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Restaurant worker dazzles with photographic skills

His love of photography led a man from LuangPrabang province to move to Vientiane in hopes of one day making a name for himself by entering his photos in contests and exhibitions.
MrSinxayThavixay, who works full time at the Elephant Restaurant in Vientiane, says that whenever he has time he likes to take photos as this hobby clears his mind after working hard all day.

MrSinxayThavixay poses with his winning photo and certificate after being awarded first prize in the Stunning Vangvieng photo contest.

When he lived in LuangPrabang he learnt how to take photos at a foreign library, where staff  taught techniques to anyone who was interested and keen to learn.
He learned a lot and became quite skilled, eventually offering his services at weddings and private merit-making ceremonies, which enabled him to advertise his talents as well as making some money.
He grew to love photography and for almost eight years has devoted his time to the craft.
He is largely self taught and tried to develop his skills using many sources. While working at the Elephant Restaurant he has used his free time to take photos and put his techniques to the test.
A friend told him about the Stunning Vangvieng photo contest and he decided to enter some of his photos and pit his skills against other photographers in Laos.
The contest offered five categories in which freelance photographers could demonstrate their skills and possibly win a prize.
Sinxay entered his photos in four categories and was absolutely delighted to learn he had won first prize in the tourism category.
His dramatic and colourful photo, titled “Hot Air Balloon Team”, was judged the best entry in this division of the contest, which was organised by the Riverside Boutique Resort to promote tourism in Vangvieng.
His photo is one of almost 30 now on display at an exhibition featuring the other winning photos from each of the five categories, held on the third floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Vientiane.
Sinxay said he never imagined his photo would be chosen as one of the winners as competition was fierce and the other entries were of a very high standard. More than 200 photos were submitted in all.
On the first day of the photo exhibition, the judges announced the winners and he was immensely satisfied to hear that one of his entries had won the tourism category.
The first prize was indeed a first in his life and he felt that all the years of care and practice had been worthwhile. He views the accolade as a step up to a higher level and hopes it will enable him to go on to bigger and better things in the field of photography. 
He is interested in setting up his own gallery and plans to further develop his skills. He would like to use his talents to publicise Lao traditions, culture and tourism among foreigners and the general public, so that they see the beauty of Laos through a different lens.
Sinxay dreams of taking photos that tell the story of Laos’ villages, districts and provinces and capture local lifestyles and traditions.
He is especially interested in portraying the lifestyle of the people of LuangPrabang and would like to take pictures that reflect local activities and culture, and especially the region’s captivating and intriguing tourist attractions and stunning landscapes. He hopes to preserve the special characteristics of each village so that visitors can learn through his photos.

By SisouphanAmphonephong
(Latest Update May 11, 2017)


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