Photographing Bhutan

Signs of approval

Signs of approval

Here’s a secret: Yeshey Dorji, one of Bhutan’s best photographers, has a website. He started posting some of his photos online to satisfy friends, fans really, who keep bothering him to see his pictures. So if you go to his website, “Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon”, you can treat yourself to some breath-taking pictures of our beautiful country.

Yeshey is 54 years old. And he’s been taking pictures for more than 30 of those years. Initially he limited his interest to just a hobby, as analogue photography was expensive. It was much later, only after the advent of digital cameras, that he let loose his passion for photography. And that passion absorbed him so completely that, in the process, he sold his businesses (he was Bhutan’s first computer supplier) and his property to finance his new profession.

Yeshey delights in photographing anything Bhutanese – from birds to people, and from flowers to dzongs. And he does a pretty good job of showing off our country. But he’s also recognized internationally. His pictures of birds, for example, have already won him international acclaim.

Here’s another secret: Yeshey will be at this year’s Wimbledon. No, he won’t be competing with the world’s best tennis players. But, as the official photographer for an international magazine, he will be competing with some of the world’s best photographers.

This week’s featured photograph, by Yeshey Dorji, shows a group of girls enjoying the Paro tshechu earlier this year.


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  1. Lampenda Chuup says

    Add “Bhutan’s only(?) or first certified HAM radio operator” to Yeshey’s credentials. I think he is the only one who had a HAM radio setup for a long time, way before the internet!

  2. Yeshey is an amazing guy – something fresh. He has always brought interesting ideas in Bhutan. I bought his book “Birds of Bhutan” which is just amazing.

    How do one contact Yeshey Dorji?

    • Thinley: to email Yeshey, go to his website and click on “VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE”. You’ll find an email link there. tt

      • Hello! I am trying to contact Yeshey Dorji about his photographs of White Bellied Heron. I looked on his website but I cannot find an email address, even after clicking on “view my complete profile.” I was wondering if you know of any other way I can contact him?

        Kadrinche la.

  3. philip koschel says

    i like his work!

  4. Good work indeed. I hear he will be doing some work for Department of Tourism also. I hope some of his photos will be used to promote Bhutan.

  5. just visited his site and the photos are truly beautiful.

  6. Yeshey is 54 years old? Now, that just broke my heart!

  7. Yeshey, 54 and also with a family. Me too heart broken.

  8. Cynthia Khin-Latt says

    Hi my name is Cynthia and from Australia. I have a privilege to meet via internet with Yeshey when I saw his photographic work on his family portrait, some in black and white. We lost touch and wondering how to get in touch with him? My email is
    Thank you regards Cynthia

  9. Tshering dorji says

    I too fall in lov wit his photography cretivity..

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