Best Work by an Emerging Photographer | Nominee

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

Dhaka / BD

The Blue Fig


Global warming seems to have a more severe impact on certain countries than others because it affects the world climate. An immediate effect of global warming is the increased natural disasters like storm surges and floods, while sea-level rise is slow yet inevitable. Bangladesh, the world's largest delta, is a direct victim of global warming. Increased natural disasters like cyclones and oceanic tidal waves affect Bangladesh's coastal area. The coastal lowlands of this country have millions who, ironically, depend on the sea for their livelihood. Thus, Bangladesh is one of the scapegoats of climate change, a direct function of global warming. Bangladesh is a developing country that consumes fewer products than other western countries. Bangladesh's low-lying coastal areas are speculated to be submerged due to sea-level rise as the world temperature increases. The situation is worsened by immediate natural calamities like cyclones and tidal floods.


Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Dhaka, Bangladesh-based documentary photographer, filmmaker, visual artist, and art educator. His work explores human rights, social development, politics, the environment, and spirituality. Hasan was nominated for many international awards and won hundreds of photographic competitions worldwide, including the Lucie Award, One World Media Awards, Human Rights Press Award, and Allard Prize. His photography projects have been exhibited in Photo Basel, Shanghai Photo Festival, NordArt Festival, Berlin Photo Festival, Belgrade Photo Month Festival, Indian Photo Festival, and many other galleries worldwide. He pursued a One-Year Certificate in Creative Practices at the ICP – International Center of Photography, USA. Hasan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography from Falmouth University and an Undergraduate Certificate in Art History and Philosophy 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. Hasan works as a visual journalist for the ZUMA Press, Redux Pictures, Inter Press Service (IPS), and Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is a consultant photographer and filmmaker for the WHO, UN Women, Oxfam, Red Cross, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, ActionAid, WaterAid, and many other international non-profit organizations. The °CLAIR Galerie, Switzerland, represents his artworks. He is a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Fellow and was a former TEDx speaker. He is a 2022 Oxford Climate Journalism Network (OCJN) fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. Hasan is pursuing two-degree programs via distance learning: a part-time MA in Global Film and Television at Hertfordshire University and a BA (Honors) in Photography (Final Year) at Falmouth University, UK.