Australian expert trains UCANews Philippines photographers

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed photographer Michael Coyne who is in the country this week will run a basic workshop and photowalk Monday to train reporters and photographers of UCANews.

The 32-year-old Union of Catholic Asian News (UCANews) based in Bangkok, publishes news and views about and of interest to the Churches in Asia. It recently launched a new brand and a more vibrant website enhanced by a rich photo gallery and variety of multi-media productions.

Coyne will run the workshop hosted by Titus Brandsma Media Center of the Order of Carmelites in Quezon City. The 20 participants will then go to various sites to shoot photos of young people around Metro Manila. The focus is inspired by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Year of the Youth (2011-2012) with the theme Make a Stand.

Participants in Monday’s workshop include young reporters and photographers of UCANews from various Philippine provinces, and prospective UCAN contributors from Catholic schools and several Philippine media.

Dennis Rito, UCAN friend and professional documentary and commercial photographer said he will join the UCANews basic photography workshop because aside from developing photo journalism skills, “I’d love to meet Michael Coyne.”  Rito calls it “coincidence” that just two weeks ago, he was browsing through Coyne’s works. “I got to know his name through a book of Kirk Tuck,” a prominent American commercial visual artist, book author and educator.

Coyne, an Australian, worked on assignments and appeared in magazines such as: Newsweek, Life, Time, National Geographic Magazine, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, German Geo, French Geo, Paris Match, Madame La Figaro, London Observe Magazine, London Independent Magazine, Travel Holiday, and Vogue.

His successful books include The Regeneration of the Jesuits, A World of Australians, Contemporary Photographer: Australia – MICHAEL COYNE, The Jew called Jesus, and many others.
American National Press Photographers Association and Overseas Press Club of America have cited the photographer. In April 2003 Coyne was awarded the “Centenary Medal” by the Australian Government for Services to Photography.

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