Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 People / Children


  • Photographer
    Lord K2

Nungning was abandoned by her parents and taken in by a transgender woman at just 6 days old. Children from this region are often surrounded by drugs, alcohol, gang violence and sexual abuse. Poor parenting and a failed schooling system compound the problem. Given such circumstances, the odd’s of progressing in life are minimal. Muay Thai is seen as a way out. Although the life of a fighter has its challenges, it offers hope, discipline and income. Nungning trains at the Wor. Whattana Gym in Phutthaisong, where she is fed, clothed and integrated into a sporting lifestyle.

Lord K2 is a visual artist from London based in Barcelona. In 2011 he seized trading stocks and ventured into the art world. After an initial stint exploring stencil graffiti in South America, Lord K2 shifted his focus to photography in order to pursue ethnographic visual story telling. His first project was to document the graffiti subculture in Santiago de Chile followed by the street art scene in Tokyo. Both projects were released in book form by Schiffer Publishing. He subsequently spent 5 years living in Asia in order to chronicle the Muay Thai and Sumo cultures.