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The photo of a cramped QC jail by Filipino photographer Noel Celis, commission by Agence France-Presse, won the third prize for the Singles, General News Category of the 2017 World Press Photo Award.


The image depicts just how overcrowded the QC City Jail has become after President Rodrigo Duterte launched his War on Drugs.

There are 3,800 inmates inside the QC City Jail, which was built some six decades ago to accommodate just 800 inmates.

On his Facebook account, photojournalist Jes Aznar notes that Noel Celis’s win comes 25 years after the last Filipino win, then by Alberto Garcia for his stunning 1992 Pinatubo photo.

Meanwhile, Australian photographer Daniel Berehulak’s photos of the drug war, commissioned by The New York Times for the story “They are Slaughtering Us Like Animals” won the first prize for Stories, of the General News Category.

Photo: Noel Celis, AFP | World Press Photo

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