Contest Winners

View the winning entries of the 1st ASEAN Culture and Tourism Photo Contest. Congratulations to all the winners!

1st Prize : Naing Tun Latt

Water Festival
During Thingyan Festival in New Year, people are playing with water. Myanmar people clean dirty things with water at the Festival.

2nd Prize : Kyaw Kyaw Winn

Beautiful Waterfall in Myanmar
To present wonder and beauty of Myanmar to the world, I captured the people at Taw Kyal Waterfall located in Shan State of Myanmar.


Children of Tibiao
Children of Tibiao are enjoying the Kawa warm bath. Kawa is a giant pan, used for cooking during the festivals. The warmed Kawa, filled with water and herbs, offers a nice therapeutic and relaxing dip, which is becoming a tourist attraction in Tibiao.

Special Country Award

Royal Embassy of Cambodia : 홍승환

Amazing Angkor Wat
Early in the morning, at the entrace to Angkor Watt. Fragrance of unique soil of Cambodia are spreading over warm sunshine.

Royal Embassy of Cambodia : 황성빈

On the Way Home
It was so impressive to see people going back to home across the Tonle Sap Lake during the sunset, making the sunset scene ever more beautiful.

Indonesian Embassy : Gerdie Hutomo Nurhadi

Lok Baintan Floating Market
The bustling floating market of Lok Baintan. Some merchants are still using bartrer system rather than using money. The merchants here sell many kinds of fruit, vegetables, meat, and traditional snacks.

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board : Muhd Rushdi

Searching Etok-Etok
Etok-etok is one of the shell species that can be found in Terengganu River in Malaysia. Most of the Kelantan people in Malaysia collect and eat this. I captured this guy collecting Etok-etok at the River in the afternoon.

Myanmar Embassy : winth yee mon

Village Bridge
Missing my birthplace, I captured the nature of village that I love in the morning of the winter.

Philippine Department of Tourism : Jophel Botero Ybiosa

Performers at Aliwan Festival
Cultural performers at Aliwan Festival in Manila, Philippines.

Singapore Tourism Board : 김혜진

Taste of Singapore
People, eating and chatting, in the blue smoke.

Tourism Authority of Thailand : 김설자

In the eve of Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, monks at the Wat Phan Tao Temple started to practice asceticism. Young monks seem very innocent.

3rd Prize

  • Beautiful Night View of the Petronas Twin Towers  오흥국
    Photo of the Petronas Twin Tower during my trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nightview and music fountain was so beautful and enjoyable. In particular, it was nice to learn that one of the Towers was built by Korean companies.

  • Mount Bromo  Arthur Teng Gin Wah
    No other place on earth has a larger concentration of active volcanoes than East Java, Indonesia. White smoke spewing from Mount Bromo, one of the best known and most active volcanoes, with Mount Batok in the foreground.

  • Life between Earth and Sky  JOBERT C. ESPINO
    Lake Sebu is a major source of fishing industry in the Philippines, as fishes are flewing from the Lake to other provinces. Beautiful natural scene is one of the main reasons why tourists are attracted. Tourists experience the lake cruise and enjoy Tilapia fish menus served here. Lake Sebu has three lakes but the Lake in Lahit is the most well-preserved lake.

  • Winter Morning  Hla Aung
    Early winter morning view from Myin Mu hill at Myin Mu village near Pindaya township in southern shan state of Myanmar.

  • Vientiane, Close to the Sky  강민정
    Beauty of Vientiane, seen from the historical site. It felt like I stood in the middle of sky and land. Gentle breeze and sparkling warm sunshine. Strong but soft first impression of Lao PDR.

  • Having Fun in Blue Lagoon  지민호
    People having fun in the waters of Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng.

  • An Art Piece of Singapore  노상래
    You come across many photos of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel when searching about Singapore. Without a doubt, it truly is a magnificiant landmark. The view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in person appeared to me as an art figure.

  • Waiting Monk  Myo Thuya Tun
    Novice are waiting horse wheel

  • Myanmar Farmers  Myo Min Kywe
    Myanmar farmers work at their farm in the winter morning.

  • Lightning Rainbow  Minn Chan Soe
    The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow.

  • Going back home  min min tun
    Mother and son are going back to home.

  • Huge Buddha Images   Kyaw Kyaw Winn
    I found the Buddhist monk near the Huge Buddha Images of Monywar in Myanmar.

  • Hinduism in Malaysia  정기홍
    Thaipusam, an annual Hindu festival, is widely celebrated by the Hindu communities in Malaysia. The most famous festival takes place at the Batu Caves located near in Kuala Lumpur. The Festival attracts over a million people each year at the Batu Cave, where a large number of devotees head towards the Murugan temple in procession carrying the Kavadi, the vehicle of Lord Murugan.

  • Faith and Devotion of Filipinos  min min tun
    The Feast of Black Nazarene is a grand religious celebration of Filipino devotees every January in Manila, Philippines. Devotees believe that their wish can be granted or a miracle can happen once they touch the Black Nazarene during the grand procession

  • Sea Ngaben Ceremony  Andy Surya Laksana
    Ngaben or Cremation Ceremony, is the burial ritual performed by the Hindus in the Island of Bali to send the deceased to the next life. The body of the deceased will be placed as if sleeping, and the family will continue to treat the deceased as a bed. No tears were shed, because the deceased was only a temporary absence and will be reincarnated or find the rest at the end of Moksha (liberation from the cycle of reincarnation and death). On the day of the ceremony, the body of the deceased is placed in a coffin, which will be placed in a sarcophagus resembling a buffalo or in the temple structure container made from wood pulp and called Bade. Bade is then borne to the cremation site in a procession, which almost never goes in a straight line to confuse evil spirits and keep them away from the deceased. The climax of cremation is burning sarcophagus containing the body of the deceased. Fire is seen as necessary to free the spirit from the body and activate reincarnation. In the Island of Nusa Penida, Southern island of Bali, Ngaben is also performed by the islanders. Residents of two villages in the Island, perform the ceremony on the seafront, so it's called Sea Ngaben. What diffirentiate Sea Ngaben Ceremony from Ngaben is a bade rituals using the White Lion and it's all done on the seafront. Sea Ngaben Ceremony has been only done by these two villages for last 5 years.

  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei  Syukri Zulkipli
    The view of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque during dawn. This mosque was named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei. The mosque combines Mughal architecture and Malay styles with a prominent main dome, which is made out of pure gold.

  • Cleaning after Eating  min min tun
    Novice are cleaning after eating lunch.

  • People and their Daily Lives  Myo Win
    Most of the people living in Bali, Indonesia are Hindus. When I went there, I saw an old Hindu man praying and reciting words while shaking a small bell. It was very intereting to see them paying homage to their culture inside the famous temple, widely known as the Holy Water Temple.

  • Learning  Myo Thuya Tun
    Novice reading a book in a Buddhist temple.

  • Silence  Myo Thuya Tun
    Novice is praying.

  • Myanmar Girls  Myo Min Kywe
    Little girls in Myanmar are participating in traditional festival.

  • Bull Carts  Myo Min Kywe
    This picture was taken in a traditional novitiation ceremony of Myanmar near Mandalay city. Mynamar people go around with their beautiful bull of carts in this ceremony.

  • Little Buddhist Novice  Mar Lar Winn
    I found this Little Buddhist novice near the old building inTaunggu city, Myanmar

  • Ratoh Jaroe Dancer  Gerdie Hutomo Nurhadi
    Thousands of Ratoh Jaroe Dancer is preparing to dance. Ratoh Jaroe Dance is a dance to praise Allah, and was originated from Aceh, Indonesia

  • Indramayu Mask Maker  Gerdie Hutomo Nurhadi
    An traditional Indramayu Mask Maker is making mask for "Tari Topeng" Dancers. He also makes traditional Wayang that can be played by a Dalang. A Wayang performer tells a traditional story using wayang, sometimes also modern tale.

  • A Padaung Kitchen  Arthur Teng Gin Wah
    A Padaung mother with her toddler son in the kitchen.

  • Thailand's Streetfood  LE Thuy Tien
    Thailand's Streetfood

  • Flag bearers at 2017 Brunei's National Day March  Zul Abdul Rahman
    Flag bearers getting ready during Brunei's National Day 2017 as they are about to march pass before His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam

  • Cleaning Bicycle  min min tun
    Two Children are cleaning bicycle at U Pain bridge.

  • A Rainbow Maker  Dang Vuong Anh
    A fisher man on a normal working day. What he created was a masterpiece of colors.

  • Life  Minn Chan Soe
    This is one of the Myanmar team-work game which is yearly the whole Myanmar celebrate in Myanmar Independent day on Jan 4th.

  • Bromo Horseman  Arthur Teng Gin Wah
    A horseman in Bromo warmed himself by a camp fire. The temperature in Bromo drops at night and specifically cold at dawn.

  • Trails of Life  정연유
    I tried to depict a tradition of Lao DPR through this shot. The lady said that she was on her way to the temple with her offerings. Giving and sharing, I think those describe the life of Lao people.

  • Innocence  황정숙
    I had a chance to watch an elephant show with my daughter who studied in Thailand as an exchange student. Seeing an elephant roll up an innocent boy with his trunk, I quickly clicked the shutter. An image of lively scene of an elephant and a happy-looking kid still lingers in my mind.

  • Thai Hill-tribe Girl  박청혁
    A beautiful girl from indigenous Thai Hill-tribe in Chiang Rai. Smile of the girl, with the beautiful flower in her back, is still fresh in my memory.

  • Start of The Day  Thandar Soe
    These people are always going together to their factory in the morning. They are living in the village tract where is without line bus. So they usually use compound track everyday.

  • Balancing  Phan My Binh
    Boat cave tours are what put Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex on the map for tourists globally. Thanks to the complex, hundreds of local people have become employed as coxswains to take visitors across the system of caves, valleys and temples. However, low wages and infrequent tips force them to take on extra jobs to make a living.

  • Toddy brown sugar  Naing tun win
    They made brown sugar from toddy palm juice. Most of the Myanmar traditional foods need brown sugar.

  • The old man smoking  Naing Tun Latt
    An old man is smoking and thinking.

  • People and their Daily Lives  Myo Win
    Inside the temple, people were splashing water on their bodies. By doing self-cleaning with the spring water, all visitors can get fresh feeling and blessings at the same time.

  • Crossing  Myo Cho Si
    Villagers crossing a stream with a cart on the way to a festival

  • Herdsman  min min tun
    A herdsman is going back to his home.

  • Going back home  min min tun
    Women in Kyar Min Gyi Village are going back home after work.

  • Smoke  Dang Vuong Anh
    An old artist is demonstrating how to make Banh Cuon, a traditional Vietnamese dish. Banh Cuon is stuffed pancake.