much so that they have been viewed as dancers instead of prisoners.
Her dancing inmate photo was exhibited in the Ian Parry Scholarship 2011 Exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery in London. This Exhibition will also be presented in Spain this year.
Since she graduated from the Diploma in Photojournalism in April 2011, Cheryl has earned worldwide recognition for her photos. She is bound for Bangkok, Thailand this October to be tutored by the World Press Photo winners at the Master Class Series: International Photo Meeting.
Her photo entitled Hard Earned Money was selected as one of the 13 best at the Binus International Photo Competition 2011.
Her Welcoming Water picture she submitted to the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 Competition earned a High Commendation. This international competition received more than 10,000 photographs from 105 countries.
A staff reporter of Manila Bulletin in Cebu City, Cheryl has been chosen as one of the 30 young photographers from all over Asia who will be honed at the Angkor Photo Workshop in Cambodia this November 2011.