Award of Excellence

Watsamon Tri-yasakda
Women Photograph
Thailand

“If Today Were Bangkok Pride, ...” is my latest conceptual work in response to "United Love: Documenting Pride in Asia". Thailand is viewed as 'the paradise' for the LGBTQ community. But in reality, there is still neither equal marriage nor Bangkok Pride. Since the first time I attended Pride in other cities, I have always wondered what Pride in Bangkok, my own hometown, would be like — all the love, smiles, and tears shared during the event. I have been dreaming of seeing the Pride flag on a Bangkok street. As Pride Month was approaching, I decided to transform my own imaginary Pride of Bangkok into reality. People from different groups who have contributed to the LGBTQ community in many aspects—social movement, human rights, politics, and entertainment— have joined together to express themselves as if today were Bangkok Pride 2021.

Watsamon Tri-yasakda, also known as “June” (she/her) is a Thai queer photographer and visual storyteller. She has been actively documenting issues of human rights for the LGBTQ community in Thailand and Southeast Asia for over six years. In 2019, she was listed in Time Out’s “Bangkok-based LGBTQ figures you should know right now” along with prominent LGBTQ people whose works help improve Thai society’s understanding of the community in their field. She is a member of “Women Photograph”. Her works have been published and featured in local and international publications such as Financial Times, DER SPIEGEL, and Washington Post. Previously, she worked as a full-time photographer for THE STANDARD for over three years. Her photo works on the LGBTIQ community have been exhibited in over 15 cities around the world.
[ PORTRAITS ] A single photograph of a person or group of people that increases the understanding and appreciation of the subject(s). Selfies or self-portraits are acceptable. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2021.
Judges for Portraits
Anush Babajanyan
Liang-Pin Tsao
Nyimas Laula
Samuel He
Jean Chung
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