Watsamon Tri-yasakda, also known as “June” is a freelance photographer and visual storyteller based in Bangkok, Thailand. She is actively documenting issues of human rights for LGBTIQ community in Thailand and Southeast Asia. She works as a freelancer with local and international editorial publications, organizations and commercial clients. Her works have been published and featured in the local and international publications such as The Standard, The Momentum, Sarakadee Magazine, BK Magazine, Coconuts, Buzzfeed and After Ellen.
“Mr. Pearl”, her photo story about Thai transman has been exhibited and screened in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and South Korea in 2016. “Portrait of Natsayers at Taungbyone Nat Festival” has exhibited in Myanmar. Moreover, she is a selected participant in Obscura Festival of Photography's "The Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass Scholarship" under the OSTKREUZ Photographer’s Agency, and a fellow of UNDP’s Being LGBTIQ in Asia Media Fellowship Programme.
Watsamon holds a B.A. in Language and Culture (BALAC) from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. In 2015, she received a scholarship to study a Diploma in Photojournalism,Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. She was selected for 2015 Chiangmai Documentary Arts Festival's Mentor Program.
EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWCASES:
2017 "7465", "We Will Have Been Young" Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass Group Exhibition, Penang, Malaysia
2016 "MR. PEARL", Suwon Photo Festival, South Korea
2016 "MR. PEARL", Exhibition at “Fix Butch, Repair Femme: Rhetoric, Derogatory and Violence” seminar, Bangkok, Thailand
2016 "Portrait of Natsayers at Taungbyone Nat Festival”, Group Exhibition, &PROUD LGBT Photo Competition’s Best Entries, Yangon, Myanmar
2016 "MR. PEARL", Slideshow Screening, PhotoJourn Festival Edition 2 Open Submission’s Selection, Bangkok, Thailand
2016 "MR. PEARL”, Solo Exhibition, Documentary Arts Asia, Chiangmai, Thailand
2016 "MR. PEARL", Multimedia Screening, F/28 – The Chiang Mai Month of Photography, Thailand
2015 "Siang Esan", Slideshow Screening, F/28 – The Chiang Mai Month of Photography, Thailand
2013 "Sudawadee Norapoompipat", Short film by Apipar Norapoompipat and Watsamon Tri-yasakda, Non - Being by Itself curated by Kamin LertchaiprasertThe Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Panelist, ‘Producers and consumers: Social media and storytelling’ at Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, 2016
"Race for gender equality" by Bangkok Post, 2016
"Capturing LGBT pride in Asia" by UNAIDS, 2015
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