Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

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Mohammad Rakibul Hasan (Template:Lang-bn; born 29 September 1977), also known as M R Hasan and MRH, is a Bangladeshi documentary photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker and visual artist. He has made black and white photographs about climate change, political violence and the Rohingya refugee crisis. He has also been practicing fine art photography and digital art since many years.[1]

Hasan was awarded the One World Media Awards 2022, and Lucie Awards Discovery of the Year 2018. He also received the 23rd Human Rights Press Awards for his series "The Looted Honor" on rape survivors of Rohingya Refugee from The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Journalists Association that recognizes top reporting on Asian news. [2]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Hasan was born in a small town in Sherpur, Bangladesh; he was the youngest of five children. Hasan was brought up in a middle-class Muslim family. He had a rich library in his home where he spent a long time reading literature and looking at art. He was passionate about painting from early childhood and practised writing Bengali poetry. Template:Citation needed

Hasan was introduced to photography while studying Film & Video Production at UBS Film School (Sydney Film School) at the University of Sydney. His interest in photography led him to become a professional photographer when he returned to Bangladesh. Hasan was granted a full scholarship from the World Press Photo (WPP) in the Netherlands to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. He studied for a Certificate of Higher Education in History of Art at the University of Oxford and studied for a One-Year Certificate in Creative Practices receiving a Director’s Fellowship at the International Center of Photography (ICP). He also earned a BA (Hons) in Photography from Falmouth University.[3]

Journal[edit | edit source]

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan (2018). Wave (Photo-essay). Asia Pacific Perspective: A publication of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies, University of San Francisco.[4]

Article & Interview[edit | edit source]

  • An Interview of Mohammad Rakibul Hasan about COVID-19, Daily Asianage [5]
  • PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020 – Non-Professional, First Place Winner in Press – The Last Savings [6]
  • ZEKE magazine, Guest Editor [8]

Work[edit | edit source]

Hasan contributes to The Daily Star, and Melbourne-based Falcon Photo Agency represented him, and later he joined New York City-based Redux Pictures. Template:Citation needed

The Asian Development Bank has commissioned Hasan,[9] FAO of the United Nations, International Committee for the Red Cross, Helen Keller Foundation, Save the Children, and Save an Orphan.Template:Citation needed

His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, online media, and books such as Asian Geographic Magazine, the BBC,[10] The Ecologist, The Sunday Times, The Invisible Photographer Asia, Lenscratch, CFYE Magazine, and Fluster Magazine.Template:Citation needed

Hasan's photo stories include Park Life,[1][11] Salt,[12][13] Wave, and I am Rohingya.[14][15]

He is the admin of Bangladeshi Photographers (BP) photography community, which he created in 2005.[16]

Exhibition[edit | edit source]

  • Nutrition Stories - Collaborative Responsibility for Change [17]
  • Photo Basal Festival 2020, Switzerland – “The Last Savings” – A photo series presented by Clair Gallery
  • Belgrade Photo Month Festival 2018, Serbia – a solo exhibition of “I am Rohingya” Photo Essay
  • Transcendence through images – a solo digital and appropriation art exhibition at Hotel La Meridian Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2018
  • Solo Exhibition selection for the “I am Rohingya” series at Belgrade Photo Month 2018, Serbia
  • 10th Anniversary of Social Documentary Photography (SDN), at Bronx Documentary Center, USA 2018
  • 10th Anniversary of Social Documentary Photography (SDN), at Bronx Documentary Center, USA 2018
  • ArtèFoto Exhibition 2011, Italy
  • Ian Parry Scholarship Exhibition 2011, Getty Image Gallery, London, England
  • People & Planet International Photo Exhibition 2010, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
  • Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010 Exhibition, Air Gallery, Mayfair, England
  • Food Security Photo Exhibition 2010, Alliance Francaise Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • “The Marginal Lives” duet Photo Exhibition 2009, Impressions Gallery, Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Microfinance Photo Exhibition at Credit Agri Cole, Paris, France 2008 (Inaugurated by Noble Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus)
Nutrition Stories - Collaborative Responsibility for Change Photo Exhibition - M R Hasan, Kala Kendra, Dhaka

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2016: Grand Prize Winner, L.B. Brown Memorial Prize 2015, APAN, Japan[18]
  • 2017: 2nd Prize in Fine Art and 2 Honorable Mentions in Documentary Series Categories, The 4th Global Student Photography Contest 2017, China[19]
  • 2017: Award of Excellence, United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and Sophia University, Japan 2017[20]
  • 2017: 2nd Runner-up, International Photo Competition on Sustainable Lifestyle 2017, CIDSE Together for Global Justice,[21]
  • 2017: Bronze Prize under Single Image Daily life Category, Life Press Photo Award 2017, Ukraine[22]
  • 2017: Honorable Mention – Categories: 2 Digitally Enhanced, 1 Editorial Politics, 1 Editorial Environment - International Photo Awards (IPA) 2017, USA[23]
  • 2017: Finalist – Everyday Heroine, Youmanity Photography Award 2017, UK[24]
  • 2018: Lucie Awards Discovery of the Year[25]
  • Grant Recipient from The Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP) on the Imaging Inequality Photography Project partnership with the Bergen University, 2022, Norway
  • Shortlisted on Story “Salt” at World Water day Photo Contest – 5th Edition 2022, Italy
  • Top ten at the Photo Contest 2022 on Ecosystem restoration in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, organized by ICIMOD, Nepal
  • Shortlist on Student Category (Photography Project) at the One World Media Award 2021, UK
  • Semi-finalist for “Salt” at GNG Green Earth Film Festival 2018, USA
  • Short Listed – CIWEM Environmental Video Contest 2011, England
  • Finalist – “Climate Genocide” – Water Climate Action Video Contest 2010, UN-Water & Water Channel, Mexico
  • 3rd Prize – “The Hunter” – GEF Biodiversity Video Contest 2010, Global Environmental Facility (GEF), USA
  • 2nd Runner Up – “The Effects of Climate Change” – My View on Asia Pacific Climate Change Short Film Contest 2010, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines
  • Finalist – “The Effects of Climate Change” – Exchanges Connect International Video Contest 2010 - the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, USA
  • Finalist – “Water World” – Water for life Video Contest 2010 – Water Aid Bangladesh & Desh T.V., Bangladesh
  • The Best Talent Award 2020 for the series of “The Last Savings” at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3)
  • Exhibition selection of “The Looted Honor” photo series on Rohingya Rape Survivors from July to October 2021 at NordArt 2021 International Art Exhibition, Germany
  • Shortlist for the series “The Last Savings” at 2020 CHROMALUXE X Lucie Foundation’s FINE ART SCHOLARSHIP, USA
  • One of the Winners among three from Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) and Omidyar Network’s ‘COVID-19: The Bigger Picture’ photo competition 2020, U.K.
  • Student Winner of Bar-Tur Photo Award 2020 for the series “Salt” under the contest theme of “Climate Change.”
  • Print Exhibition selection of the photo series “The Last Savings” at The 15th China Yixian International Photo Festival, China 2020
  • Exhibition selection (Print) for the series “The Last Savings” at Shanghai International Photography Festival 2020, China
  • Gold Winner for the two photo series “I am Rohingya” and “The Last Savings” under the Professional Category of Editorial Photography at the 2020 Budapest International Foto Awards 2020
  • Special Mention for the series “The Last savings” among the other 12 winners at the Rotterdam Photo 2021, Netherlands’ “Photo Festival & Awards.”
  • Honorable Mention (Photojournalism - Professional category) on 15th Annual at Black & White Spider Awards 2020
  • Winner of COVID-19 Reflections – Bar-Tur Photo Award 2020 for the series “The Last Savings.”
  • Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards (IPA) One-Shot “Movement” Photo Contest 2020, USA
  • Winner for the project “I am Rohingya” at the 100 Best Art, Design & Photography Competition and Book Publication 2019 by Creative Quarterly, New York
  • 2nd Place in the Deeper Perspective category at International Photography Awards (IPA) 2020, USA
  • 5th Place in the Humanitarian category for the long-term project “I am Rohingya” at Imagely Documentary Project Fund & Fellowship 2019 – 2020, USA
  • Exhibition selection of the project “The Looted Honor” for the 22nd Edition of the International Art Exhibition “NordArt,” Germany
  • Three Honorable Mentions in three different categories of Photo Story/Series Annual Photography Awards (APA) 2019
  • Finalist on the theme of “Dignity” at the Portraits Hellerau Photo Contest, Germany 2020
  • Shortlisted for the in-depth researched photo story titled “I am Rohingya” at the 2nd International Polyphony Photo Festival 2019, India

Film Screening[edit | edit source]

  • Salt (12 minutes multimedia film) screened at Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film Festival 2018, India
  • I am Rohingya (4 minutes multimedia film) – Al-Nahj International Film Festival 2017, Iraq

Jury[edit | edit source]

  • Jury at the New York Photography Awards 2022, USA
  • Jury at the Bar-Tur Photo Awards 2022, USA[26]
  • Jury at the Bar-Tur Photo Awards 2021, USA [27]
  • Jury at the 2013 CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest, World Bank, USA
  • Jury at the International Mother Language Day (IMLD) Photo Contest 2012, Sweden
  • Regularly act as a jury for the various photo contests organized in Bangladesh from 2007 to 2022.
  • Asian Press Photo 2023 [28]

References[edit | edit source]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Anil Cherukupalli (November 5, 2013) "In Conversation: Mohammad Rakibul Hasan" Template:Webarchive, Aksgar Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  2. (May 16, 2019) "The 23rd Human Rights Press Awards", The Human Rights Press Awards. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  3. Rakibul Hasan, Mohammad. "Biography". 
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  12. "Photo Story - Salt by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan". 23 April 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  13. "Salt". Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  14. "I am Rohingya, photo essay by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh • PRIVATE - photographers and writers". 26 December 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  15. "M R Hasan, I am Rohingya - The Eye of Photography Magazine". 16 December 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  16. Sumaiya Ahsan Bushra (February 27, 2012) "Mohammad Rakibul Hasan: Photojournalist", Bangladesh Young and Future (The Daily Star). Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  18. "Winner of L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest for August Announced - Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research". Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  19. "Global Photography · The 4th Student Photography Contest Global Photography". Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  20. "SDGs 学生フォトコンテスト2017 ブラジルのルイス・グスターヴォ・カヴァリェイロ・シウヴァさんが 大賞(外務大臣賞)を受賞! - 国連広報センター". Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  21. "CIDSE announces winners of the 2017 'Inspire Change' International Photo Competition". Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  22. "LifePressPhoto — International Salon of reporter photography 2017 - results". Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
  23. "Winners". Retrieved 1 November 2018. 
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