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Still Life in Water—Burmese photographers snap up prizes

Burmese photographers have taken the top four prizes in a Southeast Asian photography competition based on the theme, “Water is Life: Too Much or Too Little, Every Drop Counts.”

Sponsored by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in the Philippines, the winning entries were among 954 photographs submitted by 245 photographers from seven countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

SEARCA Director Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. said the entries best captured the usefulness of water, the challenges related to water, and the opportunities and threats that water brings.

The winning photograph was by Kyaw Zaw Lay of Mandalay, showing two fishermen casting large nets in a river in Maketilar, Mandalay.

Second was Tun Aung of Rangoon for his composition of a woman holding an earthen jar on her head, a man carrying dried grass lashed on the ends of a pole on his shoulder, and a small child, all walking barefoot on dry, cracked earth.

Kyaw Kyaw Winn, also from Rangoon, was awarded third prize for his depiction of a farmer using a basket to fish in a rice field.

Than Htike Soe of Mandalay won the People’s Choice Award for his picture of fishermen in the Irrawaddy River.

All the winning photographs and finalists are showcased in a photo gallery on the SEARCA website

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