Jittrapon Kaicome is an independent photojournalist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His projects focus on countries in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia.
His works highlight current affairs, environmental crises related to climate change, sex workers’ rights, animal welfare, and the struggles of marginalized communities including ethnic groups and displaced persons along the Myanmar-Thailand border of the Salween River. Jittrapon has worked with clients and his works have been published inLe Monde, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Agence France Presse (AFP), Agencia EFE, The Diplomat, The Irrawaddy, National Geographic Thailand, WWF-Thailand, International Rivers,among others.
SCHOLARSHIP AND WORKSHOP
2021 - Receiving a grant funded by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C to support a proposed project in response to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists.
2020 - Granted a scholarship to attend “Southeast Asia Hostile Environment Training for journalist reporting on environmental and climate issues in Southeast Asia” bySoutheast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund
2019 - Granted a scholarship for a photojournalism survival kit workshop with Ron Haviv by VIIAcademy.
2020 - Salween Peace Park, a group exhibition at Yangon Photo Festival highlighting the story of Karen people trying to protect their homeland from the government development projects in Myanmar that includes the construction of roads, dam plans, mining, logging across a peace park in Myanmar’s Karen State.
2019 - Sex Work is Our Work, highlighting the correct protective measures for sex workers in Southeast Asia, in collaboration with theEmpower Foundation and SEA Junction at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
About my photography After I completed my BA, I have been using my photojournalism to speak for my native Northern Thai people.
In 2014, I start telling stories from my hometown, Chiang Mai during the annual air pollution crisis in Northern Thailand. The story entitled " Delve Into A Smoke Crisis In Northern Thailand " was published by National Geographic Thailand in 2015.
By combining photographic vision with research, journalistic skill, and background, I'm able to create unique ways to tell stories. Highlighting the importance of underreported issues that impact our lives has grown to be my main focus.
Zooming in on transboundary matters in the Mekong region will show how people's lives and activities are connected to the rest of the world.
On my part, I have my ultimate goal to bring out a deep understanding of the human interest story. From the western border down to the eastern part - the SE- Asia's last free-flowing river of the Salween to the cascade of dams in the Mekong River.
These truly are the stories of my time.
At each step of the way, these projects have become more and more a part of me.
It is a never-ending journey, making my life more meaningful to others,
inspiring me to tell stories and discover new places.