Burning the Devil

PhotographerYan Li
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

In the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, locals set fire to burn the demon dummy made of wheat straw. This is a Nepali festival called Ghantakarna Chaturdasi to celebrate the defeat of the mythical demon Ghantakarna, who used to steal children and women from their homes and their neighborhoods. In this day, people also act out the legendary drama and perform rituals on the streets. Like many of other Nepali festivals, it is an example of the victory of good over evil.

About Photographer

Originally being educated as an engineer, Yan Li received his Ph.D. degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX in 2012. In his journeys around the world, Dr. Li focuses on interacting with locals, gaining deep insight into the society, and capturing the fascinating yet vanishing cultures. He shares his photography portfolios to highlight the challenges which our culture diversity is facing during the rapid urbanization and globalization. He is the winner and finalist of various prestigious awards, including the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) and the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.