Cayabyab photographer of the year

THEFilipinoAustralian website editor and publisher Romy Cayabyab received an award for Photographer of the Year 2014 at the Multicultural and Indigenous Multicultural Awards (MIMA) from the NSW Parliament at the Parliament House in Sydney.


romyawardMr Cayabyab’s winning entry to the national media awards was ‘Walk For Respect: Its Story In Photos’, narrating different stories interwoven in the “Walk” march staged by community members in Lakemba on May 25, 2014.


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, initiated by Attorney General George Brandis, was abandoned by the Government early last month.


Awards chairman Shaoquett Moselmane MLC said during the awards that there were 130 nominations from various media outlets nationwide. These included nominations from online media, print media, radio and TV.


The judging panel comprised 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.


Other award categories were 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 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Marketing Awards.


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





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.



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