Working Nepalese: Sherpa Guide, Gokyo Ri Summit, Everest Region, Nepal

CompanyKristin Lau Photography
PhotographerKristin Lau
PrizePortraiture / Culture
Entry Description

The Everest Region, located in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal, is one of the highest places in the world that man can climb. It remains one of the few places that man cannot dominate, but can triumph. To live in harmony with mother nature, he has learned to adapt to the extreme conditions of life in the Himalayas. "Working Nepalese" explores manís desire and innate curiosity to push beyond the realms of his physical boundaries and do what it takes to live, work and survive. This region is home to Mount Everest located at an elevation of 8,848 meters; the highest in the world.

About Photographer

Kristin Lau is a Toronto-based photographer from Queens, New York. She's focused on social documentary, portraiture and the environment. Kristin seeks out stories that raise awareness about the environment to evoke positive change for the natural world and its inhabitants. With roots in Hong Kong and living close to 10-years overseas, Kristin has gained an appreciation for diverse cultures and developed a strong passion for outdoor pursuits, nature and the underwater world. She is a PADI Open Water Scuba diving Instructor, AIDA Freediver, Emergency First Response Instructor, IYT Competent Crew in sailing, martial artist, and mountaineer. Kristin is a contributor for The Huffington Post. Her work has recently been exhibited at the COP21 - Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Legacy Exhibition, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2016, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2015 and SNAP! 2015 Contemporary Photography Silent Auction. Kristin has been featured in ASIAN Geographic Magazine and CHLOE Magazine. She was recently awarded a Silver Place in the Prix De la Photographie (PX3) Competition for her series on Nepalese Workers. She is a graduate of the photojournalism post-graduate program at the SPEOS Photographic Institute in Paris, France. She also holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and Communications with a management adjunct in Business Finance from Binghamton University in New York.