Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani
London: Two Bangladeshi photographers have been recognised across the Awards’ shortlist and a further five Bangladeshi photographers has been placed in the top 50 in the world.
The judges of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards honoured the work of seven Bangladeshi photographers by shortlisting and commending their photographs as the top 50 in the world in the Awards’ Professional and Open competitions on 28 February.
The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year. The international range of entries display a huge diversity of imagery in terms of genre, style and subject matter across the Awards’ four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus.
In the Professional competition, one Bangladeshi photographer has been recognised for a strong body of work between 5-10 images. The Open competition, which rewards the best single image across ten categories, also featured one Bangladeshi photographer on the shortlist. A further five photographers from across Bangladesh have been placed top 50 in the world (commended).
Recognizing a huge diversity of work, the judges placed the following Bangladesh photographers. Professional shortlist: Probal Rashid is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Dhaka. His series Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh shows the arduous journey of those crossing from Myanmar to Bangladesh must face. The photographer said, ‘I am very grateful that judges have considered my story has the necessary values to be part of the shortlisted group and a great satisfaction to be inside this prestigious contest. I hope it will bring more awareness to the Rohingya refugees and convince others to help improve their lives through the vast exposure that this contest will help me create.’
Probal Rashid, Shortlist, Professional Current Affairs & News category (Dhaka) Open shortlist: The shortlisted images across the Open competition are drawn from a range of inspirations. Md. Tofazzal Hossain was shortlisted in the Open Street Photography category for his image Friendship, a black and white photograph of childhood friendship. Md Tofazzal Hossain, Street Photography category (Pabna, Bangladesh) Open commended: The judges of the Sony World Photography Awards also commended the images of five Bangladeshi photographers in the Awards’ Open competition, honouring them as the top 50 entries in their categories. Tariq Mahmud Naim, Open Enhanced (Sirajganj, Bangladesh) M M Atikul Haque, Open Motion (Khulna, Bangladesh) Moin Uddin Ahmed, Open Motion (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Farhana Akther, Open Portraiture (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Md Enamul Kabir, Open Travel (Dhaka, Bangladesh) The work of the shortlisted and commended photographers will be exhibited at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 20 – May 6. The Open category winners will be revealed March 20, and the Professional category winners on April 19.