Honorable Mention / 2018 / Press / General News

Life Goes On

  • Photographer
    Yan Li

Nepal had a massive earthquake in the year of 2015. The Kathmandu
Valley was one of the hardest hit areas, with the shock waves bringing
homes and temples crashing to the ground. Now it has been two
years since the disaster, but unfortunately life in the Kathmandu
Valley is far from being normal. Tourism, a key money-earner for
Nepal, has failed to revive, causing the government to reduce funds
for reconstructions of homes and ancient temples. Many of the locals,
who are still living in temporary accommodation, have to rebuild their
homes using simple tools without any government help. Despite
hardships, life goes on. Children have been back to school, culture-rich
wedding are held in local communities, and religious rituals are taken
place at the base of temple ruins etc.

Originally being educated as an engineer, Yan Li received his Ph.D. degree in 2012. His solid knowledge of technologies, engineering and industry makes him understand what is transforming people’s lifestyles in the Information Age. He has the passion of traveling worldwide to admire the diversities on earth which are unfortunately facing challenges during the rapid urbanization and globalization. His photographic work focuses on capturing the fleeting moments of human experience, revealing personal stories of peoples, and documenting the fascinating yet vanishing cultures. He is the winner and finalist of various prestigious awards, including the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) and the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.