Shahidul Alam wins Lucie Award 2018

June 13, 2018

Dear Mr. Alam:

It is my great pleasure to announce that the Lucie Foundation and its Advisory Board have selected you as the 2018 recipient of the distinguished Humanitarian Award presented at The Lucie Awards. Congratulations on your nomination! Your exceptional contribution to photography and society will be a welcomed addition to an illustrious list that has included the Josephine Herrick Project, Lisa Kristine, Nancy McGirr, Sara Terry, Zana Briski, Sebastião Salgado, and Phil Borges.

Since 2003, the prestigious Lucie Awards celebrates the remarkable achievements of the masters in photography. The Lucie Awards is a formal gala attended by hundreds of notables in the photographic arts. A video tribute will be presented during this celebratory evening, documenting and highlighting the significant role you have played. It will remain archived for future posterity. Following the event, there will be a dinner with the other luminaries honored.

This year’s Lucie Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 28 at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, in New York City. We hope you will allow the photography community to pay this well-deserved homage to you on this very special occasion. We look forward to your acceptance of this prestigious award.

The Lucie Awards is organized and presented by the Lucie Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to honor the masters of photography, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote an appreciation of photography world–wide. Visit for more information.

Please confirm with Cat Jimenez, Executive Director at who will be coordinating with you, once we have your confirmation. On behalf of The Lucie Awards Founder and Chair, Hossein Farmani, Susan Baraz, Co-Chair, and myself, we want to thank you for all you’ve done to impact our lives in this vital medium of photography.





Ms. Lauren Wendle
President and Chair, Lucie Foundation

Author: Shahidul

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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