Filipina photojournalist Eloisa Lopez won an international award for her coverage on the Philippines drug war. Photo: International Women's Media Foundation/iStock

A Filipino photojournalist has won an international award for her coverage of the drug war in the Philippines by the Duterte administration.

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced that Eloisa Lopez, a photojournalist who specializes in stories on human rights, women and religion, was named the winner of the 2019 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award.

“In 2016, after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won the elections and declared a war on drugs, Lopez documented the nightly killings across Metro Manila as a personal project,” the IWMF said.

Lopez’ work was exhibited alongside other photojournalists covering the drug war at the Prix Bayeux Festival in Normandy, WARM Festival in Sarajevo and at the World Council of Churches in Geneva.

American photojournalist Mary Calvert and Saudi Arabian freelance photojournalist Tasneem Alsultan received honorable mentions.

The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award recognizes the importance of visual journalistic work and is awarded annually to a woman photojournalist who documents underreported stories in challenging or underserved environments while capturing poignant moments of humanity.

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