A.P. Soe – Myanmar
“A.P. is both brilliant and inspiring. Two weeks with him will have your portfolio popping like a string of firecrackers.” – Alastair McNaughton, Nikon Photographer of the Year
Aung Pyae Soe, “A.P.”, first fell in love with photography through landscapes, and cites the great Marc Adamus as his chief inspiration. He’s always working on perfecting his filter and exposure combinations to create his signature look. But make no mistake, he’s an outstanding all around travel photographer as well.
The passionate young National Geographic contributor has shown himself to be a top flight portraitist and travel action shooter as well. In point of fact, it was his brilliant action shot of a mud-splashed ox-cart racer in Indonesia that propelled him to the finals of the world’s most prestigious photo competition — the Hasselblad Masters — and made him the Public Vote Winner! Following numerous regional publications and exhibitions in his hometown of Yangon, (where his father is a longtime producer of Burmese film & TV comedies), Aung went on to win Best Overall Photographer at the Garuda International Photography Competition , (one of the largest in the world at the time) proving once again he is much more than a landscaper! In 2015 he won in the Best People category, making his the only two-time Garuda award winner, ever!
“Since attending a Luminous Journeys photo tour in Myanmar with A.P. Soe, I’ve become so passionate about photography that I started traveling more, trying to apply the valuable techniques I learnt during the tour. People who see my photos sometimes ask me if I’m a professional photographer. This is how much AP helped me improve! I am very grateful to AP for that but also for being such a nice person and friend, it really made the photo tour an absolutely memorable experience that I keep building on day after day.”— Eddie Hui-Bon-Hoa, France
Among his latest accomplishments are record setting Yangon exhibition sales and winning the American Photographic Society’s Silver Award for travel photography. In early 2017 he was named brand ambassador for Air Asia , and is slated to do a number of photo shoots around Asia, be featured in their in-flight magazine and make personal appearances.
With his fun loving, generous nature and consistently excellent work, A.P. Soe is on the short list of the best photographers and most beloved photo tour leaders in Asia. With all the natural talent in the world, the only limits on how far the young photographer can go, are his alone to set.
And we have never met a photographer so happy to stand in front of a lens! You don’t have to ask, he’s already smiling!