To mark its tenth year, the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ) has mounted its first exhibit of news photography “Asian News in Pictures” and set it off on a roadshow around the country.
The roadshow kicked off at The Block, SM North EDSA on Sept. 13 , with sponsors and university officials attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The exhibit then moved to Shangri-La Edsa Plaza Mall from Oct. 5-15, The Podium from Nov. 1-10 and SM Megamall from Nov. 11-15. On Nov. 22 it was shown at SM City Naga, with the Ateneo de Naga University as host.
The show displays six photo essays, and 25 single pictures – all of them compelling news images of social and development issues and events done by some of the most talented, audacious and passionate among Asia’s contemporary and upcoming photojournalists. The pictures were culled from the works of the students of ACFJ’s photojournalism programs, many of whom among Asia’s most talented photojournalists. Among them are Rogelio Luis Liwanag, until recently chief photographer of Xinhua News Agency in Manila, VJ Villafranca, winner of 2008 Ian Perry Award in Photojournalism, the PDI photographers: Emilyn Hope Rillon, Remar Zamora and Rafael Lerma, and Rony Zakaria, the Indonesian photographer who won in the 2010 National Press Photography Awards.
The exhibit was launched on June 7 during the ACFJ 10th anniversary celebration, and was shown at the Ateneo High School and the Ateneo Grade School before the roadshow.
The show is a response to repeated calls for ACFJ to feature Asian photographers after it has successfully hosted the annual international exhibition World Press Photo Exhibition the past three years. Asian News in Pictures aspires to the standards of the international exhibition, a project of the renowned Dutch media organization World Press Photo which has co-founded and continues to support ACFJ’s photojournalism program.