An anonymous photographer from Myanmar has won a top award at the biggest annual festival of photojournalism \u2014 \u201cVisa pour l\u2019Image\u201d \u2014 with a powerful image of Myanmar\u2019s \u201cSpring Revolution.\u201d As noted by France24, the annual International Festival of Photojournalism \u2014 funded by the D\u00e9partement des Pyr\u00e9n\u00e9es-Orientales \u2014 handed out its prestigious photojournalism awards on September 4 in Perpignan, southwestern France. Each year, top stories are awarded at the festival in three categories \u2014 News, Feature, and Daily Press \u2014 with two jury boards making their selections. A selection of best stories is also exhibited in Perpignan for visitors to enjoy free of charge. This year, the top award for the News category was awarded to a photographer in Myanmar who wanted to remain anonymous for security reasons. Mikko Takkunen, the Asia photo editor for The New York Times, collected the award on his behalf. \u201cHe is probably the strongest photographer in the country,\u201d says Takkunen. \u201cHe is extremely happy and honored to win this prize.\u201d So incredibly honored last night to have been asked to accept the Visa d\u2019or News award in Perpignan on behalf the photographer who covered the Myanmar coup aftermath for The New York Times. I salute his talent, courage and integrity. https:\/\/t.co\/kS8vcFTxvV pic.twitter.com\/nMAKIjPGEX \u2014 Mikko Takkunen (@photojournalism) September 5, 2021 Myanmar, situated in Southeast Asia, has been in political turmoil since the military seized power in a coup on February 1, 2021, detaining and ousting the civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. This has caused subsequent demonstrations, work stoppages, and civil disobedience, with further escalation into a reign of terror and deaths to suppress \u201cSpring Revolution\u201d \u2014 the pro-democracy movement. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visa pour l\u2019Image (@visapourlimage) The winning image portrays protesters in the streets, urging police to join the people as thousands gathered to demonstrate their support of the National League for Democracy, captured on February 6, 2021. The photographer explains that he encountered many difficulties on the streets \u2014 \u201cworking between bullet shots, tear gas, and deafening grenades.\u201d \u201cOn the ground, we stopped working with helmets marked \u201cPRESS\u201d as we realized the soldiers were targeting photographers,\u201d he says in a message. Visa pour l\u2019Image explains at the time of publishing the winning image, more than 800 people have died at the hands of military and political forces, with many brutally shot and thousands injured, arrested, and some abducted. Meanwhile, press freedom has been restricted as the military continues to tighten control over the spread of information. Other nominated photographers who have documented important stories include Greek photographer Angelos Tzortzinis from AFP who documented the last days that migrants and asylum seekers spent at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, American photographer Erin Schaff from The New York Times for images depicting the storming of the US capital in Washington, and Danish Siddiqui from Reuters who was nominated for his work on the health crisis following the pandemic in India. Unfortunately, Siddiqui was killed in July whilst covering fighting between The Taliban and Afghan forces. More information about Visa pour l\u2019Image festival and awards can be found on the organization\u2019s website.