The Photographer of the Month Award for April 2018 goes to Safaa Kagan from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for this stunning portrait of a young Burmese girl, taken on our Burma with the Best Workshop 2018.
Safaa Kagan says about this photo:
“This photograph was taken in Inle Lake, a small village with no cars or roads; where the only way of transportation is by wooden boats. The village is located on a freshwater lake in Shan State. In one of the houses lived a small family of Kayan women who made a living selling jewelry and hand woven fabric that the grandmother made.
I saw the two little girls in the corner and was amazed by their faces, the younger sister who is about 6 years old was watching me photograph her mother. Her curiosity made me feel comfortable working with her. She wanted her picture to be taken too. She was proud to be Kayan and carry her ancestors’ tradition. She was little, yet had so much confidence and knew how beautiful she was. I showed her her portrait on the back of my camera, and it gave her the biggest smile… Everyone was happy!”
“It is a really strong and beautiful portrait. The light and focus are just perfect, bringing out the vibrant colors and neck bands of her traditional dress and capturing so much grown-up seriousness in such a very, very small person, it just tugs at the heartstrings. This portrait tells stories,” says National Geographic editor, Karen Gunn.
To see a further selection of Safaa Kagan’s strong photography from Burma and read an interview with her, click here.