Burning the Devil

PhotographerYan Li
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryPhoenix, United States
Photo DateMay 2017
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 in 2012. His solid knowledge of technologies, engineering and industry makes him understand what is transforming people’s lifestyles in the Information Age. He has the passion of traveling worldwide to admire the diversities on earth which are unfortunately facing challenges during the rapid urbanization and globalization. His photographic work focuses on capturing the fleeting moments of human experience, revealing personal stories of peoples, and documenting the fascinating yet vanishing cultures. 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.