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  • Crisis of girls’ education in Nigeria, during the pandemic - by Richard Juilliart

    Richard Juilliart , a freelance Photographer since 1999 based in Switzerland, cover the story on how COVID-19 is creating a girls’ education crisis in Nigeria COVID-19 is creating a girls’ education crisis in Nigeria. Girls and young women are the first to be removed from school, the least likely to learn from home and the last to return to the classroom. Before the pandemic, the education system in Nigeria was already strained and characterised by stark gender inequalities.Now fears of COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the pandemic threaten to prevent even more girls from returning to the classroom. If leaders don’t act now, we risk losing another generation of girls. Gender, like geography and poverty, is an important factor in the pattern of educational marginalization. States in the north-east and north-west have female primary net attendance rates of 47.7 percent and 47.3 percent, respectively, meaning that more than half of the girls are not in school. The education deprivation in northern Nigeria is driven by various factors, including economic barriers and socio-cultural norms and practices that discourage attendance in formal education, especially for girls. Richard Juilliart Freelance Photographer since 1999 based in Switzerland. Four time official Olympic Games photographer, Richard covered all sports and International Olympic Committee events, in Torino, Beijing, Vancouver and most recently in London. He also captured the future great Olympians at the first two Youth Olympic games in Singapore and Innsbruck as per the request of the IOC. In addition to the Games, Richard often receives requests to work for the International Sport Federations and is regularly commissioned by newspapers from around the world. Since 2006, his multi-facetted talent and experience led Richard to work for several Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and other private institutions. Through NGO client, Krousar Thmey, he depicted the daily life of street children in Cambodia. Richard reported on the life amputees in Bosnia and he has also captured the full impact of nature’s disasters; the tsunami in Indonesia and the earthquake in Haiti. Publications: National Geographic/Le Figaro / Le Figaro Madame / Gulf News / USA Today / Le Soir / Huffington Post / Elle / Paris-Match / Marie-Claire / China Daily / Hors-Ligne / Trajectoire / Samsara / La Tribune de Genève / Le Courrier / La Liberté / L’impartial/ Le Parisien / Le Temps / Le Matin / Jordan Times / MVP / NZZ / Qatar Tribune / Financial times / Hyde Park Daily / La Presse / 20 Minutes / Le Figaro / L’Humanité/Libération / La croix / le Point / Forbes / Aljazeera / BBC / CBS / CNN /NBC/ Geo / Sport&Vie / Rhein Zeitung / SportsFeatures.com / New York Times / Los Angeles Times / La Croix / El Mundo / Al Khaleej / Khaleej Times/ Neewsweek/ Gulf News / El Pais / Liberation.fr / lexpress.fr / Times of Israel/Forbes/ Sciene et vie/ BBC/ Sports Illustrated /USA Today/ Emirates Woman/ Telegraph/ Arabian Business/ The Arabian Post /Emirates Business/ Newsweek Middle East / The Daily Star/The National/ Tatler/ www.richardjuilliart.com Instagram All Photos are Copy Righted by (C) Photographer Classic book by Sebastião Salgado AFRICA is a must collection:

  • The impact of pandemic "The Last Savings" by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

    Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Dhaka Based documentary photographer, filmmaker and visual artist. His work explores the themes of human rights, social development, migration, gender violence and the environment. His images express the resilience of human spirit and strength at adversity. The world is at risk of widespread famines caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The impact of global economic devastation caused by Covid-19 has already declared as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the Second World War. The number suffering from hunger could go from 135 million to more than 250 million. For Bangladesh it has become a human and food crisis catastrophe both. House maid Hamida Begum who is now out of work said, “We only have forty Taka (Less than US fifty cents) at home. We have to drink poison, if we cannot go out for work. Who will save us from hunger?” The sufferings of approximately 7 million slum dwellers around Dhaka city are multiplying due to fall in income and price hike of consumer goods. There is hardly any food supply left in low income people’s houses, let alone ensuring cleanliness. Most slum dwellers living in different parts of the capital no longer worrying about the virus and its infection but what worries them is hunger as they cannot go out for work. Their empty food storage and remaining little food supply cannot save them from starvation and hunger in coming days. Artist Statement about story behind the artwork “The world is at an impending risk of widespread famines caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The impact of global economic devastation triggered by Covid-19 has already declared as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the World War II. The number of suffering from hunger could go from 135 million to more than 250 million. For Bangladesh, it has become a death toll, socio-economic pandemonium and food shortage upheaval. In my photo story, “The Last Savings” I depicted how it has become a hunger pandemic and 7 million slumdwellers are living at the edge of this disaster in mega city Dhaka. In one of the photographs from my photo story, Khadiza Begum (38) is carrying her daughter Sumaiya (2). She along her husband sells pickle in the street. After lock down, they are not able to go out in the street anymore. As soon as they are out of income, they are now left without food supply. After paying 4000 Taka (US $50) house rent, they now have no money left to buy daily grocery. I found that they have food left equivalent to one dollar for unforeseeable future. Most slum dwellers living in different parts of the capital no longer worrying about the virus and its infection but what worries them is hunger as they cannot go out for work. Their empty food storage and remaining little food stuff cannot save them from starvation and hunger in coming days. The world should know the consequences what marginal people are facing and that is what I intended to showcase through my work.” Mohammad Rakibul Hasan 37 years old Hamida Begum works as house maid. She and her daily laborer husband both are now jobless. The little food supply they have now won’t last in their five members family. Hamida Begum said, “We only have forty taka now. We have to drink poison, if we cannot go out for work. Who will save us from hunger?” Dhaka, Bangladesh 30-years old Kulsum Begum is struggling with her three children since her husband died last year. After lock down she is staying at home and lost her housemaid job. Only food her family has is insufficient to run a few days. She has no one in the city that can help her to survive. Dhaka, Bangladesh 35 years old Shipli Rani Shiuli lost her job after Government announced lockdown in Bangladesh. She is the sole breadwinner and takes care of her two sons since her husband left her. She has little groceries that will last for maximum two days now. With no income she has no idea how she will be able to manage food for coming days. Dhaka, Bangladesh Textile worker Helena Begum (35) lost her job as her factory layoff last month. She along her five years old daughter Shakiba and elderly mother are now staying half feed almost every day. Helena’s husband left the family after she gave birth to a daughter. She has no one to help her with loan or temporary aid. Dhaka, Bangladesh Aklima (35) is standing with her one and half year-old daughter Suborna in their one bed-room slum house. She sends her three children in the village as they are unable to manage food for the family now. Every morning she along her rickshaw pullar husband and child only drinking water. With little food left she can only cook once a day. Dhaka, Bangladesh Firoza Begum (50) has been working as house maid for last thirty years. This is first time due to lock down she is unable to work. Her two sons lost their job recently. Like other slum dwellers she and her family are struggling for daily food supply. Firoza with her two grandchildren Fahima (left) and Selina (right) are feeling uncertain about their future. She doesn’t know when they will be able to eat trice a day again. Dhaka, Bangladesh House maid Kohinoor Begum and her security guard husband Abul Kashem both are now staying at home. Due to lockdown Kohinoor lost her job. The only house they had in their village went in river. During their three years stay in Dhaka they never face such poverty and hardship before. With little food supply and thirty-taka cash their five members family fear to starve in coming days. Dhaka, Bangladesh 40-years old Anowara Begum works as house maid. She and her rickshaw pullar husband can no longer work due to lock down. They along their three children are eating once a day to save their remaining grocery. She calls her previous employer for help with food aid. If lock down continues, she fears her family will be in the street to beg or to die. Dhaka, Bangladesh Sahara Khatun’s (60) only son works in a hospital as peon. He stops going to work since the hospital is lock down for virus outbreak. Now Sahara with her disable husband is spending days of uncertainty and starvation. The little food supplies the family possess will run a day or two. Dhaka, Bangladesh House maid Kulsum Begum (38) fears for her daughter Runa’s (15) safety under lock down. She is looking for food aid since the day her employer dismissed her job. As a single parent she is unable to provide enough and now both mother and daughter are almost starving daily basis. Dhaka, Bangladesh Siuli Begum (22) survived an abusive marriage and moved to Dhaka with her son Mehedi (3). House maid Siuli is no longer continuing her work due to lock down. At present she has almost no food supply to eat at next day. When her child cries for food she gives him biscuit as there is little rice left in the house. Dhaka, Bangladesh Khadiza Begum (38) is carrying her daughter Sumaiya (2). She along her husband sells pickle in the street. After lock down they are not able to go out in the street. As soon as they are out of income, they are now left without food supply. After paying 4000-taka house rent they now have no money left to buy daily grocery or food supply. Dhaka, Bangladesh All Photos and text are Copy Righted by the photographer (C) About the photographer: Debiprasad Mukherjee Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Dhaka Based documentary photographer, filmmaker and visual artist. His work explores the themes of human rights, social development, migration, gender violence and the environment. His images express the resilience of human spirit and strength at adversity. He uses still images, text, videos, drone footage and VR to provide multi-faceted storytelling for editorial and non-profit clients. His work has published in major international outlets including Le Monde, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Sunday Times among many. He has been commissioned by non-profits such as Oxfam, Save the Children, Water Aid, Asian Development Bank (ADB), The World Bank, Concern, FAO of the United Nations, UN Women, USAID among others. His photo project ‘Salt’ was nominated for Ian Parry award and Joop Swart Masterclass. Hasan was nominated for many international awards and won hundreds of photographic competitions worldwide including Lucie Award, Human Rights Press Award and Allard Prize. His work has been screened and exhibited in various countries including USA, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Austria, Germany, Poland, UAE, Russia, and UK. His latest exhibition was on ‘Gender Violence and Migration’, organized by UN in Thailand. Hasan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography from Falmouth University, UK and an Undergraduate Certificate in Higher Education in History of Art from Oxford University. He also pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism from Ateneo de Manila University. And graduated in Film & Video Production from UBS Film School at the University of Sydney. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Belfast School of Art at Ulster University. He is represented by Redux Pictures and ZUMA Press. And working as contributing journalist for the Daily Star and Reuters. He is a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Fellow. Hasan is also a faculty member of Counter Foto, a center for visual arts in Bangladesh. As a native Bangladeshi Hasan has extensive work experience in Bangladesh. And an additional reporting experience in Nepal, Thailand, Panama, Indonesia and Philippines. He has experience reporting on emergencies such as covering Rohingya exodus, South Asian flood, World’s biggest industrial disaster, political unrest, cyclone, fire tragedies, earthquake, covid-19 pandemic and many other socio-economic and political issues. www.mrhasanphotos.com

  • International open call of Photostory to be part of The COVID-19 Visual Project

    The COVID-19 Visual Project (covid19visualproject.org) is a multimedia platform that aspires to become a permanent archive of the coronavirus pandemic. It is an ongoing repository that will host a variety of contents documenting the global events and widespread emotions defining this unique moment in history. Our ultimate goal is to create a stable space to gather meaningful visual material we can return to in an attempt to understand what happened, how and why; and to remember a time when humanity as a whole was forced to press ‘pause’, together. The COVID-19 Visual Project will represent a collective historical memory that might help us not to forget this time of distance we all had to experience and endure, each in our own way. Beginning date May 18 2020 Deadline January 31 2021 Submission category Photo Series Mini Stories Submission fee Free Number of images 12 - 20 Photo Series Up to 5 Mini Stories Deadline: Jan 31, 2021 Prize: online permanent archive contribution Entry: Free Apply: covid19visualproject.org Other stories on same topic

  • "I am discovering and rediscovering myself" photo series by Pritam Dutta

    Pritam Dutta is an Indian freelance photographer based in Kolkata, India, uses photography as a vehicle to understand his world around. “You don't need an ocean to feel like you're drowning. You feel it, between your chest and your throat, the weight of it stretching you outside yourself, like a dead fish on the shore. “ I am a part of a time where an entire generation is stuck on traffic Jam, waiting tables, long queues. Performing daily activities like a simulated robot, slaves with White collar. Our thoughts and wishes are carefully preserved in cache files under the observation of some complex algorithm. We've all been raised on television to believe that our existence depends upon some argument over a debate panel. We are a consumer and by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Just when you start to think that we have no purpose or place, no Great War, no Great Depression suddenly you are surrounded with a global pandemic, severe cyclone, an unavoidable global economic recession and many more pessimistic situations. For the last three month I am under lockdown as most of the people in the world. Government has imposed lockdown over the whole country and a mechanical voice always reminding us that we should stay inside our houses and maintain social distancing. During this time I am discovering and rediscovering myself and my home. Through this photo essay I tried to represent my emotions, thoughts, dreams surrounding every corner of my home.Trapped inside my thoughts like a fish trapped inside an aquarium, like a kite tangled on a cactus .It is a visual representation of my imagination as a fiction. I have tried to frame the idea of juxtaposition of imaginations and emotions surrounds my home .Our Home holds our memories, fears and desires, assembled like furniture and surrounded by mental clutter. This is the visual representation of my thoughts wrapped with the fear of uncertainty, privilege of shelter, suffocation of repeated routine and hope of overcoming. Though my body is locked inside four walls, chained with digital bits and bytes my soul is travelling like a fast train in search of the rainbow beyond the horizon to find my dream and fantasy. All Photos and text are Copy Righted by the photographer (C) About the photographer: Pritam Dutta Pritam Dutta is an independent photographer who currently lives in Kolkata, India. His professional career started as a software engineer, but he decided to make a change to pursue his true passion for photography. The curiosity and hunger for learning that had motivated his engineering career did not vanish. Pritam now uses photography as a vehicle to understand and help depict issues that puzzle him, and satisfy his passion for learning. Love for painting drove him towards photography to capture the emotions and actions of people . Among his most prominent themes are culture, religion and people. To him photography is the best platform to represent moments of truth. He can be reached: FB Page Instagram

  • "Coronavirus is not over yet, PPEs are already creating new hazard" work of Sabina Yesmin

    Sabina Yesmin a Dhaka.Bangladesh based dynamic and motivated young Photojournalist sees the Covind 19 from her eye. With the continuation of COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh, people are getting infected with this deadly virus in the country very regular basis. Mass media is continuously working here to create awareness among people to ensure social distance and other health guidelines set by the health ministry. Although the people are not much comfortable with following the health guidelines before, they are now at least getting used to with wearing face masks. However, they are still unaware of keeping or destroying their used safety-materials, which is posing a massive threat to the environment of the country. Throwing used masks and hand gloves here and there may increase the spread of coronavirus rapidly. The photos were taken from various areas of the capital. The coronavirus is not over yet. In the meantime, discarded masks, gloves, PPE, etc. are creating new health risks. These are accumulating all over the country, including the capital and its suburb areas. Neither the health department nor the city corporation seems to have any headaches about what to do with this used safety equipment after use. Now, it is seen that there are millions of abandoned gloves and masks lying around the house, on the sidewalk and in the sewer. Not to mention the serious pollution of the environment, many of them are at risk of coronavirus reinfection. In Bangladesh, we have got green deserts, rivers, hills and haors (waterbody). Rivers are the main source of livelihood in the world. The river is only pride as a memory of the past. In the sixties, the number of rivers decreased from 800 to 230. We have poisoned the rivers and polluted the rivers. Like the heart, we have created innumerable blocks in the blood vessels of the rivers. The government's recent river rescue operation has generated quite a response. The High Court declared the river a living entity in February last year, meaning that the river's legal right of protection from any damage has been recognized. However, the waste of billions of masks has created a new challenge. According to a study, 1,592 tons of surgical mask waste was generated in just one month from March 26 to April 25. Thus, Covid-19 has threatened food security all over the world. The world is terrified of economic downturn, stress and death march. Among them, the waste of masks and gloves is intensifying the environmental crisis. How will the masks used by billions of people be disposed of as waste? Will this new type of waste, after crossing the drains, finally be stored in the riverbed? We have to find out the solution to the problem with the waste mask. What will be the waste management of the used mask? Waste cannot be hidden; pollution does not follow any geographical boundaries. It will definitely have an impact on the environment. All Photos and text are Copy Righted by the photographer (C) About the photographer: Sabina Yesmin Sabina Yesmin, work as a stuff Photojournalist with ‘Daily Prothom Alo’ since 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Daily Prothom Alo is the most popular National Bangla Daily Newspaper in Bangladesh and all over the World. She has completed her Masters on Journalism and Mass Communication from Daffodil International University, Dhaka. She also has done her basic and advanced course of photography at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. She considers herself as a dynamic and motivated young Photojournalist. During this tenure she covered many social, cultural issues as well as Gender and Public Health, Rohinga refuses crisis, National Election, Tobacco control and violence of Women and Children. She achieved News Network Best Reporting Award 2013, Campus to Career Youth Award 2016 as a Young Photojournalist and Reporter, Transparency International Bangladesh Photo Competition Award 2016, 1st DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) Photography Exhibition Bangladesh Award 2018 and Meena Media Award 2018 in Visual Photography. last year she got the conveners choice public health photo contest 2019.

  • "My lockdown days as a mother homemaker and a photographer" by Ferdous Tasni

    Ferdous Tasni is a Dhaka based photographer documents her lockdown days from personal viewpoint. Mid-March 2020, the world was already at the risk of widespread spread of infection caused by coronavirus pandemic (Covid -19).When the lockdown started here in Dhaka exactly 20th march many of us didn’t understand the concept of staying home for a long time……..my husband started working from home around 25th march and I also stopped going to the studio (newborn photography) we also told our temporary maid not to come for an uncertain time. As our country is one of the densely populated country in the world social distancing is nearly impossible socially, culturally and physically. Although we are in an atom family, but the family bonding is very strong within my in-laws family and we used to meet almost every day after the day’s work. As well as the friend circle is in also like our family members. It was difficult to adjust to this new normal life, keeping social distance from each other. New norm of keeping a safe distance, everyone is locked in their home like prisoners, being a mother of one child I can see children were becoming restless and hyper. I started photographing our daily activities as a mother, house maker and as a photographer and I saw amidst all this sadness, fear of unknown disease. However there are also saw some hope of positivity and beautiful side of life. I watched the beautiful bonding between my husband and daughter, I watched my husband creating music from his heart, and we got to cherish the little thing in life. While we were staying at home let the nature heal, we came to the realization that we need to live in harmony with mother nature and stop destroying our environment………. All Photos and text are Copy Righted by the photographer (C) About the photographer: Ferdous Tasni Ferdous Tasni is a freelance photographer from Bangladesh. She finishes her graduation in English literature from Premier University Chittagong. A hobbyist taking pictures all of her friends and family during her university life became serious in photography after her marriage when she shifted to Dhaka from Chittagong. She completed a basic photography course from Pathshala the south asian media academy in 2011, followed by few photography workshops and mentorship programs which helps her to understand the medium and language more deeply. She is more into social documentary photography and believes that she can raise awareness and address problems in society through her photographs. Her photo story published in The Daily Star a leading English daily in Bangladesh. Her photos selected and exhibited in many group exhibition organized by popular photography community in Bangladesh. Her photographs also selected and exhibited in AUW (Asian University for Women) Photo carnival.

  • Quarantine Journal "Rebirth of another Soul" by Sandipa Malakar

    Sandipa Malakar is Kolkata based photographer, her work during the pandemic, this lockdown might be the most unprecedented phenomenon happened in our lifetime. A much-needed return to ‘sweet home’ was the top most priority after spending one week taking photos of widows in Vrindavan. Already people started returning home from different places wearing masks and keeping a sort of social distance as the COVID 19 has rang the bell of danger. Landed safely in Kolkata but the anxiety didn’t banish. Our government has called the lockdown within a few days. The environment of my home was already changed, it was no longer a ‘sweet home’’ as nightmares had started there already. This pandemic, this lockdown might be the most unprecedented phenomenon happened in our lifetime. In some countries older generations are just getting wiped out. Most of our plans for this entire year are getting cancelled by each passing day similar to the people who had so many unfinished works to complete yet suddenly stopped breathing and surrendered to this deadliest disease. Doctors and other health care workers are more prone to this infection due to their close contact with the infected patients and many of them died across the continents all over the world as they got the infection during treating their patients in the hospitals by discharging their duties. Kolkata, the city of joy is under lockdown for months. This lock down has been taken differently by different people. Few people have taken it seriously considering the gravity of the situation but for few it is like a paid long holiday. As most of the people are working from home or enjoying the leave their presence in the social media has increased dramatically to break the boredom as well as to remain connected to others. Some people are just ignorant of everything and busy in playing and accepting challenges in social media to show their skills. In this situation, I somehow feel to write something. I belong to a doctor’s family. We have no luxury to spend this lock down period as a holiday in contrast it happens to be a nightmare to us as the other family member has to go to the hospital regularly. He has to attend the patients, deal with the infected samples or work with the already infected health care workers unknowingly. Me and my husband are staying in a flat in a gated compound. When he left in the early morning for his duty, I try to engage myself in my own world for rest of the days but it is not always possible as my mind is full of insights what is happening around. The number of infected cases is increasing rapidly by each passing day and we can’t even meet our aged sick parents because of the fear that they may get the infection from us. Almost every day after seeing the photos of cloudscape, rainbows, sunsets in social media I really feel jealous to my fellow photographers. I am not even allowed to go to the terrace of our flat because of the fear of social outrages and stigma what the health care providers are unfortunately facing by the common people although they are working for the interest of entire society. Already many health professionals are treated badly by their neighbors and few of them are not even allowed to enter to their housing complexes when they are returning from their work. Due to this fear I usually avoid to go outside during these days. If anyone becomes aware of my husband’s work, we may get the same treatment from our society members. Therefore, my window and my small balcony have become my only breathing place during this lockdown period. Nowadays my camera has become my only friend to share my emotions and feelings. Instead of dreaming, playing and accepting any challenges in social media. we are just praying that everything gets recovered quickly and each person including our closed ones remain healthy and fine. Stay home, stay safe. All Photos and text are Copy Righted by (C) Sandipa Malakar About the photographer: Sandipa Malakar, quitted her managerial post only to pursue photography as a new career. While inspired by history, culture, films and music, a die-hard traveler Sandipa started documenting people, culture and places around the world. She takes photos of street life with spontaneity and tries to discover the beauty of moments in everyday life. Her photos describe the story with mysterious and beautiful light and color. Her photo series on different cultural and religious events have been published in different magazines. Her new series on “City of Salvation” will be exhibited in the "Les Focales du Pays d'Auge" in Honfleur in France, August till October 2020. Recently she has started to work as a researcher to do in depth documentary photography on various social and environmental issues. www.sandipamalakar.com www.instagram.com/sandipa_malakar

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