2018 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize

More Than a Woman


Giulio Di Sturco

03 February, 2017

Dr Suporn Watanyusakul shows patient Olivia Thomas her new vagina after gender reassignment surgery at a hospital in Chonburi, near Bangkok, Thailand.

Thailand leads the world as a medical tourism destination, with gender-affirming surgery forming a strong niche. Treatment can be considerably cheaper than in other countries around the world, and the large numbers of patients mean that surgeons become highly experienced. The use of new technologies and procedures is also often given as a reason for Thailand’s popularity among people seeking treatment for gender dysphoria.

About the photographer

Giulio Di Sturco

He has over 15 years of experience working internationally as a professional photographer and currently works primarily throughout Asia and Africa. He has received two World Pre...

Technical information

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25.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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