The Xishuangbanna Photography Festival was held this year on the far side of China, south of Yunnan, along the banks of the Mekong River. This year’s theme was rivers. I was the head of the jury, which awarded a photo series by Suthep Kritsanavarin on fishermen in the Mekong rapids. The jury was unanimous in their selection of this spectacular work. Among the guests invited to the festival, Yann Layma and Patrick Zachmann each presented an exhibition, the former on terraced rice fields in China, the latter on advertisements promising new building sites in Chinese cities. Christophe Loviny, the director of the new Rangoon Photo Festival, was on hand to sign an exchange agreement between the two festivals.
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