Myan­mar Photographer Min­za­yar Oo re­ceives Martin Adler Prize

Mizzima Business Weekly - - IN FOCUS -

Myan­mar free­lance photographer Min­za­yar Oo at­tended the Rory Peck Awards in Lon­don on 23rd Oc­to­ber to re­ceive the Martin Adler Prize 2017 which hon­ours a lo­cal free­lancer who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to news­gath­er­ing. At just 29 years old, Min­za­yar is one of Myan­mar’s lead­ing pho­tog­ra­phers - part of a new gen­er­a­tion of lo­cal free­lance jour­nal­ists doc­u­ment­ing the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic tran­si­tion of their coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the Rory Peck web­site. Min­za­yar is unique among his peers for the ded­i­ca­tion he has shown in telling Myan­mar’s im­por­tant and dif­fi­cult sto­ries, no­tably his long-term com­mit­ment to cov­er­ing the plight of the Ro­hingya - a story now top of the in­ter­na­tional news agenda. He along with another Myan­mar col­league were ar­rested in Septem­ber by Bangladesh se­cu­rity agen­cies in Cox’s Bazar as they were re­port­ing the flood of refugees from Rakhine State. How­ever, they were al­lowed to re­turn to Myan­mar on Oc­to­ber 17.

His long-term doc­u­men­tary project, The Price of Jade, ex­poses, for the first time, the horrific so­cial im­pact of Myan­mar’s se­cre­tive, multi-bil­lion­dol­lar Jade in­dus­try in con­flict-torn Kachin state and re­veals the per­ilous lives of hun­dreds of thou­sands of young peo­ple who have mi­grated there to work as min­ers, hop­ing to find a short­cut to wealth. Min­za­yar’s work has been pub­lished in TIME, The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Na­tional Geo­graphic, GEO, 6MOIS, La Repub­lica and many other pub­li­ca­tions and has been ex­hib­ited in Myan­mar and around the world, in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy fes­ti­vals Ren­con­tres d’Ar­les and Angkor Photo Fes­ti­val. Min­za­yar is the first photographer to re­ceive the Martin Adler Prize

Myan­mar photographer Min­za­yar Oo, right, ar­rives at the Rory Peck Trust event to re­ceive his award. Photo: Rory Pack Trust

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