The photograph capturing the moment the law enforcers in Bangladesh were restraining the prominent photographer and activist Shahidul Alam from speaking to the press during a court appearance, won the 1st prize in International Photography Awards.
Daily Prothom Alo photographer Suvra Kanti Das won the prize for professional photographers under general news category.
The IPA puts up the photograph on its website with the caption: A Bangladeshi policeman grabs the mouth of activists and prominent photographer Dr. Shahidul Alam so that he doesn’t speak to the press during an appearance in a court, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 6, 2018.
‘This is a great achievement for me,’ Suvra told New Age over phone.
He said that he took the photograph while on assignment to cover Shahidul’s appearance before court.
‘It was a very important moment and I tried to give my best,’ said Suvra.
A band of plainclothes policemen picked up social activist and internationally acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam from his residence in Dhaka, on August 6.
The detention came hours after Shahidul had given an interview to Doha-based television channel Al Jazeera over a protest demanding safe road.
In his first appearance before court hours after the detention, Shahidul said, ‘I was hit [in custody]. [They] washed my blood-stained punjabi and then made me wear it again.’
His detention resulted in an international backlash against the government’s repressive handling of its critics. Shahidul is still denied bail.
The IPA is an annual event which recognizes works of professional, non-professional and apprentice photographers from around the world. This year the award was announced on October 3.
The award is given under a wide range of categories and each winner receives $1,000 as prize money.
This year five other Bangladeshi photographers won awards under different categories including Rohingya exodus, unjust exodus, silent scream of Rohingya children, I am Rohingya and lost childhood.
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