I spent the past week in Hong Kong wandering the streets in search of food, neon lighting, and air-conditioned public transportation. But I also spent an evening at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards ceremony where, much to my surprise and delight, I was awarded an Honourable Mention for Excellent in Photography for the cockfighting story published in Frontier Myanmar last year.
It was an honor and a pleasure to be awarded for work that I had done while interning for Frontier Myanmar, but perhaps what I was most proud of was the fact that there could be at least one woman on stage, accepting an award for photography in an ever male-domianted field.
Yet what I am continuously most grateful for is the incredible team at Frontier Myanmar that works against the odds to provide in-depth and fair coverage of the plethora of issues that face Myanmar, as well as the patience, support, and kindness they show me ever day.
I have a feeling that not every editor would let their intern run off to illegal gambling rings and then decide to later hire her back as an editor a few months later, but I'm grateful every day that I found the people who would. Here's to another year of early morning, long days, and late nights of chasing stories across the country.