The Spiritual Flame

PhotographerYan Li
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

In the festival of Buddha Jayanti, Nepali young monks were marching in the city of Bhaktapur to commemorate the Buddha’s birthday. As a traditional part of Buddhist rituals, the flames of burning candles symbolize the enlightenment of the Buddha. The march with lit candles is also to remind people the teaching of Buddha, while praying peace, health and harmony. Although many of the historic temples were destroyed by the massive earthquake in 2015, the religious faith has been remaining in this heritage city.

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.