The Loi Krathong Festival of Khon Kaen University under the name “Sithan KKU Festival 2017”, which was held on November 1-3, 2017 at Sithan Lake this year was successful owing to the festival’s emphasis on graceful Thai arts and cultures. The festival also featured a picture contest with very good cooperation by photographers of Khon Kaen city, both the professional and amateur ones who submitted over 60 pictures for the contest.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siripong Piasiri, Chairperson of the picture contest judges said, “The contest of Sithan KKU Festival 2017 was divided into 5 categories: 1) Phra UPKHUT procession or Mak Beng procession, 2) KKU Carnival, 3) Krathong procession, 4) Miss Noppamas contest, and 5) the Festival’s atmosphere. The judgment criteria included agreement of the picture with the category and the date submitted, the picture being able to relate the event under the category well and clearly, beauty based on photographic principles and principles of arts. The pictures that win will be exhibited at the Art and Cultural Center, Khon Kaen University. The prize awarding ceremony is scheduled on November 21, 2017. The file of all the pictures submitted will be used in the public relation work.
Khun Udomchai Supannawong, the winner of the Phra UPKHUT procession category said, “I took the picture for news reporting. Therefore, most of my pictures were story-telling pictures. I do not have any skills of photography for beauty. The “Khruang Sung Mung Sithan” is a picture taken from behind the scene of the people coming to watch, using the borrowed mirrorless camera with only one wide lens. It was good timing when the procession arrived at the central stage before the event started, so we could see the components of “Khruang Sung, thong, tung, raya in the floats that lined the place. I used the lens and the still light blue sky as the background. At that time, the stage was testing the lighting system and so the picture became colorful.”
“As for my inspiration, I submitted the pictures because I admire arts, especially photos. I have seen the work of many teachers such as Ajarn Payungsin Pesri. Therefore, I tried adjusting this picture with the knowledge that I had and never thought I would receive the prize. I’m happy to be part of this activity which will be useful for public relation work. Thank you the committee for selecting my picture,” Khun Udomchai said.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siripong Piasiri added at the end, “Thanks to all photographers who submitted your pictures to the contest. Your cooperation made the activity achieve its goal to involve the people in KKU activities, to take part in the activities and create your work in different aspects of the Loi Krathing tradition. The pictures will be used for inspiration and also for public relation work.”
Interested people can follow the pictures of Sithan KKU Festival 2017 at:
News: Boriphat Thasi
Photographs: Nattawut Jaruwong, Cultural Office, Khon Kaen University