Eloisa Lopez

6x6 Southeast Asia and Oceania Talent: Eloisa Lopez, Philippines

“Eloisa Lopez's outstanding photojournalistic work reminds us of the importance of professional visual journalists documenting issues to be read by audiences. Her projects are characterized by an empathic and sensitive look at the individuals and communities she portrays.” - Helena Velez Olabarria, Spain, visual researcher, curator, project manager, lecturer and 6x6 nominator

Eloisa Lopez, based in Manila, specializes in stories on human rights, women, and religion. worked as a photo correspondent for the Philippine Daily, Rappler. WARM Festival in Sarajevo, and at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. She is the recipient of a grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Duterte's War

When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won the elections in July 2016, it wasn’t long until dead bodies were found sprawled on the streets of Manila. This was his campaign promise—to wage war on illegal drugs by means of death and violence. At least 7000 people were killed by police and unidentified masked men within six months of his anti-illegal drug campaign. Today, almost three years since the drug war began, the death toll has reached 20,000 according to human rights groups. With the majority killed being fathers, the drug war has also orphaned tens of thousands of children, and widowed mothers fighting for survival amidst impunity.


Forty years after the reign of terror, the nightmares still haven’t left. Chia still dreams about the nights she suffered under the hands of Khmer Rouge cadres. Led by Marxist leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge killed up to two million people across Cambodia from 1975 to 1979—by starvation, exhaustion, and executions. Chia suffered a miscarriage, lost her father and husband within those four years. In solitude, she remembers the lives she lost, and the life she has lived through dreams and photographs.

Eloisa Lopez also received nominations from Francoise Callier and Verónica Sanchis Bencomo.

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