This photographer is the first Filipino to win gold awards from BIFA and ND awards

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Another Filipino has brought honor to the Philippines. This time, it’s the multi-awarded photographer Jophel Ybiosa. 

On December 14, he was the first Filipino to win Gold Awards from the 2020 Budapest International Foto Awards (BIFA) and the Neutral Density Photography Awards (ND Awards). 

He won the BIFA Gold Award in the Events Category for his ‘The Mud People Festival in Nueva Ecija.’ The photo consists of devotees paying homage to St. John the Baptist in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija in 2018. 

Meanwhile, the colored version of the photo has won first place and bagged a Gold Star Award from the ND Awards in November. 

“The photo depicts the Mud People Festival in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija, Philippines on June 24, 2018. Devotees wear dried banana leaves and cover themselves with mud then offer prayer and also homage to St. John the Baptist,” 

“According to a local legend, the Japanese soldiers were about to execute the villagers of Aliaga during World War II. But in the midst of the downpour, Japanese soldiers suddenly changed their minds. Afterward, the villages celebrated by rolling around the muddy ground. There’s a belief that being saved from the execution is a miracle of St. Joh the Baptist,” the winning photo’s caption read. 

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