What is essential is invisible to the eye.

I love weddings. I love the joy and the celebration, the profound and lasting bonds formed among people, and the exquisitely beautiful moments reflected in expressions that run the gamut of human emotions. Every wedding surprises me in how it manages to touch me in a unique way - there is always something new to be discovered.

I also love photography and photographed for the pure joy of it: seeing the light, telling stories, and capturing something that could be lost in just the smallest fraction of a second. It was a way for me to connect with the world by sharing something wonderful. As my career progressed, my achievements become well recognized and I have won numerous prestigious awards and competitions such as: The Travel Photographer of the Year, The Pollux Awards, The World Photography Gala Awards, The B&W Magazine Single Image and Portfolio Contests, The Color Magazine Portfolio Contest, The Lux Awards, The World We Live In Photo Contest, The International Photography Awards, The Prix de la Photographie Paris, The London Photographic Awards, The Billboard Year in Music Moment Photo Contest, and The International Expose Your World Competition among others.

All those awards were not accomplished through just technical mastery of the camera but by being genuinely interested in people and wanting to know more about them. It is accomplished by having compassion and love for whatever I saw in front of me and the photographs become incidental. The truth is, if we really care about the subjects, and place them above everything else, including the photos, then the photos will be amazing.


Biography

2013 Iris Awards

  • Finalist for Harper is King

2013 Canada Council for the Arts

  • Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Northern Rites and Cultures

2012 WGPA Portrait Award

  • Honourable Mentioned for Girl and Agent Orange

2012 Travel Photographer of the Year

  • Category Winner for Burning Man 2012 in Journeys, finalist for Burning Man 2012 in Celebrations, finalist for Living in Default in People Watching

2011 Color Magazine Portfolio Contest

  • Spotlight Award for Vietnam

2011 Pollux Awards

  • First Place in Professional Category Editorial and Current Affairs for Girl and Agent Orange and Honourable Mentioned in Category Humanitarian Documentary for Displaced Family of the Haiti Earthquake

2011 WPGA Editorial Awards

  • Honourable Mentioned for Haiti Earthquake Aftermath and Girl and Agent Orange

2011 Global Travel Photography Contest

  • Fourth place in Portrait Category for Blind Man Awaiting Cataract Surgery

2011 The World We Live In Photo Contest

  • Third Place in Professional Category Environment for Nesting Trees by the Sunken City

2011 Museum of Fine Arts Houston

  • Girl and Agent Orange accepted into their permanent collection

2011 Angkor Wat Photography Festival

  • Slideshow Exhibition for Café Om

2011 Auckland Festival of Photography

  • Slideshow Exhibition for Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

2010 Lux Awards

  • First Place in People Category for Work ID

2010 International Photography Awards

  • First Place in Professional Editorial: General News for Displaced Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake

2010 Eddie Adams Workshop

  • Nikon Prize

2010 Lucie Awards Scholarship

  • Finalist for Abandoned

2010 Melon Rouge Photo Fringe

  • Slideshow Exhibition for Overseas: The Fate of Refugees in China's State Run Farms

2010 World Photography Gala Awards

  • Finalist in Invisible Worlds for Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

2010 American Photo Magazine

  • Article in September Issue on Urban Decay for Abandoned

2010 Canada Council for the Arts Grant

  • Research Grant for Project on Vietnamese Life

2010 Angkor Wat Photography Festival

  • Slideshow Exhibition for Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

2010 Foto Freo Festival

  • Slideshow Exhibition for Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

2010 PDN Photo Annual Contest

  • Winner in Personal Category for Origins a personal project with support from the Canada Council for the Arts

2009 Travel Photographer of the Year Competition

  • Finalist for the 2009 Travel Photographer of the Year
  • Special Honourable Mentioned for Nephew Still Sleeping for Best Single Image

2009 La Bodega Photography Festival

  • Print Exhibition for the series Origins

2009 Photography Book Now International Competition

  • Honourable Mentioned for Origins
  • Honourable Mentioned for Happy, No Happy and the Art of the Eight Limbs

2009 Prix De La Photography, Paris

  • First Place in Non-Professional Photojournalism: Travel/Tourism for Gypsy Family in Chania
  • First Place in Non-Professional Book Proposal: Documentary for Happy, No Happy
  • Third Place in Non-Professional Photojournalism: People for Origins

2008 Billboard Year in Music Moment Photo Contest Winner

  • Breaking the Band: CD Cover Proposal for Natasha Duchene

2008 International Expose Your World Competition

  • Grand Prize Photo Essay Winner for Abandoned
  • Honourable Mentioned Photo Essay Winner for Muay Thai Culture

2008 Canada Council for the Arts Grant

  • Research Grant for Project on Vietnamese Origins and Identity

2008 International Photography Awards

  • Non-Professional Portrait Photographer of the Year for Muay Thai Culture #1
  • First Place Winner in Non-Professional People: Lifestyle for Muay Thai Culture #1
  • First Place Winner in Non-Professional People: Family for Gypsy Family in Chania
  • First Place Winner in Non-Professional People: Other for Muay Thai Culture #1
  • Second Place Winner in Non-Professional Editorial: Other for Gypsy Family in Chania
  • Second Place Winner in Non-Professional Editorial: Feature Story for Gypsy Family in Chania
  • Third Place Winner in Non-Professional Editorial: Feature Story for Muay Thai Culture #1
  • Third Place Winner in Non-Professional People: Lifestyle for Happy, No Happy #1
  • Third Place Winner in Non-Professional People: Other for Happy, No Happy #2
  • Third Place Winner in Non-Professional Architecture: Historic for Finn Slough
  • Third Place Winner in Non-Professional Special: Travel/Tourism for Daily Living/Bangkok

2008 Berenice Abbott Prize for an Emerging Photographer

  • Second Place for Happy, No Happy and the Art of the Eight Limbs

2008 B&W Magazine Single Image Contest

  • Silver Award Winner

2007 International Photography Awards

  • Non-Professional Editorial Photographer of the Year for Abandoned
  • First Place Winner in Non-Professional Editorial: Photo Essay for Abandoned
  • First Place Winner in Non-Professional Editorial: Other for Downtown Eastside #3
  • First Place Winner in Non-Professional Editorial: Personality for Downtown Eastside #2
  • First Place Winner in Non-Professional Nature: Other for Abandoned
  • Second Place Winner in Non-Professional Special: Travel/Tourism for Majico
  • Third Place Winner in Non-Professional Nature: Trees for Dead Tree
  • Third Place Winner in Non-Professional Special: Other for Downtown Eastside #2

2007 B&W Magazine Portfolio Contest

  • Excellence Award Winner

2007 B&W Magazine Single Image Contest

  • Silver Award Winner
  • Bronze Award Winner
  • Honourable Mentioned

2007 London Photographic Awards

  • Second Place in Landscape

2007 Prix de la Photography, Paris

  • First Place in Non-Professional Photojournalism: Travel/Tourism for Majico
  • Third Place in Non-Professional Photojournalism: People/Personality forDowntown Eastside #1

2006 International Photography Awards

  • Second Place in Non-Professional Special: Travel/Tourism for Street Candids of Children in Mexico
  • Third Place in Non-Professional Nature: Landscapes for Down by the Seaside

2006 PhotoLife Image International Photography Contest

  • First Place Category Winner for Dancing in the Golden Age
  • Fourth Place Category Winner for Salton Sea Trailer