The image series depicts the dream of Panya, a young Cambodian boy who wonders about becoming a professional Khun Khmer boxer of Cambodia and to turn famous throughout South East Asia. Although Cambodian children are banned to fight professionally, low income families are often quite happy to allow a coach to take away their children for training, because that means food, housing, education and a potential bright future. The figure of a Khmer boxer in Cambodia is highly respected, and coaches claim that as the children learn how to do it, they become healthy, disciplined, stay away from drugs and earn self-confidence.
My name is Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo .I was born in Madrid in 1965.Education: Degree in International business management at the Schiller International University Germany (Heidleberg), 3 years of Biology studies at the University of Alcala de Henares and a degree in Philosophy, followed by a PHD still to be finished. Several advanced photography courses, video and editing. Can speak and write in different languages. Constantly I have been travelling around the world, photographing and living in foreign cultures. AWARDS 2014 FIRST PLACE (GOLD) People’s Choice Awards 2014, Press Feature Story at the Prix de Paris Awards (PX3 2014) FIRST PLACE (GOLD)) /General News at the Prix de Paris Awards (PX32014) FIRST PLACE (GOLD) People’s Choice Awards 2014 /Nature Environmental at the THIRD PLACE (BRONZE) Press Feature Story at the Prix de Paris Awards 2014 THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS Prix de Paris Awards (PX3 2014) 4 HONORABLE MENTIONS at the ND Awards (2014).THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS at the International Photography Awards (IPA 2014). 2015 THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS MONOCHROME AWARDS 2014, TWO HONORABLE MENTIONS IPA one shot awards 2015 Works exhibited during the Month of Photography, Los Angeles by the LUCIE FOUNDATION. SEVEN HONORABLE MENTIONS IPA 2015, FOUR HONORABLE MENTIONS Prix de Paris White Awards 2015.SIX HONORABLE MENTIONS Prix de Paris Awards annual competition 2015 TWO HONORABLE MENTIONS ND AWARDS 2015 IPA 2015 SECOND PLACE Award Category Event Culture and traditions. IPA THIRD PLACE AWARD Awards Category Portraiture, Children. PRIX DE PARIS 2015 SILVER MEDAL Environmental Press category. PRIX DE PARIS 2015 BRONZE MEDAL Portraits category. FIRST PLACE ND AWARDS 2015 (GOLDEN STAR AWARD) People. FIRST PLACE ND AWARDS 2015 (GOLDEN STAR AWARD) Editorial, Environmental. FINALIST WITH HONORABLE MENTION at the SIENA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS storyboard category, FINALIST NOMINEE at the FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (FAPA 2015) portraits category, FINALIST NOMINEE at the FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (FAPA 2015) Photojournalism category. THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS MONOCHROME AWARDS 2015 IPA WINNER 2016 SECOND PLACE DEEPER PERSPECTIVE IPA WINNER 2016 SECOND PLACE EDITORIAL OTHER . IPA WINNER THIRD PLACE DEEPER PERSPECTIVE. IPA PHILIPPINES 2016 GOLD MEDAL, SILVER MEDAL, TWO BRONZE MEDALS. 2016 TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (TIFA) 1 GOLD MEDAL, 2 BRONCE MEDALS AND 3 HONORABLE MENTIONS. 2017 IPA CLIMATE CHANGE BRONZE MEDAL. IPOTY AWARDS 3 HONORABLE MENTIONS. MONOCHROME AWARDS 5 HONORABLE MENTIONS.PRIX DE PARIS 2017 2 SILVER MEDALS 3 BRONZE MEDALS, MIFA AWARDS 2017 1 SILVER MEDAL 2 BRONZE MEDALS