Dignitaries and laureates pose for a photo during the inaugural ceremony of the seven-day photography exhibition titled Bangabandhu O Rupashi Bangla 2022 at BSA’s National Art Gallery auditorium on Tuesday. —Sony Ramany
Professional and freelance photojournalists have featured photographs depicting the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the scenic beauty and culture of Bangladesh in an ongoing exhibition at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital.
Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy jointly raised the curtain on the exhibition titled Bangabandhu O Rupashi Bangla 2022 at BSA National Art Gallery auditorium on Tuesday.
The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Hasan Mahmud, was present as the chief guest, while the Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, KM Khalid, and the President of the Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association, Golam Mostafa, were present as special guests at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the programme, which also included an award ceremony.
“Photojournalists take risks at work. They enrich history and play an important role in newspapers, which are the mirror of society,” said Hasan Mahmud.
“I hope the Bangladesh Photojournalists Association will have branches all over the country in the future,” added Hasan Mahmud.
“I hope the BSA Managing Director will put this photography exhibition on the organization’s calendar of events,” said KM Khalid.
“BSA will provide necessary support to the Bangladesh Photojournalists Association to help them organize this event every year,” said Liaquat Ali Lucky.
The guests also presented prizes to the winners of the photography competition.
Bangladeshi photojournalist Mohammad Ponir Hossain, who works at Reuters, won the first prize while Daily Ittefaq photojournalist Shamsul Haider Badsha received second prize and Samakal Md daily photojournalist Sajjad Mahmud Nayan received third prize. Additionally, freelance photojournalist Zakir Hossain Chowdhury won the judges’ special award.
Each winner received a crest, certificate and honorarium.
Three deceased photojournalists namely Md Alam, Rashid Talukder and Manu Munshi were honored posthumously. Organizers handed out awards to family members of deceased photojournalists.
Also, three veteran photojournalists namely ABM Rafiqur Rahman, Wase Ansari and Jalaluddin Haider were honored during the program.
The guests along with members of the Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association launched a souvenir and a photo book titled Bishwabandhu Bangabandhu.
Artists from the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy entertained the audience by performing dance recitals.
In addition, Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association Secretary General Kajal Hazra, BSA Secretary Md Asaduzzaman, Photo Exhibition and Contest Sub-Committee Organizer Moin Uddin Ahmed and Director from the BSA Fine Arts Department, Syeda Mahbuba Karim, among others, were present at the event.
Photojournalists from across the country submitted 693 photographs to the exhibit.
A three-member jury, consisting of journalist Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, photojournalists Firoz Chowdhury and Akkas Mahmud, selected 100 photographs for the exhibition, which includes 200 photographs.
Among them, 100 photographs portray the scenic beauty and culture of Bangladesh and 100 photos show different moments in the life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The exhibition will remain open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until June 6.