2017 WIG Photography Competition Winners



First Place

Blowing Kisses by Arianne Laloux-Cuvelier

Honourable Mention

Playing Go-cart with Friends by Phakhinda Khanthavilay

Friday, 8 September 2017, WIG was happy to host the 11th Annual Photography Exhibit and Competition. Over 50 photos were submitted for the exhibit and will also be considered for inclusion in the 2018 WIG Calendar. The exhibit was held at the i:cat Gallery over a three-day period with over 100 people viewing the photos.

WIG Laos, formerly the Women’s International Group, was founded in 1990 and is a voluntary group, administered and operated by its members on a voluntary basis. The group welcomes men and women of all nationalities to join together in Vientiane for a variety of social, welfare and cultural activities.

The photo competition theme was ‘Laos in Motion’, with entries ranging from the Mekong river to animals, from sports to people in Laos. WIG heartily thanks and applauds all entrants for their photos and their artistic interpretations of the theme.

The competition was judged by three professionals in Lao, identifying first, second, and third place winners, as well as an honourable mention and student encouragement award. The Vientiane public who attended the opening night event also voted for their favourite photo, the people’s choice award.

It is a pleasure to announce the following winners:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honourable Mention

Student Encouragement

People’s Choice

Blowing Kisses

Crossing the Bridge

Patong Athlete

Playing Go-cart with Friends

Tum Maak Thong

Hmong Girl on Bike

Arianne Laloux-Cuvelier

Gerhard Mutz

Peter W. Crawford

Phakhinda Khanthavilay

Paphada Phalatyotha

Aidan Flanagan


WIG Laos aims to: support projects benefiting Lao society (Welfare); create opportunities for people living in Lao PDR to meet and interact (Social); create opportunities to learn more about Lao history, culture and current affairs (Cultural Studies).

The photo exhibit and competition, as well as the calendar, are fund-raisers which provide funding for WIG-sponsored education and medical projects, such as helping patients to access medical care during free surgical clinics at Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane, and at outreach programs in the provinces, as well as working with government schools in Vientiane province, mainly by providing materials to build or improve infrastructure in schools by assisting in the repair and painting of classrooms, the provision of classroom furniture and the installation of electricity and fans.

WIG holds a number of fund-raising activities through each year, which provide the support necessary for the Welfare projects that WIG supports. WIG projects are run by the members who volunteer their time and effort so that all funds raised go directly to welfare projects.