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Exhibit highlights fishermen’s lives at sea

Rosem Morton’s ‘Voices from the Waves’ photography exhibition raises awareness about the livelihoods of fishermen and celebrates their resilience

Voices from the Waves, an exhibition by internationally renowned Filipino American photographer Rosem Morton recently highlighted the lives of fishermen at sea. These were held in Pasay and Puerto Princesa.

Presented by IMPL PROJECT, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of fishermen who brave the danger and uncertainty of the open sea to provide for their families. The exhibition touches on the hardships they face at sea, which has added more danger to the profession and resulted in major declines in their catch each year. Despite the daily risks they face, the fishermen find beauty in their way of life and take pride in their connection to the ocean.

Joining Morton at the exhibition opening at SM MOA were US Embassy to the Philippines’ Public Affairs Counsellor John Groch, IMPL PROJECT Philippines Executive Director Yoyong Suarez, and the fishermen of Masinloc, Zambales.

“We hope that this exhibition will give visitors a glimpse into the lives of Filipino fishermen and the challenges they face,” said Morton. “By sharing their stories, we hope to raise awareness of their struggles and inspire support for their livelihoods and communities.”

Filipino-American documentary photographer Rosem Morton

Morton is a documentary photographer, registered nurse, and safety consultant based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellow, and a We Women Artist. Morton has written and photographed stories for National Geographic, the Washington Post, NPR, and CNN, among others. She was recognized as part of “The 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch.”

IMPL PROJECT Global is a United States-based non-profit, non-governmental organization created with the objective of using precise local data to create evidence-based programs for underserved communities.

IMPL PROJECT works with partners in the field to collect and analyze data, assess the root causes of community problems, and facilitate community-driven, targeted programming to create development and stability solutions.

In the Philippines, one of the current focus areas is programming to support fisherfolk through the development of community cooperatives and a multimedia program designed to raise awareness for fishing communities operating in the West Philippine Sea.

Voices from the Waves was presented by IMPL Project and supported by the US Embassy in the Philippines.

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