The 2015 Broadcast Emmy Awards were announced last night and I’m honored to share that a segment I photographed for PBS NewsHour won an Emmy for “Best Investigative Story in a Regularly Scheduled Broadcast.” This story was particularly difficult to do an unfolded in the Philippines as I continued work on a long-term project on child labor and gold mining. The video segment explored one of the most dangerous forms of mining, practiced only in the Philippines. Miners, some as young as 12, sink to the bottom of water-filled pits, breathing through thin plastic tubes attached to compressors on the surface. The work in the blackness, sometime for hours, filling cloth sacks with ore. Fatalities are common. When the story aired last year, the Philippine Parliament passed laws outlawing the practice, siting the NewsHour segment in the legislation of record. I’m very proud this story made a difference.
You can see the original segment here: