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Honored My Images Win 2nd Place in Mobile Photo Awards/ARTHAUS Photo Essay Category

I spent two mornings in December getting up before sunrise to watch the goings on at Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda

Yesterday the Mobile Photo Awards announced the results of their ArtHaus Photo Essay Category. I was incredibly thrilled and humbled to learn my Scenes from Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda Images won second place [technically, my essay won 1st runner up].

The images of 1st place winner Melissa Vincent (whose work I’ve gotten to know from the TIME Wireless Identification Project as well as the Grryo (formerly known as We Are Juxt) community) are so gorgeous, I can’t believe that my work will be hanging along side her The Rooms of William Faulkner series  and the Lost Toy Room of the incredibly talented Benamon Tame during a month long exhibit at San Francisco’s ArtHaus Gallery beginning April 5th from 6-8pm.

You can check out a slideshow of the ArtHaus Photo Essay Winners and honorable mentions here. I’d like to thank ArtHaus gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz as well as Dan Berman of the Mobile Photo Awards for including my work in the show. I’m quite frankly blown away.

This photo essay is a result of two mornings in December starting before dawn at Shewedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar (Formerly known as Burma). Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda is the focal point of Buddhist life in Post-Saffron Revolution Myanmar. Shwedagon Pagoda is the best known site in this formerly isolated country. Complete with shiny golden domes and blinged out Buddhas, some locals visit Shwedagon on a daily basis making their morning offerings. The monks, the locals and groups of Buddhist pilgrims chanting in unison were just some of the things that captured my eye during my visit.