Red Shirt protest, Bangkok, Thailand, 2010.
Bangkok-based Athit Perawongmetha is an award-winning photographer with many years experience in news, features and documentaries.
In 2010, he was selected to exhibit at the Visa Pour L’ Image in Perpignan, France and was nominated for the Visa d’Or Award in the News category.
More awards followed in 2011. These included 1st place in the Spot News category and the Award of Excellence in Issue Reporting Picture Story at the 68th Annual Freelance Picture of the Year competition; 2nd General News at the China International Press Photo Contest; 2nd International News Picture Story from the National Press Photographers Association and 3rd for his photo story exhibited at the 7th Japan International Photojournalism Awards.
In 2012, Athit won National Geographic Thailand’s top honour for his report on the nuclear exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan. He was also selected as “Photographer of the Year 2011” by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand and won the special Jury Prize at the 8th Japan International Photojournalism Awards.