'Growing up in Bangladesh, I was influenced by predominant prejudices and stereotypes about Hijras'
Bangladeshi photographer Shahria Sharmin has been named as a finalist for the Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) Documentary Award 2018 for her photo series titled “Call Me Heena.”
The photo series seeks to display the different sides of those in the Hijra (third gender) community.
“Growing up in Bangladesh, I was influenced by predominant prejudices and stereotypes about Hijras. Then, I met Heena, who opened her life to me and helped me get to know the other members of her community as the mothers, daughters, friends, and lovers that they are,” Sharmin was quoted as saying on the IPA website.
After completing a degree in public administration from Dhaka University, Sharmin discovered her passion for photography. She pursued her new interest at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy in Bangladesh and received a photography degree in 2014.
In 2014, Sharmin placed second for the Alexia Foundation student grant for “Call me Henna,” which was also selected for the Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 23 group exhibition in 2015. She is also a winner of the Pride Photo Award and has been recognized by the prestigious International Photographer of the Year competition.