Hkun Lat

2019 Highly Commended

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The Peace House

“The Peace House” is a project that documents a place where something extraordinary happens: opponents from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Myanmar military, unlike other frontlines, are sharing their lives in a no man’s land. On the top of a mountain, 20-meters away from each other, these men have built a hut together called “The Peace House”. Witnessing this eye-opening situation inspired Lat to document and share this spark of hope of peace.

About the Photographer

Hkun Lat (b. 1996) is a documentary photographer from Myanmar. His career in photography began in 2011 after the civil war broke out again in Kachin State, Northern Myanmar. He started working as a freelance photojournalist. Two years later, at the age of seventeen, Lat began to make work on the Kachin conflict for news agencies and international non-government organizations, such as WWF, UNHCR, UNFAO, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and UNOCHA. Lat is a former stringer photojournalist at AP Images. Hkun Lat is a three times award winner, two 1st Prize and 2nd Prize, at the annual Yangon Photo Festival.