Ekkarat Punyatara b. 1985, a National Geographic Thailand’s photo editor and staff photographer based in Bangkok. His photography is inspired by fascination in Thai culture that he was rooted since childhood by his conservative family. He first gained recognition for his photos in 2011 through a controversial project, It’s Personal that questioning the traditional conservative way of seeing Buddhism in Thailand. The project was a year long documenting a group of Thai monks living in New York. His works has been published/ showed worldwide, Smithsonian(USA), burn magazine(USA), Emaho magazine(India), IPA(Singapore), South China Post(China), Angkor Photo Festival(Cambodia), etc. His Instagram is selected as one of 20 Asian photographers that have the most interesting IG to follow, by IPA(Singapore). Ekkarat won international photo contests, Gold prize of Moscow International Fotography Awards, 2nd prize of Streetfoto San Francisco, 1st prize of 180 years Thai-American relationship photo contest, etc. Beside worldwide assignments as an outsider, Ekkarat will be in his home country photographing through the sight of the insider raising awareness of the social issues.