Andrew Biraj wins 2nd prize in POY

Pathshala tutor and alumni, Andrew Biraj of Reuters wins 2nd prize in major photojournalism contest


First Place
Ng Han Guan
Associated Press
Second Place
Andrew Biraj
Third Place
Aaron Huey
Freelance For National Geographic Magazine
Award of Excellence
Lasse Bak Mejlvang
Award of Excellence
Alyssa Schukar
Omaha World-Herald
Award of Excellence
Les Stone
Second Place
Andrew Biraj
Reuters“FLOOD AFFECTED CHILDREN”A woman sits with her child in a boat during heavy rains at a flooded village in Kurigram. At least 100 people have died and hundreds of thousands of people are marooned as floods triggered by heavy rains spread across Bangladesh.
Andrew was selected for the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass and has been a prize winner at numerous contests including World Press Photo

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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