The 12th edition of the Angkor Photo Festival enters Siem Reap, bringing amateur and professional photographers together to enhance their skills and share their knowledge.
Whether you're a professional photographer or an amateur looking to sharpen their skills, Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops offers opportunities to all. Grab your camera and your artistic eye, this is one event you won't want to miss.
What started in 2005 as an event to nurture Asian talent, has turned into Southeast Asia's longest-running photography festival which has well and truly put itself on the map. The festival is sponsored by i-qlick and Canon, and holds workshops, exhibitions and discussions. It's a free platform and resource which supports Asian photographers, encouraging photography to become an integral part of the region's charm. Siem Reap is most commonly known as a destination for those visiting the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, but the photography festival gives it a new pull.
Education is a huge part of the festival, with photography-oriented activities at the forefront of what the festival has to offer. Asia's accessible options for education for budding photographers are sparse, and the festival aims to tackle that head-on by providing them for free. 30 participants are chosen for a week-long workshop experience, which offers training, exposure and career advice to hopeful photographers. During this week, attendees are expected to create a story which becomes part of their showcase. 2016's festival sees the likes of Antoine D'Agata, Ian Teh and Newsha Tavakolian supporting the festival as workshop tutors, helping to project the region's best photographers onto an international stage. The atmosphere of the festival is good-natured and friendly, offering an open dialogue between attendees and tutors.
The Anjali House Workshop is running in 2016, and encourages the children of Anjali House to be creative and explore the medium of photography. The children are brought on excursions to learn how to use the cameras and some are encouraged to take them home to document their lives through photography. The photos they take are exhibited on 'children's day' which brings the children together with the rest of the festival.
Previous festivals have seen works surrounding important and poignant topics, such as Vong Sopheak’s project on married couples, and Grace Baey's project examining the relationship between a man and a transgender woman. These are exhibited throughout the city with installations in every space you can imagine.
Come with your artistic hat on, and make sure you bring your camera. If you're lucky you might learn a thing or two from a pro.
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