We are honored that the following persons will be on the jury for the photo and video competition:
- H.E. M. Riaz Hamidullah
Ambassador of Bangladesh in the Netherlands
- Ms. Annemieke Nijhof
Managing Director Deltares
- Din Muhammed Shibly
H.E. Riaz Hamidullah
Ms Annemieke Nijhof
Din Muhammed Shibly
Kudrat-e-khoda is a conservation photographer of Bangladesh also one of the pioneer photographer and organizer of nature and wildlife arena.
His working area is wildlife, Macro and Nature.
He loves nature and traveling science his childhood. From the very beginning, he has been interested in observing macro activity, wild animal’s activity, bird watching as also enjoying the beautiful landscape and watching the changes in bio-diversity and climate. In 1997, he opted for photography driven his appetite to conserve nature.
Over the past few years, his focus has mainly been on photographic documentation of native birds of Bangladesh and archiving of various species of bird photographs spotted in different corners of Bangladesh.
He has also photographed of various insects, butterflies and spider from different part of the country. He has contributed articles in various national dailies and periodicals; and also contributed to IUCN Red List. Jole Jongole, a television program by ATN News based on nature, featured him.
He took workshop regarding on this in different parts of Bangladesh on pro bono basis to build a strong conservation photographer community in Bangladesh. Now, he is involved with ‘International Education and Resource Network- Bangladesh’ in a project ‘Photo journalism 2’ as a guest lecturer.
He also served as a jury in various national photo contests.
He aims to continue his work of building a healthy conservation photographic and also build a strong conservation photographer community that contribute towards a healthy eco system.
He founded many photography clubs in Bangladesh; and acts as an advisor in over 50 organizations.
Din Muhammad Shibly is a professional photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh with a special interest in documentary photography. Alongside that, he has been a visiting faculty at various academic institutes for the past fourteen years.
He was born in the year 1977 in Rajshahi. Shibly completed his post-graduation on Mass Communication from University of Rajshahi in 1999. During his second graduation from Pathshala South Asian Institute of Photography, he started his career as a photojournalist for Daily Prothom Alo, a leading Bangla daily of Bangladesh in 2004. However Shibly soon realized that his passion rested elsewhere. After completing his BA in Photography in 2007 he promptly joined the reputed institution as a lecturer in July 2007. He worked there for six years until August 31, 2013. He is also a visiting lecturer of Dhaka University and The Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong. He has worked as ‘Head of Academics’ in the Department of Photography of Counter Foto until July 2015.
He is currently in an effort to establish an institute, namely ‘Chhaya Institute of Communication & Photography’ in Rajshahi and Dhaka. It will be the first institute of its kind in the north region of Bangladesh. He is also trying to continue of a photography based tabloid publication namely “Aalo”.
Apart from teaching, he has worked in ICE Media Ltd, brought by Bengal Foundation as a staff photographer, specifically for ICE Today (A monthly lifestyle magazine), ICE Business Times (a business monthly), Charbela Chardik (a Bangla lifestyle monthly) and Jamini (an international quarterly on arts) from 2005 to 2010 and also with The New Bangladesh Business as a Photo Editor from 2011 to 2012.
He is now working as Director of Photography at the Xfactor.
His prime arena of interest revolves around socio-political & environmental documentaries. Among, his ongoing projects, ‘Dhaka Ambience’ (started in 2002), ‘She’ (a continued project on his daughter Doyeeta, 15 minutes into her birth), ‘Gunijan’ (portrait series on most eminent persons of Bangladesh), ‘TIME/LIFE (life-long project on effects of climate change in Bangladesh)’ and ‘The Maze of Metal (Documentation on Shipbuilding Industries in Bangladesh)’ are worth mentioning. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Bangladesh Business, Jamini, ICE Today, Charbela Chardik, ICE Business Times, Bengal Barota, The Daily Star, Daily Prothom Alo, Daily New Age, Daily New Nation etc. His work has been exhibited in several galleries of Bangladesh and abroad, as 17 solo exhibitions and 27 group exhibitions.
Through his photography, he wants to depict social dilemmas and societal conflict to enable civic discourse. He feels that people need photography to help them understand what’s going on in the world, and believes that pictures can have a great influence on shaping public opinion and mobilizing protest.