The Judges

GMB Akash

GMB Akash (website)

Akash was commissioned by the UNHCR to take images of the urdu-speaking inhabitants of Geneva Camp. He is one of Bangladesh’s most well known photographers. Most recently he won the prestigious “International Travel Photograher of the Year, 2009.”  He has received more than 40 international awards from all around the world and his work has been featured in over 50 major international publications including: Time, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, Brand Ein, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Colors, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan, Hello, and Sunday Telegraph of London.

Annu Jalais

Annu Jalais

Annu Jalais is an anthropologist and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University where she is writing a book on marginalized Bengali identities. She is the author of ‘Forest of Tigers: People, Politics and Environment in the Sundarbans’ (Routledge). Over the last three years she spent many months researching in Bangladesh and is currently co-authoring, with Drs. Joya Chatterji and Claire Alexander, a book on ‘The Bengali Muslim Diaspora: Migration, Displacement and Settlement in Bangladesh, India and Britain’.

David Munoz

David Munoz (website)

David is a multi-award winning Spanish film and documentary director. Most recently in February 2010 he won the prestigious Goya award for his “Flowers of Rwanda.” A financial economist and former banking analyst in Japan, David’s film has won more than forty awards all over the world for his depiction of the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. David visited Dhaka in December 2008 and visited Geneva Camp, one of the urdu-speaker camps in the capital city Dhaka.

Mark Rendeiro

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro (website)

A Portuguese-American, Amsterdam-based, alternative-activist-journalist, independent podcaster, rogue media theorist specializing in online journalism, social movements, and has a healthy disrespect for journalistic conventions.

Asif Saleh

pic by Anwar Hossain

Asif Saleh (website)

Asif Saleh is a writer, technologist and a social entrepreneur based out of London.  He is the founder and current executive director for Drishtipat, a global human rights organization focusing on Bangladesh. In 2001, he started the then Internet based Drishtipat (Take Notice ) which became an umbrella of concerned diaspora expatriates that lobbied and ran campaign on human rights issues in Bangladesh focusing on stories that deserved larger attention. Currently it has 9 chapters in the USA, Australia, UK, Canada and Bangladesh with over 3000 members who focus on rights and development issues. After working for 12 years at Goldman, Sachs, in 2008, he decided to quit as an Executive Director and follow his passion to commit full time into becoming a social entrepreneur.  He now writes regularly for leading dailies in Bangladesh and in international magazines on society, politics, development and diaspora centric issues.  His write ups have been published in Guardian, Himal, Daily Star, New Age etc.  He has also been featured in CNN and Al Jazeera English.


The competition is closed. The exhibition was held in May 2010 at the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka. Read a full report at

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