The Others

PhotographerSai Htin Linn Htet
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Since I was young, I see the world as a very complicated place, a big paradox. I am always curious about what would be the other side of the story. I come from the mixed racial background of Bamar and Shan ethic group of Myanmar. Both sides don't accept me as theirs and I feel the same. I feel trapped in this realistic yet unrealistic world. I can't really fit in anywhere because of my weird personality, being an introvert. Photography helps me to express my feeling and it becomes a bridge between me and the society. I somehow reconnect with the world but not directly till today. I happen to take these candid reflection photos to portray how I feel as an outsider and a black sheep. The “others” are me because I see myself in other people.

About Photographer

Sai Htin Linn Htet was born in a chronic conflict area, Shan State, Myanmar in 1991. His own photographic work has focused on several subjects from covering pollution, migration, peacebuilding, human rights, animal rights pluralism issues and the aftermath of war. In 2015, with the collaboration of International Foundation for Electoral System, Union Election Committee, Institute for Political and Civic Engagement, and World Learning, his national level works were emphasized on various issue of Myanmar general election 2015 including voter education, disability inclusion and "Get out the vote" campaign. Sai is recognized as the winner of Yangon First Foto Marathon Contest 2014. His documentary photo-essay about animal rights was selected by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairman of the Jury as one of the best photo-essays of 7th Yangon Photo Festival 2015. Sai is a recipient of the Grand & Prestigious Photographers of 2015 featured with 121 clicks. He was selected as the finalist with photo-essay about disability rights for 8th Yangon Photo Festival 2016 under Professional category. He again was awarded by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with his work under professional category at the recent 9th Yangon Photo Festival 2017. He won the First Place at My Yangon My Home, Yangon Art & Heritage Festival, 2017. He is a cofounder of Shanti Production and “First” Project which is giving photos as a gift to the people who do not have much chance to have a printed photo of their own in their life. His artwork is exhibited in many areas including Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) Channel, Hong Kong University, 121clicks and Huffington Post. He has been providing Peace Education Courses to politicians, civil society organizations, activists and youths from all over the country with the desire of motivating people to involve in peacebuilding process of Myanmar. His vision is to integrate his peacebuilding and photography expertise to help resolving ongoing multidimensional conflicts of Myanmar.