Michael Varcas

The Philippines

Michael Varcas is a Filipino journalist and news photographer at The Philippine Star, specializing in capturing the essence of major day-to-day news stories across the nation. 

From documenting the war on drugs of the Duterte Administration to covering floods in Cagayan, navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and shedding light on the West Philippine Sea dispute, Michael Varcas is committed to portraying the reality of his country. Additionally, his feature stories spotlight social issues, the LGBTQIA+ community and climate justice, fostering empathy and driving change.

World Press Photo Involvement:
2024 World Press Photo Contest winner

Michael Varcas on Social Media:
Instagram: @michaelvarcas

Michael Varcas
Portrait credit: Santino San Juan