Raffy Lerma

Raffy Lerma

Board Member, Photojournalists Council of the Philippines (PCP)

Raffy Lerma is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Manila, Philippines. He began his career in photojournalism as a student of the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines Diliman—covering events and street protests that led to the ouster of former President Joseph Estrada in 2001. He worked as a staff photographer for the Philippine Collegian, the university's official student publication, and later served as its Photo Editor in 2004. Lerma finished his Diploma in Photojournalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. He was also the Philippine representative in Hanoi, Vietnam, for World Press Photo - Asia Europe Foundation Forum for Young Photographers in 2004. For 12 years, Lerma worked as a staff photographer for Philippine Daily Inquirer, covering the daily news beat in Metro Manila. He has shifted into working independently to focus on his documentation of issues on human rights and social justice. He has received numerous awards for his work in the Philippines' war on drugs, including the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for best news photograph, an award of distinction from the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, and was a finalist twice for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant in 2017 and 2018.

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News and Photojournalism