Leo Solinap is an independent visual storyteller and documentary photographer currently living in Iloilo City. 

A self-taught film photographer has already taken part in a collective exhibition in Manila, Lucban, Iloilo and Thailand. 


His focus is on themes of environmental, social and economic and HIV/AIDS issues. On his 25 years of experience as a journalist and visual storyteller, his knowledge of photojournalism can be credited to his training from newspaper organization, international photo agencies and Ateneo de Manila University (Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism) which he took some units for the Diploma in Photojournalism. 


He is a holder of National Certificate 2 (NC2) in Photography from TESDA and a regular member of the Press Photographer of the Philippines which was established in 1951. 


Solinap's photographs have been published locally in magazines like Cream de la Cream, Mezzo and Iloilo Premier Magazines. Local newspapers such as The Daily Informer, SunStar Iloilo, The Daily Guardian and Panay News also published his pictures. 

For national publications, his works have been in the Daily Inquirer, The Philippine STAR and the Manila Times.

His works have also been published internationally in news organizations like Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Trade Arabia, The New York Times, The Times UK, The Guardian and VIEW magazine published in Hamburg Germany. 

He extended his works on assignments for Getty Images, Agence-France-Press, Reuters, Associated Press, and European Photo Agency. He has also worked for international organizations and NGO's such as the Ford Foundation, AIDS Society Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Greenpeace. 

His photos and writings were published in the book like:


  • Safe Sex And The Media In Southeast Asia, Published Throughout Southeast Asia By The Aids Society Of The Philippines & Rockefeller Foundation;

  • Abstract Book (Fifth International Conference On Home And Community Care For Persons Living With Hiv/Aids, Chaing Mai, Thailand, December 17-20, 2001);

  • Book cover Photo on the book Covering The Condom Nation, Chaing Mai, Thailands Aids Awareness Demonstration (Thailand Section);

  • Educating The Tri-Media On The Ethics In Reporting STD/HIV/AIDS In Iloilo City published in Chaing Mai, Thailand.

One of his masterpieces in photojournalism is the publication of the book titled "The Colors of Lucban." A 200-page full-color coffee table book with more than 200 of his photos published in the said book.


His awards include Best Picture of the Week by the National Geographic Channel and Sony, 1st Place in Photojournalism Category during the 2002 AIDS National Media Awards and 2nd Place for Feature Story in Category during the 2001 AIDS National Media Awards. 

He loves taking portrait photos where he likes to show different emotions of his subjects in unposed circumstances.

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