Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023
Photo Competition Photo Story Category

Special Encouragement Award

His Invisible Presence

Natcha Wongchanglaw

United States of America


Life is far too short. Until my father unexpectedly passed away, I never understood it. From the moment he fell ill until he passed away, I was present for the entire event and observed it take place. Using my personal experience to present how my late father has passed, yet his presence is still felt everywhere—I wish to investigate the subject of my loved one's invisible presence in this work.


This series has meant so much to me; it's not just another project, but it's also a way for me to reconstruct memories of my father. It could also be how I cope with my grief. It is an opportunity for me to express my love and longing for my father, , especially since I was not able to say goodbye. By presenting this series as art, I hope that it will connect with others and show them that they are not alone in their experiences. And I hope that this work can bring others the same level of comfort that it does for me. Finding out that I won the award feels like a dream. I'm beyond happy, words can't describe it. This is such an honor for my dad, and I'm grateful that a part of him will be shared with the world. I want to express my sincere thanks to all the judges and the Nikon contest team for recognizing and honoring this work. Thank you for giving it the opportunity to be seen by people around the world.