Photo depicting elderly woman’s struggle takes top prize in contest

A first prize winning  photo of  Rita Khin reflects the difficulties of an old woman who has to earn her living like a man.
A first prize winning photo of Rita Khin reflects the difficulties of an old woman who has to earn her living like a man.

The non-profit Gender Equality Network on Saturday announced the winners of its photo documentary contest held in March with the aim of bringing gender issues into focus.
Nine prizewinners, six women and three men, were selected from a field of more than 16 entrants.
First prize went to Daw Rita Khin, second to Daw Myat Thandar Oo and third to Daw Seng Mai. U Arkar Tun Kyaw seized two special prizes while the remaining award went to Daw Saw Wuttmon. Theme prizewinners were U Tun Tun Zaw, Daw Yee Mon Oo and U Thein Naing.
The GEN will present K700,000 to the first prizewinner, K500,000 for second and K300,000 for third at a ceremony to be held in June in Yangon, with three theme prizewinners to each receive K100,000, and the special prizewinners to receive K50,000.
First prizewinner Rita Khin is a freelance photographer and a member of GEN.
“I took this photo when I was on tour to Thantaunggyi of Kayin State when I accidently saw a 70-year-old woman with a basket full of fire woods inside, making a descent down the hill,” she said, describing her winning entry.
She said her photo depicted the daily struggle of an elderly woman and the difficulties face by women who have to earn their livings like men, she added.
“The award-winning photos will be used in the GEN’s books and publications as well as in its social and cultural norms research, which is expected to be released in September,” Daw Nilar Tun, GEN’s Steering Committee member, told the media at a press conference in Yangon.
This is first time the GEN has organized the photo contest with the aim of ensuring that people know the different impacts of culture and social influences on both males and females through photos, she said.
The NPO plans to conduct a gender-focused photo competition and a photo essay and journalism training this year, she added.
Gender Equality Network was established in 2008 as a women’s organization.

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