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PHOTOGRAPHER: Sumon Yusuf
Sumon Yusuf was awarded an honourable mention (photos catagory) in a youth photography and writing competition, launched by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with Transparency International (TI) to mark the 20th anniversary of TI, one of one of the world’s leading anti-corruption organisations. We asked young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to depict corruption and how to combat it. The competition was judged by Thomson Reuters Foundation, Transparency International and professional journalists and photographers.
In his words: “As a visual documentary photographer, I’m quite interested in documenting the social impact of corruption, which could be political or economic.”
Sumon Yusuf, 29, graduated in English literature and he has studied photojournalism at South Asian Media Institute, Pathshala in Bangladesh. A native of Bangladesh, he has worked for the past for three and half years for BRAC, an NGO dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor. He has documented several projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Currently Yusuf is studying visual literacy at the Asian Centre for Journalism of Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines.
His work has been exhibited and published in The Daily Star, The Daily Guardian, The Daily Observer, Development Asia, F-Stop Magazine, People & Planet Diary, One World Calendar, Helvetas, Switzerland, and 9th Angkor Photo Festival in Seam Riep, Cambodia. He won 1st place in the IREX Photo Contest, Washington D.C.; and won awards in the JP’s Prize for Contemporary Photography, Bangladesh, by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka; the 73rd International Photographic Salon of Japan, Asahi Simbun; CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest; and People & Planet Photo Contest, Australia.