PDI photographer wins SOPA award for excellence in news photography
MANILA — Philippine Daily Inquirer photographer Marianne Bermudez won the Award for Excellence in News Photography given out by the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) on Wednesday night in Hong Kong.
Bermudez won for her October 9, 2015 photo titled “Holy Cow,” which came out on the front page of the Inquirer on Oct. 10, 2015. The photo shows a cow leaping in surprise upon hearing gunfire from soldiers of the Philippine Marines who were firing at a mock enemy target during the Philippine-US joint naval training exercise at the Philippine Naval Station in San Antonio, Zambales.
The photograph captured the very moment the cow jumped in the air, with soldiers on the ground, firing in combat position. The winning photo — full of mirth, levity, seriousness and motion — is actually just one of a series of shots, which include a photo showing the cow approaching the soldiers who had quizzical looks on their faces upon sighting the uninvited participant.
Bermudez’s award was the second straight in two years for the Inquirer from SOPA. Edwin Bacasmas won the same award in 2015. SFM
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