POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Daily Life

First Place

Demetrius Freeman / Freelance
“Little Sun Girls”

Second Place

Qiang Li / Freelance
“Orphan Monks in Myanmar”

Third Place

Søren Bidstrup / Berlingske
“USA 6”

Award of Excellence

Stephanie Keith / Reuters
“Sacred Lakota Ride”

Award of Excellence

Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press
“Message from Dad”

Award of Excellence

Amnon Gutman / Freelance
“To Be At Peace”

Second Place: Qiang Li, Freelance

Second Place

“Orphan Monks in Myanmar”

The pre-school kids are playing by themselves in the “kindergarten room” in the morning, while elder kids are having class in another room. Climbing the iron fence is their favorite game. In Bagan City, Myanmar, it is the biggest temple that receives orphans from all over Myanmar, especially in northern area. Their parents died from war, genocide, and drugs.

There are 136 monks in total. The youngest kid is 2 and half years old. The monks will live and study in the temple until 18 years old, or stay in the temple for their whole life.