In last week’s Newsletter, I included the poster of January’s Monthly Theme: “We are inspired and inspirational, striving to improve ourselves and others.”
It was recently announced that the photo of the Royal Crematorium above, taken by Tialf (Year 10), won the Students' Choice category in the NAE Photographers of the Year Competition, voted for by hundreds of students from around the world. Tialf’s winning photo is, fittingly, the photo used for December in the 2019 NAE Photographers of the Year Calendar, which you can download here.
As you will see, Tialf describes the photo on the calendar as follows:
“This picture was taken on December 28th, 2017 at the Royal Crematorium for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The image contained a structure known as Phra Meru Mas that lies beneath the twilight sky. It was the last opportunity to pay our respects to our beloved King. His work and dedication to his people and country represents the strongest institution in Thailand.”
I spoke to Tialf, who is studying IGCSE Photography, to find out more about this photograph and what he is inspired by, and think that he is also an excellent example of a student who is Inspirational to other, especially younger, students.
“It was a rare opportunity to witness such an essential, historical structure of Thai culture. I was amazed by all the details and history. I planned to take these pictures during the twilight sky. To me this picture represents a sense of sadness that Thai people mourned for their beloved King and at the same time reminded me of how important he was for Thailand."