A small victory of sorts as the project has won an award! It has won runner-up in the ‘Political Photojournalism’ category at the ‘PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris‘ photography awards.
The competition has been recognised as one of Europe’s biggest and most prestigious photography competitions. Of course I am delighted to win this recognition – it’s always nice feeling to have your work acknowledged and recognised. For some people its also nice to get their name in bright lights. But not me. Anonymity is the truest expression of altruism. This project is not about winning awards and acknowledgments or back-slapping for any skills or ideas I might have. This whole project is to raise awareness for the plight of Burma’s 2,100+ political prisoners and more importantly to get those who can make a difference to actually make a difference and change this drastic situation. If winning an award can help bring the plight of Burma’s political prisoners to the world’s attention then great, but what’s important is that this situation changes, that all political prisoners are freed unconditionally. This project is about Burma’s political prisoners and it is also for them.