Minzayar Oo, b. 1988, Burmese photojournalist and documentary photographer based in his native city of Yangon, Myanmar. He is represented by Panos Pictures. He studied medicine at Yangon University of Medicine until 2011 when he decided to drop the medical career and pursue his personal interest in visually documenting the transition of his country. His first international breakthrough came in 2012 when his image of Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on the front page of the International Herald Tribune on the day after the country's historic by-elections that saw her elected to parliament.
Since then, he has been freelancing for international news agencies, newspapers, magazines and INGOs in and around Myanmar. He has covered many important stories and issues in Myanmar, including documentation of the long-term political, social and economical transition of the country, the persecution of the Rohingya in western Myanmar and also exposing issues surrounding Myanmar’s rarely-accessed, billion-dollar jade mining industry in conflict-torn Kachin State, and other subjects.
His work has been published in TIME, The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, GEO, 6MOIS, La Repubblica and many other publications. Minzayar has won multiple awards at the Yangon Photo Festival, the China International Press Photo, the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Thailand's Asia-Pacific Photojournalism Contest (2015), Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards (2016) and the Istanbul Photo Awards. In 2016 he was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass, organised by World Press Photo in the Netherlands.