Whether it’s a breathtaking view of the afternoon sky or an empty road, some photos speak volumes to people in a different way. In fact, Filipino photographer John Lorenzo Javier’s shot of a local fish vendor won first place at the distinguished International Photography Awards (IPA). His entry was under the ‘Professional One Shot – Our Times, New Normal’.
The 26-year-old’s entry is titled Aquarium, which was captured on March 2020 at a public market in Las Piñas City. The photo’s description on IPA’s website reads, ‘A fish vendor has outfitted her stall with plastic sheet as a makeshift barrier, marked with customer instructions and reminders about guidelines for social distancing.’
‘Through March to August of 2020, Metro Manila, Philippines was placed under “Enhanced Community Quarantine” — what was effectively total lockdown — in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic,’ It added. ‘However, business carried on as usual for essential workers inside public markets, as demand for goods remained the same.’
The IPA conducts a photography competition every year that covers professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global level. It claims to recognize “photography’s leading talents who are creating, shaping and defining the world of photography today.”
Since there’s an ongoing pandemic, an exhibit for the photos won’t push through at the moment. But IPA’s website stated that all the images submitted for the competition will be part of a special edition e-book that will be available online. Javier will also receive his prize worth $500 (approximately Php. 24,900) as a category winner.
Javier is a freelance photographer based in Manila who is currently a part-time staffer at CNN Philippines Life. He graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree majoring in Information Design from the Ateneo De Manila University in 2015.
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