Photojournalism Category January 2020 Winner, titled “Worship of Eid celebration at Taj Mahal on 12th August”, by Ann Chanporn in India
As ASIAN Geographic’s annual Images of Asia (IOA) 2020 Photo/Videography Competition looms closer, submissions to our IOA Monthly competition – the precursor to our annual event – are pouring in. We have received stunning photos across the categories, and are now featuring our monthly winners in an exclusive interview!
Below is our interview with one of this month’s spotlight, Ann Chanporn, the IOA Monthly January 2020 Winner in the Photojournalism category, selected from December 2019 entries.
AG: What is the story of your beginning and journey to creating great images?
Ann: My passion for photography started since I was traveling to the US and Asian countries in 2010 with a small Canon compact camera, visiting places during business trips. I saw many interesting places, lifestyles, and beliefs of people and I had missed chances to take photos of them on the way that day. I started learning photography again in 2017 with a Canon compact camera, joining groups of friends in Thai photography groups. Since early 2017, my passion has not changed, and I enjoy traveling and shooting photos in Thailand and Asian countries. In the future I hope my plan to travel and record all beauty of nature, lifestyle, cultures, traditions of all Asian charms and other parts of the world will come true.
AG: How would you define your style and concepts you enjoy exploring?
Ann: I would define my style and concept as a travel photographer who has visited and seen all moving of life, cultures and beauty of nature in frames to share with the world.
AG: What is great photography to you, and is there any photographers you would like to work with?
Ann: Great photography to me means a photo taken of feelings, moments, life, love, and lights. No matter what, all factors must be in one frame. Recently, I had the opportunity to join a local charity with top photographers of Thailand, which has opened a new avenue and challenge I am excited to take on.
AG: What is your preferred imaging gear to work with and why?
Ann: I am using Fuji, a semi-pro small size gear, which is a lightweight camera to carry with me and travel all places for still photo and videography. In the future I may try using a light-weight gear of any brands for my working style and workshops.
AG: What is your next Asia destination to explore and why?
Ann: My dream destinations in Asia is Bhutan, and India, especially parts of Kashmir where there are unrevealed stories of beautiful landscapes and the lives of people in the region.
AG: Can you share more about your current and upcoming projects?
Ann: My personal upcoming project is to capture the identities and culture of people and locations from every region of Thailand, especially in the South. Occasionally, I may join Asian survey trips with Thai photographers to visit more Asian countries again.
Congratulations once again to Ann Chanporn for being the Images of Asia (IOA) Monthly January Winner in the Photojournalism Category! You can check out Ann’s Instagram page here.
Read about the other four January Photographer Features of Images of Asia Monthly Winners:
1. Black & White Category Winner, titled “Caravan”, by Abhishek Nandy in Ladakh, India
2. Landscape Category Winner, taken in Uttarakhand, by Akshay Upadhya
3. Street/People Category Winner, titled “Zen It Out”, by Zon Hisham Bin Zainal Abidin, in Sabah, Malaysia
4. Wildlife Category Winner, taken in Pulau Ubin Singapore by John Crisostomo