Digital Projection and Award Giving Ceremony
The award giving ceremony and digital projection of the second Mahfuz Ullah Memorial International Photo Contest was held on September 21, 2018 at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro. The chief guest of the event was renowned photographer Mohammad Ali Selim, GMPSA, GPSA, MFIAP, EFIAP/PLATINUM, Hon.FBPS.
Mahfuz Ullah Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Dr Rashid Un Nabi. The contest began in 2017 in memory of his beloved father, Mahfuz Ullah with the sole purpose of spreading his father’s name across the globe. Mahfuz Ullah was renowned for his photography back in his time. He started off with Kodak’s Baby Browny Camera and then added a lot of gears to his set. He also had his own dark room for his black and white pictures. Alongside his passion, he served Biman Bangladesh Airlines and gained recognition as the Best Country Manager three times in a row.
In this competition, a total of 7782 photos were submitted from 50 countries and best author of this contest was Arnaldo Paulo Che from Hong Kong and best photographer from Bangladesh was Mohammad Zakirul Mazed Konok. Several guests also attended the ceremony.
Mahfuz Ullah Memorial Foundation also honoured Hasan Saifuddin Chandan, EFIAP, Hon.FBPS with lifetime achievement award for photography. He started off by doing a course on basic photography from Begart Institute of Photography in 1991, and now has a total of eight national awards and 20 international awards. He also published a book, People at Kamlapur Railway Station, which consists of pictures of the daily commuters of the Kamplapur Station (1989-1994).
“I was part of the jury of last year’s competition and this is the first time I participated. It feels good to receive my first lifetime achievement award and that too from Mohammad Ali Selim, I couldn't have been more proud,” said Hasan Saifuddin Chandan, EFIAP, Hon.FBPS.
Mahfuz Ullah Memorial International Photo Contest is globally recognized event. It has been acknowledged by brilliant photographers from all around the world. There were five categories in this year’s competition -- Color, Monochrome, Nature, Photo Travel and Boat. Due to the huge number of entries this year, 30 prizes were given for each category. Very few contests occur which honor the participants with such a huge number of prizes. Next year there will be more valuable medals.
Throughout this contest, the only Bangladeshi who got a FIAP Gold Medal is Syed Zakir Hossain. Syed Zakir Hossain was born in Dhaka on July 14, 1968, and he started his career in photography since 1991. Several of his works have been exhibited and awarded both nationally and internationally. He is also known for his photo documentary-- Sonargaon: Our Glorious Past which was published in 2002 and Mosque Architecture in Bangladesh which was published by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2006. Alongside, he has been working as a photo journalist since 2003. He started off with The Daily Star as staff photographer and now is the Chief Photographer of Dhaka Tribune.
Some of the award-winning photos have been published on the photo story of Weekend Tribune, September 28, 2018.