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Bangladeshi photographer in top 10 of 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

  • Published at 09:42 pm March 26th, 2019
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Out of total 326,997 entries from 195 countries and territories, Sounak has been selected as one of the 10 young photographers shortlisted in the student competition of the 2019 awards

A Bangladeshi photographer Sounak Das, has been shortlisted in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards for his series on architectural body of work that pictures the road network in Dhaka.

Out of total 326,997 entries from 195 countries and territories, Sounak has been selected as one of the 10 young photographers shortlisted in the student competition of the 2019 awards, says a press release.

Sounak, 25, is a student at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Bangladesh. He was shortlisted for the series Wire Formation. He then created the striking second series titled Urban Monuments, an architectural body of work that pictures the road network in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“Being shortlisted is significant, as the Awards offer young photographic artists unparalleled opportunity to showcase their art to a global audience and is a vital support to anyone looking to make a career in photography,” said a media release from the World Photography Organization.

The World Photography Organization (WPO) will announce the winner of the coveted Student Photographer of the Year title on April 17 in London where the winning student will receive €30000 (Euros) worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for their institution.

In London, students will receive expert portfolio reviews, a masterclass with world-renowned artist Nadav Kander (recipient of the Awards’ 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize) and have their work shown as part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.  

The images will be exhibited in London from April 18 until May 6, 2019, before touring globally to countries including Japan, Italy and Germany.

Describing his inspiration for Urban Monuments, Das says: “Viewed through the nocturnal gaze, Dhaka’s roads become elevated corridors which crisscross over the entire city, a city in the process of expansion as the locals are stressed, dawdling near the traffic. The unprecedented growth of a city’s infrastructure amuses any explorer in the dark. The developing city has its own supernatural reflection at night, after the day has burnt out. 

Resonating in the midnight silence, the banal monumental structures transform Dhaka into a modern city. This ethos manifests in competing urbanization in the capital city to which I belong. Exploring the wider spaces of a crowded city, my intention is to observe these monuments of invisibility with several light sources projecting from uncanny directions. I produce images in a 4:5 aspect ratio in greyscale. The photographs depict the reality of the 21st century which we inhabit, possessed by our civilization.”

One of the judges of the student competition Jason Baron (Creative Director of Photography, BBC Creative) said: “What’s been so interesting to see in this year’s Student competition is the range, variety and diversity of the images on show, not just in the subject matter, but in the genre of photography. It’s good to know that the future of all the different kinds of photography is safe in the hands of some great young talent.”

The Sony World Photography Awards is widely recognized as the leading global photographic awards program in existence.

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