Entry Title: "Funeral in Java"
Name: Paul Thompson , Australia
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective, Non-Professional


Entry Description: My wife’s paternal grandfather, affectionately known as ‘Eyang,’ has passed away and the family has started to gather to pay their last respects on Indonesia’s main island of Java.

Story: Funeral in Java. My wife’s paternal grandfather, affectionately known as ‘Eyang,’ has passed away and the family has started to gather to pay their last respects on Indonesia’s main island of Java. R. Hoemansoedjoko, whose career in the Indonesian Airforce was reportedly as long and distinguished as his name, was afforded a funeral with full military honours. After a service at the home, attended by various dignitaries within the armed forces, the cavalcade made its way to the military cemetery. The equivalent of a 21 gun salute was given upon entry to the grounds and again as the body is interred.

About the Artist:

Originally from England, Paul Thompson’s interest in photography was ignited whilst living in Bali, Indonesia where he immersed himself in the local culture - the tradition, dance and landscape are a photographer’s dream. In 2015 he started to enter competitions, to date his work has now been shown in 39 salons in 27 different countries. Paul was a finalist in the Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FIPP) and has received a number of international awards from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), the Monochrome Awards, the International Photographer of the Year Awards (IPOTY) and a number of others. Now living in Perth with his young family Paul whilst having an inherent affinity for the genres of photojournalism and street photography now wants to take the next step from ‘taking’ photos to ‘making’ photographs in the area of portraiture and fine art.