Ritchie B. Tongo
Ritchie Tongo was born in the Philippines in 1988. His interest in photography began in 2011 when a fellow photojournalist introduced him to the world of photojournalism and he began freelancing for many different news outlets.
In 2013, he joined the epa team on the ground to cover typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban City, Leyte, the Philippines. His photos from this assignment were published in many international publications including the New York Times, Time Magazine, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times.
Ritchie was hired by epa as a full-time photojournalist in Manila in 2014. Currently, he is based in Taipei, Taiwan as a staff photojournalist. Ritchie has covered natural disasters, politics, sports entertainment and social issues.