Minzayar Oo

Burmese b. 1988~~Minzayar is a Burmese photojournalist and documentary photographer based in his native town city of Yangon. He studied medicine at Yangon University of Medicine until 2011 when he decided to drop the medical career and pursue his personal interest in visually documenting the transition of his country. His first international breakthrough came in 2012 when his image of Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on the front page of the International Herald Tribune on the day after the country's historic by-elections that saw her elected to parliament.

Since then he's been freelancing for international news agencies, newspapers, magazines and NGOs in and around Myanmar. He has covered numerous important stories and issues in Myanmar, including the long-term political, social and economical transition of the country.~~He has also explored the issues surrounding Myanmar's rarely-accessed, billion-dollar jade mining industry in conflict-torn Kachin State. His work has been published in TIME, The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, GEO, 6MOIS, La Repubblica and many other publications. ~~Minzayar has won multiple awards at the Yangon Photo Festival, the China International Press Photo, the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Thailand's Asia-Pacific Photojournalism Contest (2015), Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards (2016) and the Istanbul Photo Awards. In 2016 he was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass, organised by World Press Photo in the Netherlands.

 

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    Small-scale jade miners search a huge pile of rubble,...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    Backhoes (diggers) provided by commercial mining...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    A Buddhist monk, pointing into the huge hole created...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    Illegal miners working by torchlight, going over a...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    Two miners riding a motorbikeare dwarfed by an...

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    Burma ( Myanmar )

    Two women walk across an empty street in Mong...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    Illegal miners working by torchlight, going over a...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    Both seven year old refugee Breng Aung and his...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    Small-scale jade miners search for the precious...

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    Burma ( Myanmar )

    A fish in a tank and a chained up parrot in a shop...

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    Burma ( Myanmar )

    A wildlife product shop in the market of Mong La with...

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    Burma ( Myanmar )

    Bottles of tiger bone wine and a tiger skin on...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    A girl stands amid a crowd waiting for the...

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    Nepal

    Nepalese children on their way back from a makeshift...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    A girl with traditional tha-na-ka paste on her face...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    A team of small-scale miners work in a jade mine....

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    Burma ( Myanmar )

    A car's tail-lights cast a red glow on the faces of...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    Burmese youths dressed as Japanese cartoon characters...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    Noor, a 28-year-old Rohingya woman, closes her eyes...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    A man carries a crow bar, used to break up the...

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    Burma ( Myanmar )

    Tiger paws, tiger penis, pangolin scales and other...

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    Nepal

    A Nepalese family thresh corn to dry in front of...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    A girl fetches water at the Mary Chapman school for...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    Novice Buddhist monks feed birds at the Botahtaung...

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    Nepal

    A boy carries a rack of cotton-candy which is he...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    Rohingya Muslims in a bazaar inside the Rohingya IDP...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    A woman and a girl cross the road in downtown Yangon...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    Boxers practice Myanmar traditional boxing, known as...

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    China

    A trader shows a jade stone, which he estimates to be...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    The eyes of a Burmese girl who has styled herself as...

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    Myanmar ( Burma )

    'Kalar', a tattoo artist at the YKN tattoo studio in...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    A heroin-addicted jade miner lies dead inside his...

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    Myanmar (Burma)

    On a rainy day, freelance jade miners search a slag...

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    Burma ( Myanmar )

    A child soldier from MNDAA (Myanmar National...

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    China

    A Chinese trader inspects a rough jade stone, worth...

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