21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Novice Soccers

Within the serene confines of their monastery academy, the photograph titled 'The Novice Soccers' unfolds a lively tableau of young novices engaged in spirited play. Against the backdrop of the monastery's peaceful campus, the image captures the infectious energy of the novices as they revel in the joy of soccer. Their vibrant robes swirl with each movement, creating a dynamic contrast against the tranquil surroundings. The photograph becomes a testament to the universal language of joy that transcends cultural boundaries, revealing the delightful intersection of childhood exuberance and monastic life.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Hpa-An, Myanmar
Camera: X-T2
Copyright: © Pyae Phyo Thet Paing