In fo­cus: World­wide Photo Walk doc­u­ments a Satur­day in Yan­gon

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - NYO ME ny­ome@mm­times.com

FOR the third con­sec­u­tive year, the Scott Kelby World­wide Photo Walk man­aged a small show­ing in Yan­gon. More than 30 pho­tog­ra­phers, rang­ing from the semi-pro­fes­sional to the novice, par­tic­i­pated in the walk, which be­gan at Maha Wizaya Pagoda and trav­elled around the Ba­han Mar­ket be­fore fin­ish­ing at a mo­hinga joint, Myaung Mya Daw Cho, on Old Yay Tar Shay Street.

The event, held in hun­dreds of cities around the globe, raises money for the Springs of Hope Kenya Or­phan­age, which feeds, houses and ed­u­cates young or­phans in the African na­tion. Par­tic­i­pants were en­cour­aged to make a small do­na­tion.

For two hours, walk leader Rick Saint led the group, with plenty of stop­pages for snap­shots of Sh­wedagon Pagoda or por­traits of Yan­go­nites liv­ing their daily lives.

Saint, an Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher who lives and works in Yan­gon, has helped or­gan­ise the event since 2014.

Maha Wizaya Pagoda proved to be a pho­to­genic start, as the unique pagoda is dec­o­rated inside to ap­pear like a Myan­mar jun­gle: An­i­mals, painted as con­stel­la­tions, adorn the ceil­ing, and fake trees spread around cor­ners. Kyee Myint, a pho­tog­ra­pher who at­tended the event, snapped his favourite pic­ture at the pagoda us­ing a fish-eye lens.

“I wanted to show how epic Maha Wizaya Pagoda is,” he said.

Pho­tog­ra­phers who par­tic­i­pated are en­cour­aged to share their best snap­shots in the World­Wide Pho­toWalk con­test be­fore the Oc­to­ber 16 deadline.

Winners will be up for prizes such as DSLR cam­eras, gift cards, apps and cam­era bags from Canon, a spon­sor.

The World­wide Photo Walk is organised by Kel­by­one, an on­line pho­tog­ra­phy-learn­ing plat­form.

The Maha Wizaya Pagoda, as seen through pho­tog­ra­pher Kyee Myint’s fish-eye lens, dom­i­nates a cloudy sky.

An old man reads a news­pa­per out­side Ba­han Mar­ket.The pho­tog­ra­pher, a Myan­mar lo­cal named Niko­las, said the mo­ment caught his eye be­cause of the sub­ject’s sit­ting pos­ture.

Pho­tos: Face­book/World­Wide Photo Walk 2016: Yan­gon

This photo, by or­gan­iser Rick Saint, de­picts a fam­ily ma­neu­ver­ing their front steps near Ba­han Mar­ket.

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