Anastas Tarpanov was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 1980, and was interested in photography from the start. He pursued photography as a hobby until his late 20s. Anastas has participated in several Bulgarian exhibitions and is working as a freelance photographer for online media. He covers sports, concerts and environmental causes.
2014 - World Press Photo - Sports Feature 2nd Place
Poy Sang Long is a Shan tribe Buddhist ceremony of ordination of a boy into novice-monk hood. Boys are paraded a striding high on men's shoulders dressed up in fineries and with make-up in attempt to recall Lord Buddha as the young prince Sidhartha leaving his palace in desperate search of the dharma in the world . Such vernacular event is unique only to Northern Thailand and Myanmar and idiosyncratic to the Shan ethnic group.