Honorable Mention / 2020 / Press / Travel/Tourism

Monk

  • Photographer
    Joao Miguel Barros
  • Credit
    João Miguel Barros

Bhutan is a mysterious country, nestled in the Himalayas, which protects its ancestral traditions and cultures. One of the characteristics that stresses the most attentive traveler is the high level of education that exists among young people. In this regard, monasteries play an important role, welcoming many young people who are subject to a rigorous life and dedicated to the study of religion and knowledge.
The image was made in a small town, during a local show, and is part of a larger work called “Buthan Stories”.

João Miguel Barros was born in 1958, in Lisbon, Portugal.
He is a Lawyer by profession, in Lisbon and Macau.
He was co-director of the SEMA culture and visual arts magazine published in Lisbon between 1979 and1982.
In 2017 began to exhibit his photography work, with individual exhibitions at “Creative Macau - Center for Creative Industries”, Macau (Feb. 2017) and at “Museu Berardo”, Belem Cultural Center, Lisbon, Portugal (from Feb. to Aug. 2018). He has participated in several group exhibitions.
He published two photobooks: “Between Gaze and Hallucination” (self-published) in 2018

Awards - Selected artist of YICCA - International Contest of Contemporary Art, Milan, 2017/18, with a photo for the project “Tribute”.
- 3º Award in the category “Press” of the Prix de la Photographie (PX3), Paris, with the project “Blood, Sweat and Tears”
- 1º Award in the category “Editorial / Sports (Non-Prof.) of the International Photography Awards, 2018, New York, with the project “Blood, Sweat and Tears”.
- Honorable Mention in the category “People: Other” of the ND Awards 2018, with the project “Tribute”.
- Honorable Mention in the category “Nature: Trees” of the ND Awards 2018, with the project “Loneliness Tree”.