Chaps from Bagong Silang

PhotographerTomasz Gudzowaty
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The local community baptized the area Bagong Silang which means "newborn" in Tagalog. Ironically, the center of this slum neighborhood is the public cemetery of Navotas, a municipality located directly north of Manila. About 500 families dwell within the walls of the cemetery in makeshift houses built atop the concrete blocks of tombs. There are many families here who try to live a normal life in those humiliating conditions. The main problem among young people is crime and violence, but most of them keep dreaming about getting out from the depressing place.

About Photographer

I was born in 1971; graduated in law at the University of Warsaw in 1992, but very soon after I decided to pursue a career in photography. In 1999 I was awarded the first prize in Nature category at the World Press Photo contest. From that time on I had various publications in magazines (among others: Max – German edition, L’Equipe, The Guardian, Newsweek – Polish edition, Forbes – Polish edition, Reponses Photo, British Journal of Photography) and awards (World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, NPPA Best of Photojournalism). I cooperate with Focus Fotoagentur in Hamburg and Yours Foundation in Warsaw.