THE Media Council of Papua New Guinea is mourning the loss of veteran photographer William Williando who passed away on Sunday following a long illness.
Its president Joe Kanekane yesterday extended the council’s condolences to the family and relatives of Mr Williando.
Mr Williando passed away at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
“We will miss him, his jokes, and his spirit,” Mr Kanekane said. “William was always and will be remembered as a true champion of the fourth estate.
“His work captured the minds and hearts of thousands of Papua New Guineans.
“As a friend, Mr Williando was always smiling and he enjoyed his work immensely. We mourn his loss and remember his contributions to journalism,” he said.
Mr Williando was also a pioneering photographer who worked for the government, the Post Courier and The National.
He was also one of the first Papua New Guineans to be trained in digital photography, including a stint in Singapore on the birth of The National in 1993.
He was employee No.001 when he joined The National.
Mr Williando worked with The National for 17 years before he moved on to the National Capital District Commission public relations in 2009.
He is survived by sons Kevin, Koke and daughters Rose and Ramu.