Starting tomorrow the 12th Yangon Photo Festival will be held across the town for about a month, sources say.

Asia’s largest photo and advocacy festival will bring together over 200 visual documentaries raising awareness on some of the world’s most pressing issues: environmental threats, peacebuilding and social justice.

The festival will open at Goethe Villa on 19 Feb with a photobook exhibit, a series of shows and a party. It will also set up a Photo Village on Mahabandoola Park on 20 Feb with documentaries on a giant LED screen, exhibitions including the World Press Photo and a photo studio.

Until 21 March, the festival will feature a series of free exhibitions, screenings and parties at the following venues: Goethe Villa, Mahabandoola Park, French Institute, Yangon Central Railway Station, Rosewood Yangon, Dala ferries, Junction City, Myanmar Deitta and Ahla Thit Art Gallery.

The works of famous international photographers including Pascal Maître, Steve McCurry, Franck Seguin, and Fausto Podavini will be showcased. Also present are the projects of some of Myanmar’s most celebrated photographers, Hkun Lat, Hkun Li and Ko Myo and up-and-coming talents from the ethnic states and regions where YPF organises intensive visual story-telling training.

The following are some of the photos that will be showcased at the festival. Credit goes to the original photographers. Find the full schedule of the opening week at the end. Follow their Facebook page for the updates.

“Beyond the Air We Breathe: Addressing Climate Change” is a collective exhibition curated by Hossein Farmani and Susan Baraz from Lucie Foundation which aims at raising awareness about the consequences of climate change and human-made pollution around the world. ©Paul Souders
Italian photographer Fausto Podavini initiated the OMO Change project is a reflection on the deep contradictions of so-called development investments and explores, in particular, the consequences of the development of a mega-dam on Omo River in Ethiopia. ©Fausto Podavini
According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, only around 70 dolphins still live in the Ayeyarwady River between Mandalay and Bahmo. They are considered an endangered species. ©Aung Thu
The Man Who Walks Underwater. This masterpiece features famous French free diver Guillaume Néry in a project called “One Breath Around the World” initiated to raise public awareness about the fragility of the oceans as he travels from the depth of one ocean to another. ©Franck Seguin
American photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874 – 1940) used his art to bring social ills – in particular child labour – to public attention. He believed that photography should reveal the reality of work and poverty. ©Lewis Wickes Hine
In the south of Madagascar, the beautiful giants, 300-year-old baobabs, are plagued by droughts for seven months a year. ©Pascal Maître

The full schedule of the 12th Yangon Photo Festival (Opening Week):


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