While Bangladesh might be the minnows in test cricket. In the field of photography, Bangladesh has carved a space for itself. Former students of the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass, GMB Akash, Andrew Biraj, Munem Wasif and Saiful Huq Omi are amongst the finest photographers around today. Abir Abdullah, a student of the first World Press Photo seminar series in 1998, was a member of the international jury this year.
The international jury of the premier contest World Press Photo, is considered the UN of photojournalism. Its accolades are coveted by photographers across the world. Shahidul Alam, who has been a juror on four occasions, is the only Asian to have chaired the international jury, Besides these Pathshala photographers, Shafiqul Alam Kiron, a photographer from the MAP agency has also been a winner in the past.
The results of the 54th annual World Press Photo Contest were announced during a press conference at the Boekmanzaal in the Amsterdam City Hall, Amstel. This year again a record number of photographs with 108,059 images were submitted by 5,847 photographers. The photographers represent 125 different nationalities.
The members of the jury were:
• David Burnett, USA, photojournalist and founding member Contact Press Images
• Abir Abdullah, Bangladesh, photographer EPA and vice principal Pathshala South Asian Media Academy
• Vince Aletti, USA, freelance critic
• Koji Aoki, Japan, chief photographer Aflo sport / Aflo dite and president Aflo Co., Ltd.
• Peter Bialobreszki, Germany, artist
• Harry Borden, UK, photographer
• Giovanna Calvenzi, Italy, picture editor Sportweek / La Gazzetta dello Sport
• Marizilda Cruppe, Brazil, photographer O Globo / Eve Photographers
• Ruth Eichhorn, Germany, director of photography Geo
• Renata Ferri, Italy, photo editor Io Donna – Corriere Della Sera
• Heinz Kluetmeier, USA, photographer Sports Illustrated
• Mattias Klum, Sweden, photographer and filmmaker
• Héric Libong, Cameroon, head of photo department Panapress
• Enric Martí, Spain, regional editor AP for Latin America and Caribbean
• Wim Melis, The Netherlands, curator Noorderlicht
• Terence Pepper, UK, curator of photographs National Portrait Gallery
• Sujong Song, South Korea, independent curator and photo editor
• Sophie Stafford, UK, BBC Wildlife Magazine
• Aidan Sullivan, UK, vice president photo assignment Getty Images
• Daphné Anglès, France/USA, European picture coordinator The New York Times
• Stephen Mayes, UK, managing director VII Photo Agency
Former student Andrew Biraj, is currently a teacher at Pathshala The South Asian Media AcademyShow