Kyaw Kyaw Winn
Kyaw Kyaw Winn is one of the finest all around photographers in Asia with an astoundingly versatile skill-set borne of a great passion for his craft. The only three-time Myanmar Photographer of the Year (twice named by ASEAN) has also thrice won the International Photography Salons of Japan & South Korea, not to mention the Smithsonian Magazine grand prize for photography. All told he has won in excess of 500 local & international awards. His images have been published widely, with exhibitions from the United States and Australia to Russia, China & Japan.
He is brand ambassador for Nikon and Fujifilm, executive editor of Digital Photography (Burmese Edition), chief photographer for UNICEF Myanmar, and lead instructor at the Myanmar Photographic Society.
His next major event is a photo tour workshop in Myanmar, that, in addition to the country’s iconic locations, features the Ananda Pagoda Festival in Bagan, and the “tattoo tribes” of remote Chin State.
Photographers Gone Wild
Iconic Myanmar + Chin State Expedition
December 29, 2017 - January 11, 2018
Highlights: The Ananda Pagoda Festival – Magical Inle Lake – The “Tattoo Tribes” of Chin State
Mandalay Array – Irrawaddy River Cruise to Mingun – The U Bein Bridge – Bagan Hot Air Balloon
Yangon & Shwedagon Pagoda – The Wonderful People of Myanmar!
Photographers Gone Wild w/ Kyaw Kyaw Winn has always been our most popular Myanmar photo tour, for obvious reasons. Not only do participants get insider access and creative angles on Myanmar’s Big 4 iconic locations, but rare access to various tribal groups in the mountains of storied Chin State as well.
The Big 4 features Yangon’s 2,500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda and amazing street life, the floating world of magical Inle Lake and it’s uniquely photogenic Intha fishermen, the surreal 2,220 strong temple-scape of the ancient Bagan dynasty, and many of the myriad marvels of The Mandalay Array.
The “wild” aspect takes you well off the beaten path, where you will get the exciting opportunity to photograph the last of the Chin “tattoo tribes” in the tiny mountain villages where they live. Centuries ago these tribes practiced ritual cannibalism after defeating their enemies in battle, as well has taking possession of enemy women. Kidnappings were also commonplace. To combat the thievery, tribes began branding their women – on the face! Over time these tattoos became a source of beauty and pride. Outlawed in 1960’s, the practice, as far as we know, has finally come to a halt. The youngest are now in their mid-30’s & 40’s, with the majority in their 70’s and 80’s.