As the rainy season came to an end and the flow of the Tonle Sap river slowly starts to reverse, Cambodians celebrate the "Bon Om Touk" - the annual water festival. For three days, thousands of people flocked into the capital Phnom Penh to watch the 259 boats race against each others in front of King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen.Read More
A short gallery of images from the trip, photographed by Nicolas while he was sitting in a car, waiting for a train to pass or simply not shooting the commissioned video or still images. Once the commissioned project is published, we will share more of our work in India.Read More
Ruom Photographers look back on the images they made in 2015, sharing moments that stood out during the year - from documenting polygamous marriages, to photographing human trafficking at sea.Read More
We are really happy to have been the hosts of ‘Ruom Hangout’ during the 11th Angkor Photo Festival. During this informal gathering, we shared the work of Ruom photographers and showcased four guest projects. The turn out exceeded our expectations and it was lovely to see so many fellow photographers in the room, listening, asking questions and discussing the work presented.Read More
Kampot province produces salt for the local market - a total of 80,000 tons of salt per year from more then 3 million hectares of land is distributed around the country.Read More
ive months ago I decided to take a break from assignment photography to travel up Cambodia’s Tonle Sap river in a past-its-prime wooden fishing boat. At the time the idea was to step back from the constant pressure to produce and publish news stories in order to enjoy travel for travel’s sake - something that, despite having been on the road for at least five months of 2014, I hadn’t done in many years. Several months later, when an innovative non-profit organization approached us about the possibility of expanding the trip to cover the entirety of the Mekong River through five countries, no one was more surprised than me.Read More
This project has been in the making for many years. It started off as a feeling. When I first got to Cambodia, I felt I had arrived in a place were anything was possible. Cambodia was booming with opportunity, and it was deeply forgiving of mistakes. It was the ideal place to set up as 24-year-old photographer with very little experience in the freelance market, and I started off by looking for jobs to keep me afloat. It was a slow start, as all freelance photographers can probably relate to; small jobs here and there, the odd big contract and a lot of time for blog posts, internet updates and importantly personal projectsRead More
It's been a very exciting year for us, with our members working on stories in fifteen countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Having produced a really diverse range of material we wanted to share some of our favourite stories with you, which is why we decided to create the first annual Ruom Magazine.
We tried to make it as engaging as possible so hopefully everyone will find something that fits their social reportage appetite in here.Read More
This Tuesday, 11 November 2014, for the fourth year in a row, hooligans clashed with police during a far right march organized in Warsaw to commemorate Polish independence.
The first mass rally of this kind, uniting key nationalist groups, was held in 2010 and has now become the biggest far right event in the country.
While for most part of this year’s parade the participants remained peaceful, on the last leg of the march, after crossing the Vistula River to the eastern bank near the National football stadium, a group of rioters broke away.Read More
After a three year hiatus Bon Om Touk, or the Cambodian Water Festival, returned to the Kingdom last week. Meant to mark the the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap river – and the associated fishing and agricultural fertility that brings – the festival is one of the biggest holidays in Cambodia. Over three days of races, long boat crews from all over Cambodia converge on the capital, seeking to win honour (and hopefully a piece of the prize money) for their home towns. Despite the historical and cultural importance of the festival, the tragic stampede incident in 2010, which saw roughly 250 dead and 750 injured led to the suspension of the event for three years – though strong arguments could be made that the government, fearing large gatherings of people during the past year of civil unrest, had ulterior motives for cancelling last year’s celebration.Read More
Thank you to every one who was able to attend Wednesday’s panel-discussion “Bridging the Gap - Collaboration Between Media and Development” at the Meta House.
We had great panel of experts from both the journalism and development sectors. Giving voice to the humanitarian industry, Sharon Wilkinson has worked for more then 25 years in the in both Asia and Africa, and Jon Morales is a program manager from the Asia Foundation.Read More
This morning King Norodom Sihamouni and Prime Minister Hun Sen attended the opening ceremony for a new neuroscience centre at Calmette Hospital. The shiny new building which has been filled with advanced high-tech equipment is a big step forward for Cambodia. Here are images of the people who waited for the King and the Prime Minister as they visited the centre.Read More
Following a recent report RUOM published in Al Jazeera on the 27th of June, the Filipino government has taken steps to ensure the welfare of its domestic workers in Singapore.
It took action against two agencies in particular – Homekeeper and Budget Maid – which have been temporarily suspended from recruiting Filipino domestic workers.Read More
I recently gave a series of four presentations to students from Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee. Apart from a rare opportunity to return, however briefly, to my home continent, the talks helped me to verbalize many of the things I have struggled to learn over the years of developing as a photojournalist. I know everyone in the Ruom Collective has dealt with similar problems on the path to creative success, and I wanted to give the students at Chattanooga State some advice on how to stay focused through the challenging days and years. Though there are countless topics and subtopics that could be examined in endless detail, the following five points touch on some of the hard truths I wish someone had told me when I was first considering a future in the arts.Read More
Last month, Cambodia’s second largest telecom provider Mobitel – operator of the Cellcard network – released a TV commercial poking fun at transgender people and consequently upsetting many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The spot had its debut on the social network Facebook, where it received 323 likes, 144 shares and a mountain of “LOL’s“ from Cambodian users, who but for one exception found it very amusing.Read More
A small ceremony held by activists and monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) was held yesterday near the Canadia garment factory complex on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. A group of around fifty people, a mix of monks and citizens, gathered to show their support for the four dead and the twenty-three detainees still being held by the government after deadly clashes early in January. The group gathered as the sun set, lighting candles and incense. Though bail hearings for the detainees are scheduled later this month, little is known about what fate awaits them.Read More
The last few days have been some of the most dramatic in Cambodia’s recent history. Not since 1998 has the country seen such violence. Wide-spread and large-scale protests combined with strong anti-government sentiments created a powder keg environment, and the police crackdown on garment factory workers, and others protesting on their behalf, was the spark that set it all off.Read More
“Monks must not fuck,” he said, his round bespectacled face full of humor. We were getting a crash course on the fundaments of life as a Buddhist monk, the popping of Redbull cans echoed in the open space of the pagoda’s dining hall. The large room, divided into inadvertent sections by ornately decorated pillars, was full of people in various states of fatigue – the citizen activists finishing styrofoam containers of rice and dried fish, the monks downing 250ml energy drinks.Read More
Not everyone is a jack-of-all-trades. Most people are lucky to become exceptionally good at even one thing in their lives, and the same is true of photographers and journalists. I’ve focused so much on creative output – the production of photography and writing – that I have avoided developing the business and marketing skills necessary to quickly grow my business (yes, journalism is a business). Don’t misunderstand; my brand is expanding steadily, but along the way I have missed out on opportunities that I should have seized had I been more administratively aware.Read More
Cambodian National Rescue Party starts its second 3-day protest against the irregularities in the July 2013 Parliamentary Elections, with a gathering in Freedom Park and a march to the UN OHCHR office to deliver a petition with over 2 million thumbprints collected in the last weeks all over the country.Read More