Napat Wesshasartar (b.1996) is a Thai photojournalist and filmmaker born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand.
He began his work in photography in 2013 when he documented his journey as a member of the National Thailand Swimming Team. In 2014, He attended Chulalongkorn University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Communication Art. After medalling at the Southeast Asian Games In 2015, He retired from swimming and became a Full-Time Photographer.
In 2017, he produced underwater work documenting marine conservation issues in southern Thailand in collaboration with an NGO, Fisherfolk Association, which promote sustainable seafood products by local artisanal fisheries. The following year, he exhibited “Dugong, the lady of the sea,” and won the grand prize of Conservation photo contest, organized by Chulalongkorn University.
In 2019, he documented cetacean conservation in Hong Kong and also won the National Geographic Thailand SeaYouTomorrow photo contest. His first feature story, “From Marium to the last remaining Dugongs,” was published by Sarakadee magazine. His short film, “Death of a Giant,” also earned the second runner up of Green Beat 60 video competition by the Phuket Hotels Association.
He is currently attending the International Center of Photography program in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism and based in Thailand.
Award, Exhibition, Publication, Media
- 2019: Phuket Hotels Association: Green Beat 60 Video Competitino: 2nd Runner Up
- 2019: National Geographic Thailand, SeaYouTommorrow Photo Competition: Winner
- 2019: “From Marium to The Last Remaining Thai Dugongs” published by Sarakadee Magazine
- 2018: Chulalongkorn University Environment and Conservation Photo Competition: Winner
- 2018: “Thai Fishing Industry” published by Sarakadee Magazine
- 2018: Sarakadee Documentary workshop: 2nd Runner up
- 2017: Kang Jor 25, Communication Arts Thesis Group Exhibition: Dugong, the lady of the sea, TCDC, Bangkok, Thailand
- 2017: Why Not Social Enterprise Group Exhibition: Story of the Sea, Bangkok, Thailand