Soe Zeya Tun

An ethnic Rakhine with homemade weapons. Sittwe, Myanmar, 2012.

Photojournalist Soe Zeya Tun was a print reporter for many years before picking up a camera in 2007 at the start of the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar. This enabled him to both write and photograph the revolution as he recorded history in the making as an underground journalist and blogger.

In 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar and more than 130,000 people died. Again, Soe Zeya Tun used his writing and photographic skills to bring the disaster to the attention of the world. He became a full-time photojournalist in 2009 and is working for Reuters, where he covers daily life and political events.

Soe Zeya Tun was a finalist in the Reuters ‘Photojournalist of the Year’ Competition in 2012, won ‘The Best Photo Essay’ award at the Freedom Film Festival 2012, and was awarded a special prize from Myanmar’s Ambassador of France at the 2013 Yangon Photo Festival.