Photo exhibit highlights wetlands conservation

By Nyein Ei Ei Htwe
Volume 31, No. 612
January 30 - February 5, 2012

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi admires the photographs at the ‘Living Together with Wetlands’ exhibition at Royal Rose Hall on January 27.
Pic: Thet Htoo

AN exhibition of nature photographs was held last week at Royal Rose Hall in Bahan township to mark World Wetlands Day and to point out the importance of preserving wetland areas.

The exhibition, titled “Living Together with Wetlands” and organised by the Myanmar Bird and Nature Society, featured 140 images of wetland area throughout the country by 21 photographers.

The opening of the exhibition on January 27 was attended by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who said in a speech that the natural beauty of Myanmar could rival that of any country in the world, but she feared that its splendour might someday disappear if steps were not taken to protect it.

She also praised the ability of the photographers who took part in the exhibition.

“Myanmar people are very enthusiastic about the power of art, and they can do it very well. In addition to having an artist’s sense, photographers must know how to hold the camera, know about lighting and composition, so it is not easy to take pictures,” she said.

“I appreciate all the photos on exhibit here, all of which are outstanding and show the beauty of nature with great skill.”

U Soe Nyunt, head of the Myanmar Bird and Nature Society, said the photos in the exhibit were all taken in the past 10 years, some as recently as December. Most of them show the relationship between people and wetlands.

He said photographers would donate proceeds from the sale of the photos to the society, to be used for the organisation of environmental fairs.

Photographer Sein Myo Myint contributed seven images to the exhibit, showing the lifestyles of people along the Ayeyarwady River and among the mangrove forests of Lamphi Island in Myeik Archipelago, Tanintharyi Region.

“We can’t see the scenes by reading, so we take pictures and show how our wetlands have deteriorated over the years,” he said, adding: “Wetlands are very important because they support local populations with drinking water and food.”

World Wetlands Day will be observed globally on February 2.