Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ANA photographer began career volunteering to build experience

ANA photographer began career volunteering to build experience

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Rath Phallin turned from volunteer photographer to professional with his job at the APSARA National Authority (ANA). PHOTO SUPPLIED

ANA photographer began career volunteering to build experience

Volunteer work is difficult and the fact that it is unpaid means few young people are prepared to accept it, but those who do often find it rewarding.

Rath Phallin is 28 years old this year. After years as an unpaid amateur photographer, he has finally made it his profession, working full time for the APSARA National Authority (ANA).

He said he has volunteering to thank for his career. He worked for free as a photographer at forums, conferences and social events for many years, honing his skills and perfecting his technique. It was this hard work that gave him the abilities that enabled him to find full time employment.

“I started taking photographs in 2018. Although I was not paid, the pleasure I got from the work made it worthwhile. Eventually, my passion and the years of hard work paid off, and I was able to begin charging small fees for my work,” he added.

Phallin is now an in demand fixture at social events. He can be seen snapping away at almost all of the finest occasions in Battambang and Siem Reap provinces.

He once volunteered as a photographer for Phare Ponleu Selpak, the Battambang circus which was just recognised by Guinness world records, but now describes his work with landscapes as his greatest passion. In his capacity as an ANA photographer, he spends a lot of time in the Angkor Archaeological Park, capturing images of the temples to promote tourism.

Phallin said that although he is now employed full-time, he knows he will never stop learning.

“I want to add more skills to my repertoire. I dream of becoming one of the great photographers, and will continue to develop my abilities,” he added.

He urged the public to respect the art of photography, saying intellectual property laws and the rights of an artist needed to be respected.

“In the future, I want Cambodians to have more respect for people who try to produce original photographs. I have one request for the public. When I post an image, I don’t mind people sharing it or even using it themselves. With that being said, I would rather they not crop my carefully composed images. I spend a lot of time getting them just right,” he said.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Ream base allegations must end, urges official

    A senior government official urges an end to the allegations and suspicions surrounding the development of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, now that Prime Minister Hun Manet has addressed the issue on the floor of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). Jean-Francois Tain, a geopolitical

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • CP denied registration documents by ministry

    The Ministry of Interior will not reissue registration documents to the Candlelight Party (CP). Following a September 21 meeting between ministry secretary of state Bun Honn and CP representatives, the ministry cited the fact that there is no relevant law which would authorise it to do

  • Cambodian diaspora laud Manet’s UN Assembly visit

    Members of the Cambodian diaspora are rallying in support of Prime Minister Hun Manet’s forthcoming visit to the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) in the US’ New York City this week. Their move is an apparent response to a recent call by self-exiled former

  • After three deferrals, Capital Gains Tax to take effect Jan 1, 2024

    The General Department of Taxation (GDT) will implement the Capital Gains Tax starting January 1, 2024 to after being deferred three times as industrial players warn that the implementation might have some negative impact on the property market growth, which is down due to the economic downturn.