WIP WORKSHOP |  Exploring The Visual Narrative: The Photographer As Storyteller

August 6-11, 2018 // Manila, Philippines

About The Workshop

WIP Photo, in partnership with Photography program of the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, is proud to announce the upcoming WIP workshop - Exploring the Visual Narrative: The Photographer As Storyteller - with esteemed veteran documentary photographers Nana Buxani and Veejay VIllafranca as mentors/instructors.

We are looking for photographers who wish to hone their skills in crafting visual narratives to participate in this 5-day intensive workshop focusing on the diverse forms of the visual narrative, from reportage to personal and conceptual, with the aim of widening the participants’ perspective and finding their voice in the broad spectrum of documentary photography. The workshop also aims to show current platforms that photographers can engage to publish their work and other professional practices to pursue a career in visual journalism.

The workshop will be held at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde campus and will be limited to 20 participants only. Workshop fee is Php 11,500 inclusive of workshop materials and certificate of completion.

You can avail our EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for Php 10,000 inclusive of workshop materials and certificate of completion. Deadline for the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT applications is JUNE 15, 2018.

Nightly projections, project development and guest foreign mentors for consultations will be part of the workshop.

Application Process

To apply for a slot in the workshop, participants are required to submit a portfolio of 15-20 JPEG photos from either a documentary, series or of singles. If part of a series, please provide a narrative and caption for each photo in a separate document; if singles, please provide captions for each image in a separate document.

All photos must be resized to 700 pixels on the long side. 

Place the images in a folder and name it with your LAST_FIRSTNAME. (ex. Dela Cruz_Juan).

After you have named, resized and captioned your photos, place them in the folder and then create a zip file or archive of this folder. (On a Mac, press control-click and select “Compress folder” or “Create Archive”. On Windows, right-click and create archive or create zip).

Send these to [email protected] with the subject line “WIP Workshop Submission: <name>” and provide a brief summary of your intent to join the workshop in the body of the email.

If your submission is considered by the panel of editors, WIP will contact you to arrange the payment of the workshop fees.

Deadline for applications is JUNE 30, 2018.


Nana Buxani
Born in conflict­ ridden region of Mindanao, Philippines in 1966, Nana Buxani is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and painter whose work largely deals on issues such as child labour, children and women in difficult situations, children in detention, the plight of homeless peoples, communities in war torn regions, the indigeneous peoples and their claims to ancestral lands, urban poor communities and people engaged in cooperative building.

Nana has done works both films and stills photography for OXFAM-­UK, the International Labour Organization particularly for the International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), VSO­-uk, UNICEF, Save the Children Organizations, the Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood Program, under the European Union Cooperation in the Philippines, The Consuelo Algers Foundation, Amnesty International UK, Christian Aid, PHILCOCHED (an NGO working on issues of people with disabilities), the Kaliwat Theatre Collective.

She has done assignments for Time Magazine (Asia Edition), the Chronicle of Philantrophy and Higher Education, Interviu Magazine (Spain), Il Venerdi (Italy), Marie Claire, London, Newsbreak (Philippines), I Magazine (PCIJ, Philippines), ME Magazine (Philippines), Bloomberg News, The New York Times, Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), The Guardian-UK, Missio Magazin.

She has also assisted Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths, documentary photographer Sebastiao Salgado and other foreign and international media organizations.



Veejay Villafranca
Veejay Villafranca started as a staff photographer for the national news magazine Philippines Graphic. After becoming a freelancer in 2006, he worked with several international news wire agencies before pursuing the personal projects that later paved the way to his career as a full-time documentary photographer.

Veejay has tackled issues such as changing Filipino cultural and religious practices, the transformation of Filipino gang members, and climate displacement and other environmental issues. In 2008, he was awarded the Ian Parry Scholarship and a residency at Visa Pour l’Image for his project on the lives of former gang members in Manila and in 2013 attended the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass program of the World Press Photo Foundation.

Veejay is based in Manila and works around the Asian region contributing to international publications and working with non-governmental organizations in producing visual reports on several social issues.


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