Photo com­pe­ti­tion doc­u­ments travel in Myan­mar

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SPURRED by a Sin­ga­porean pho­tog­ra­phy project called 7 Days in Myan­mar, travel pho­tog­ra­pher Kyaw Kyaw Win thought, “We can do that.”

We Live in Yan­gon is the re­sult. At a press con­fer­ence called to launch the project on Au­gust 18, Kyaw Kyaw Win said he has par­tic­i­pated in plenty of in­ter­na­tional travel projects, but has never seen one in Myan­mar.

“I no­ticed that no­body had ever or­gan­ised such a project for our coun­try. We just have in­di­vid­ual pho­tog­ra­phers or peo­ple work­ing in small groups,” he said. “Then I saw the pro­gram ar­ranged by a Sin­ga­pore pub­lisher, 7 Days in Myan­mar and thought, ‘Why can’t we do that?’

“I is­sued a call for par­tic­i­pants on May 24, think­ing it might at­tract 14 or 15 pho­tog­ra­phers, but 58 peo­ple ap­plied, in­clud­ing peo­ple liv­ing as far away as Chin State and Magwe Re­gion. They seemed so en­thu­si­as­tic I ac­cepted all of them.”

Through­out the month of June, the 58 en­trants took pic­tures in four groups – build­ings, life­style, be­liefs and trans­porta­tion in Yan­gon. In July, an ini­tial col­lec­tion of 400 of the re­sult­ing pic­tures was as­sem­bled, to be nar­rowed down fur­ther to a to­tal of 70. Those pic­tures will be on show from Au­gust 27 to Septem­ber 4, and more than 100 pho­tos will be in­cluded in an al­bum. The prof­its will be do­nated to ed­u­ca­tion, said Kyaw Kyaw Win.

A photo com­pe­ti­tion, the ex­hi­bi­tion, the al­bum and a work­shop will all form parts of the project.

Kyaw Kyaw Win said, “There will also be a com­pe­ti­tion for any non-con­trib­u­tor in­ter­ested in pho­tog­ra­phy. The dead­line will be 5pm on Au­gust 23, and the judges will be from the Myan­mar Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety. We will of­fer five prizes – the Grand Prize and four Best in Cat­e­gory Prizes, as well as pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops and talks by pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers.

“I or­gan­ised these events out of my love for the her­itage build­ings that we have to main­tain, to pro­mote the tourism sec­tor through pho­tog­ra­phy, and to sup­port amateur pho­tog­ra­phers and to get their pho­tos bet­ter known,” said Kyaw Kyaw Win.

He plans fu­ture ex­hi­bi­tions along the same lines in Mandalay and Ba­gan.

Photo: Nyo Me

Kyaw Kyaw Win ex­plains the project at a press con­fer­ence on Au­gust 18.

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