/ 2018 / Portraiture / Culture

Tattooed Chin Ladies, Myanmar

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Culture
  • Photographer
    Frank Lynch
  • Website

In the remote hills of Rakhine State, tribeswomen from neighbouring Chin State can be
found living in small villages. Most of the older women in these villages have their faces
tattooed with wonderful designs. There are different theories as to why the women have
these remarkable tattoos. One legend has it that when a Burmese king travelled to the
region, he was so taken by the women’s beauty that he kidnapped one to take as his wife.
Because of this, Chin families began to tattoo their daughters to ensure they would not be
taken away. Another story tells that during times of war the women were tattooed to
destroy their good looks, in the hope of deterring soldiers from raping and abusing them . . .

Frank Lynch is from Dublin, Ireland and is currently living in Brig, Switzerland. He works in graphic design and takes photographs as a counter-balance to the stresses of the graphics business.

Frank is a non-professional photographer.

Awards WINNER State of the World 2019

BRONZE – PX3, Portraits, 2018

Honourable Mention – PX3, Fine Art, 2018

GOLD, WINNER OF PX3 – Prix de la Photographie Paris, RED, 2016

SILVER, PX3 – Prix de la Photographie Paris, Nature/Water, 2016

1st: Public Choice – PX3 Paris, Portrait Culture, 2016

9 Honourable Mentions, PX3 – Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2016