The annual Tun Foundation awards are one of Myanmar’s more important, independent literary prizes. Created out of a private fund from the founders of the Tun banking family, it recognises books and manuscripts written in Burmese and English in 12 categories including History, Biography, Culture and Environment plus a lifetime achievement award. This year, its 12th iteration, was held at the Myanmar Bank Association building in Yangon with cash prizes of 1000 GBP for each of the lifetime achievement recipients, former MWA Chairman Sithu U Tin Hlaing (Ledwintha Saw Chit) and Dr. Tin Hlaing (Bo Hlaing).
Each category winner received a generous 800 GBP
Saya Thado Lwin: Economics
Dr. Hla Kyi (Ahaya Sayawingyi) and Saya U Thein Swe: Health
Saya Bo Hlaing: Translation
Prof. Khin Maung Win (Athe): Biography
Saya Dr. Aung Than Ba Tu and Saya Dr. Aung Gyi: Biography in English
Thein Than Win (Mahlaing) and Saya Nanda Min Lwin: Culture
Saya Tun Yi (Shay Haung Thu Tay Thi) and Dr Sein Myint: History
U Than Htike: Reference
Saya Thape Pan Ko Ko Aung and Saya Gyo Nghet: Environment
Saya Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing: Youth
Saya Dr. Saw Mra Aung: History in English
Saya Thint Naw and Ma Hnin Phway: General
Saya Nanda Moe Kyaw: Children’s Literature
Dr. Khaing Khaing Win: Knowledge.