International Photo Awards recognition

Great to have been recognised at this year’s International Photography Awards, with my picture of the “Meeting on the bridge” outside Mandalay, Myanmar getting an Honorable Mention. 2017 International Photo Awards.

Myanmar is a fascinating country ( facing a number of challenges at the moment ) with a huge number of historic sights and well worth a visit with much of the tourism in regions well away from the contentious borders. Mandalay and this bridge are better known for dramatic sunset shots. However, sitting by the bridge as the dawn sky brightened, watching the morning procession of traders, monks, school children, tourists and families going from one side of the lake to the other, I was pleased to catch this ‘meeting’ with a young child passing a monk coming in the other direction. Underneath in the water a passing fishing boat happened to rest at just the right point between the posts.

Monk and boy meet on the U-Bein Bridge with a boat below, in Mandalay, Myanmar. U Bein Bridge is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1.2-kilometre bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. (Christopher Reeves/TravelSnapper : Christopher Reeves Photography)

The U Bein bridge is 11 kilometres south of Mandalay, it is a beautiful 1.2 kilometre-long structure built from teak planks and said to be the longest of its type in the world. In 1857, when the capital moved from nearby Amarapura to Mandalay, the local mayor (named U Bein) salvaged wood from pieces of the dismantled teak palace and reconstructed it into this magnificent bridge.

Photo details: Canon EOS 5D MkIII, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, 1/80 at f/10, Gitzo Traveller GT2545T tripod

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