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  • Published at 08:03 pm December 12th, 2020
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Photo: Abul Kalam

The prize giving ceremony for the Rohingya Photography Competition was watched online by over 2000 viewers

The announcement of the Rohingya Photography Competition results was broadcast live on Facebook Live on 5 December. The event was watched by over 2000 people and the video has had almost 11,000 views since the broadcast. It has also been shared hundreds of times on Facebook.

Opening the online ceremony, Shafiur Rahman, the organiser of the competition said that 1673 images had been submitted by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia. There was also an entry by a Rohingya individual in Myanmar. The competition has attracted widespread support including from top international photographers, journalists, humanitarian workers and rights activists. Various international journals had published images from the competition.


Photo: Mohammed Hossain

Professor John Packer of the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre and Ms El Laskar of the Oxford Human Rights Festival, Oxford Brookes University, England explained future plans for exhibitions and a book.

Rohingya rights activists NaySanLwin and Dr Ambia Perveen spoke in Rohingya language and addressed the refugee viewers in the camps, congratulating the photographers on their work documenting every aspect of Rohingya life, including the response to the Covid 19 Pandemic.


Photo: Ro Mehrooz

Competition judge Liza Boschin, an Italian journalist with experience of making documentary films in Bangladesh and herself a published photographer, read out the prize winners and gave her appraisal of each winner. All the winners will receive modest cash prizes. The winners of two categories will also receive cameras donated by MOAS, an international humanitarian organisation.

The winner of the “Rohingya Life” category was Ro Mehrooz. The winner of the “Response to Covid19 in the camps” category was Abu lKalam, and the winner of the photo series was Nurul Ameen. Runners up were: Jamal Arakani, Mohammed Hossain and Abul Kalam. Third prize winners were Dil Kayas, Abullah Khin Maung Thien and Mohammed Salim Khan


Photo:Jamal  Arakani

Dhaka Tribune was the media partner for the event.