Anonymous Burmese photographer risked life for prize-winning photo

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(Image credit: Visa Pour l'Image)

A Burmese photographer who captured a powerful image of Myanmar's 'Spring Revolution' has won a top award at the French photojournalism festival Visa Pour l’Image. Due to security reasons, the photographer chose to stay anonymous during this turbulent time. 

Supported by The French Ministry of Culture, the biggest annual festival of photojournalism took place on 04 September in Perpignan, South West France. The €8,000 award was accepted on the photographer’s behalf by Mikko Takkunen, the Asia photo editor for The New York Times.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.