Photo competition documents travel in Myanmar
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.
Kyaw Kyaw Win explains the project at a press conference on August 18.