Shwe Wutt Hmon (born 1986) divides her time between photography and developmental work. Shwe is a freelance documentary photographer based in Yangon, Myanmar, and also works as an independent researcher for UN agencies and international organizations.
Shwe's works focus on feminism, collective identity, human relationships, exploring mental health and telling stories of places and people that are close to her heart. She tells personal stories from which she connects and examines larger social and societal issues, using photography as her main medium.
Shwe is one of the founding members of a Myanmar based women photographer collective, Thuma Collective. With Thuma Collective, Shwe has published two collective photo books, Us & Beyond, self-published by Thuma Collective and Bridging the Naf, funded by the Norwegian People's Aid.
She was a participant in 13th Angkor PhotoWorkshop in 2017 and a mentee in Invisible Photographer Asia’s Mentorship Program in 2018. She was selected for South Asia Incubator 1 at Photo Kathmandu 2018 and completed her first artist residency at Villa Sträuli in Winterthur, Switzerland, in early 2020, supported by Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi. Most recently, Shwe participated in World Press Photo’s 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass and won 1st prize in the still image category for the Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize. She was the recipient of the Objectifs Documentary Award 2020 (Open Category).