TFA editor-publisher wins NSW Parliament’s Photographer of the Year 2014 award

TFA Editor and Publisher Romy Cayabyab tonight received an award for Photographer of the Year 2014 – Multicultural and Indigenous Multicultural Awards (MIMA) from the NSW Parliament in a Presentation Awards ceremony at the Parliament House in Sydney.

TFA Editor-Publisher Romy Cayabyab with TFA Community Blogs editor-writer Violi Calvert, former Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, and Consul Marford Angeles after the awarding ceremony on September 10 at the NSW Parliament House.
TFA Editor-Publisher Romy Cayabyab with TFA Community Blogs editor-writer Violi Calvert, former Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, and Consul Marford Angeles after the awarding ceremony on September 10 at the NSW Parliament House.

Mr Cayabyab’s winning entry to the national media awards is “Walk for Respect: Its Story in Photos” which narrated the different stories interwoven in the “Walk” march staged by members of the community in Lakemba on May 25 this year.

The march was to register the community’s protest to the current Federal government’s proposal to amend Section 18C of Australia’s anti-discrimination law which would water down protection against racial vilification. The proposal which was initiated by Attorney General Senator George Brandis was abandoned by the government early last month.

The Awards chairperson, Mr Shaoquett Moselmane MLC, said during the awarding that there were 130 nominations from various media outlets nationwide. These include nominations from online media, print media, radio and TV.

The judging panel comprised of former Executive Producer of SBS Arabic Radio Majida Abboud-Saab, St George Private Hospital Surgeon Dr Zoran Becvarovski, and University of Sydney lecturer Mykaela Saunders.

The other Awards categories in this year’s MIMA are Journalist of the Year, Editorial Reporting, Coverage of Community Affairs, News Reporting, and Online News Blog or News Coverage.

The Awards were first held in September 2012 with Mr Cayabyab receiving an Inaugural award for Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia.

In the same year, he was also a recipient (as editor) of the Migration Advocacy & Media Awards (MAM) 2012 for Best Website in the Interactive Media category. MAM is an initiative of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas under the Office of the Philippine President.

Mr Cayabyab’s first major award in multiculturalism was in November 2000 when he became the Inaugural Winner for Technology in the New South Wales Premier’s Multicultural Marketing Awards.

The multi-award winning media practitioner is a CPA by profession and became involved in web publishing and photography to help his son who was then studying in the university.

MIMA awardees, judges and organisers with MIMA chair Shaoquett Moselmane MLC and Mr Bob Carr (centre) after the awarding on September 10 at the NSW Parliament House.
MIMA awardees, judges and organisers with MIMA chair Shaoquett Moselmane MLC and Mr Bob Carr (centre) after the awarding on September 10 at the NSW Parliament House.

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6 Responses to "TFA editor-publisher wins NSW Parliament’s Photographer of the Year 2014 award"

  1. Cen and Ruben Amores   September 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Dear Romy,

    Our warm congratulations for winning the NSW Parliament’s Photographer of the Year 2014 award!This latest accolade is a testament to the quality of work of a Filipino-Australian like yourself, whose subject is shared by many communities, including our own community – against the proposed amendment to 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act initiated by Attorney General Senator George Brandis and was subsequently abandoned by the government early last month.

    Your win is also a win of People Power in Action!!

    Reply
    • Romy Cayabyab   September 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you Cen and Ruben for the warm felicitation.

      Best regards too to all the members and officers of APCO and affiliates who participated in the Walk for Respect last May.

      Romy

      Reply
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