22.03.2019 Kyaw Kyaw Winn

Personal Best vol.19 | Kyaw Kyaw Winn

Kyaw Kyaw Winn

Kyaw Kyaw Winn has been an enthusiastic photographer for more than two decades. His passion in photography was ignited after attending his first introductory photography course while he was still in middle school in 1998 and after 17 years, a passion became a profession. Now Kyaw Kyaw is one of Myanmar’s most respected and awarded photographers.
Kyaw Kyaw writes many photography and travel photography articles for the local magazines and journals. His photographs have appeared on the covers of publications internationally. Since 2007 he has won over 500 awards in both local and international photo contests. Most of them, Grand Prizes from ‘Smithsonian USA’, China, Thailand and Gold Prizes from Korea, China, Cyprus. First Prizes from Thailand, USA, Singapore, Nepal, Philippine, England and Japan. He was also specially invited to participate in the JENESYS Program held in Tokyo, Japan in 2008. He lived three months in there and participated in this program together with other artists from over the world. Recently he won “Grand Prize in the 9th International Photographic Contest of Change” Thailand. He also participate in many special photo programs such as “7 days in Myanmar Multi media program, 2013”, “ The International Photographer and writer Thailand, 2013”. “ASEAN Eye Culture, Thailand 2014”.


  • XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR


My profession is “Travel Photographer” and I also love to participate in international photo contests. In 2015, I changed to FUJIFILM X system from other DSLRs system for my traveling. I needed to reduce the weight of camera and equipment in my travel, but at the same time I needed the best image quality. I also love the unique design of FUJIFILM X cameras and the color of Fujifilm. With the FUJIFILM cameras, I captured more photos in my travel and won many prizes in international photo contests.

Let me present “one of my International Prize Winning photo” and how I captured this photo in the low light.

I shot this photo in the local traditional hot air balloon festival in Myanmar. It is not easy to capture photos in this festival because everybody in the festival is moving under the low light of night time. I can only get the lighting from the candle light. It is not easy to use the tripod and I needed to shoot handheld. This is why I needed the fast lenses and cameras with good performance in high ISO. FUJIFILM X cameras and FUJINON XF Lenses helped me and I captured these nice photos in the festival, as I wanted.

X-T2 with XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, 1/75 sec, F2.8, ISO 800

Here the link of photo contest result.

When I captured the photo in this festival, I also used Star filter and other kind of filters. Because I wanted to submit my photo in the International Filter Photo Contest held in Japan in 2018. Finally the photo above won the KT special prize.

X-T2 with XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, 1/60 sec, F2.8, ISO 800

Here are my other photos from the traditional hot air balloon festival in Myanmar. I used wide F2.8 aperture for this photo so I can use higher shutter speed 1/60 sec and can freeze the action of people in the festival.

X-T2 with XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, 1/50 sec, F2.8, ISO 800

X-T2 with XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, 1/80 sec, F2.8, ISO 800

For all photos above, I used only one body and one lens.

I love the FUJINON XF prime lenses, but the XF zoom lenses are more useful for me. Because I can’t carry many prime lenses when I travel for photo shooting. My favorite XF zoom lenses are the XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR and the XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR.

I hope to see XF fisheye lens in the future. I also need a fisheye for my creation and travel photography. I can present the point of view with Fisheye lens.

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