The Spiritual Flame

PhotographerYan Li
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryPhoenix, United States
Photo DateMay 2017
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 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.