On my first day in Yangon, I went to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the 2,500 years old Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. On one of my roundings, I saw this young monk resting against the pillar of one of the prayer halls. Almost instantly, all the tourists starts to take photos of him. I waited until they were done before asking his permission and taking his smiling picture.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 11
Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 16.5, Style 12, Skill 12.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
Photographer: Shirren Lim (Jakarta, Indonesia) Registered
Born in Penang Island, Malaysia, in 1970, Shirren would find herself moving cities over the course of her life. She is now based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Shirren took up photography in 2009, as she thought it would be an interesting habit, later she discovered it as her true passion. Shirren loves portraitures best. To her, the expressions people wear are so beautiful, so telling, so uncovered in their sincerity. With her photo-taking, she tries and does justice to capture humanity in its many forms. Shirren’s work has been described as intense and earthy with her simple composition cutting to the heart of the subject matter. As a child, she had flipped through many of her father’s National Geographic magazines, but it was Steve McCurry’s 1984 “Afghan Girl” that she recall two decades later. That is what she wants to do with her life. She believes, someday, she can able to capture that one moment that could change the world. Her work has appeared in several web and printed magazines.