Abu Sufian collects his award at Global Media Forum in Bonn

Bangladeshi blogger Abu Sufian (front row in grey suit) and other bloggers after they received their awards at the BOBs (Best of Blogs) at the Global Media Forum in Bonn. Germany. 26th June 2012.

BOBs 2012: DW’s favorite blogs

As part of this year?s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, the 2012 winners of the blog awards “The BOBs” picked up their prizes. The main prize winner came from Iran.
The Iranian jury member (front right) and other members of the audience at the World Conference Centre in Bonn. Germany. 26th June 2012. Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

For the eighth time, DW presented its blog awards selected by an international jury from more than 3,000 suggestions. Bangladeshi Blogger Abu Sufian won the special category of Reporters Without Borders.

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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