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Ismail Ferdous

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Ismail Ferdous (born January 2, 1989) is a Bangladeshi photographer currently living in New York City, United States. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary photography. Most notably, he has been a National Geographic photographer.[1]

Background and Career[edit]

Ismail Ferdous was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1989.[2] His parents expected him to follow family tradition and become a banker, so he studied business and marketing at East West University in Bangladesh. However, after seeing a photography exhibit by the photography club at his university in 2009, he decided to save up money for a camera and pursue photography as a hobby.[2] By the time he graduated college, he decided to pursue photography professionally despite the wishes of his family and cultural expectations.[2] He continued to live in Dhaka as a photographer, where he documented the effects of global warming, workers' rights issues and HIV/AIDS on local communities.[3] Eventually, he began traveling to and documenting similar issues worldwide, and he eventually moved to New York City.[4]

His first ever publication was in The New Yorker, and since then, he has worked for NYTimes Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg News, MSNBC Photo, AlJazeera America, BBC Media Action, UNDP, Associated Press, Showtime, the World Bank, Oxfam, and the Ocean Conservancy.[4]

He is currently a contributor to New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Gero Germany, Le Monde, Stern Magazine, Washington Post, MSNBC Photo, BBC-Media Action, Al-Jazeera America, Redux Pictures, and ABC Australia.[4]

In 2016, one of Ferdous' photos was included in a curated book of ten images that former CEO of Instagram Kevin Systrom gave to Pope Francis.[5]

In 2019, Ferdous became a judge for the Alexia Foundation Grant.[6]

In addition to his photojournalism work, Ismail has done corporate assignments, most notably for Hermes France and Showtime USA.[4]

Ferdous is inspired by people and seeks to amplify his subjects' voice and tell their story. Additionally, he believes in finding unique angles to photography in order to provide a new perspective to a subject that may already be well documented.[2]

Awards and Grants[edit]

2016 – Winner of The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography 2016 – Selected for 32nd American Photography Book 2016.

2015 – Getty Images-Instagram Grant winner 2015

2015 – International Photography Awards- Professional: Editorial, Environmental- Honourable Mention

2015 – Awarded 1st Prize, Professional General News category in the "Prix de la Photographie"

2015 – National Press Photographers Association - Best of Photojournalism Award 2015- Honourable Mention

2015 – 3rd Prize Days Japan International Photojournalism Award

2015 – Dart Foundation Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowship

2015 – Fantadia Film Festival, Italy- Screened and Participant.

2014 – National Press Photographers Association- Best of Photojournalism Award 2014- 3rd Prize

2014 – Nominated and Selected as an attendee at LOOKbetween, USA.

2013 – Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop Scholarship, USA. One of the award winners participant.

2013 – Grand Prize in InterAction 13th photo contest 2013, USA.

2012 – Award of Excellence for the Alexia Foundation Grant 2012, USA.

2012 – Winner Artist of World Bank Imagining Our Future Together.

2012 – 1st Prize in ForeStClim photo contest 2012, Germany.

2012 – 1st Place, Gold Award in in the 2012 Commonwealth Photographic Awards, UK.

2012 – 2nd prize in People and Planet Award, Australia.

2012 – 2nd Prize in WHO-World AIDS Day 2011

2011 – Selected as Young photographer for The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan[4]


  1. "Ismail Ferdous". National Geographic. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "‎Foreign Correspondence: Ismail Ferdous - New York - National Geographic on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  3. "Ismail Ferdous". National Geographic. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Ferdous, Ismail. "About Ismail". Ismail Ferdous Photography. Retrieved August 21, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Laurent, Olivier (February 26, 2016). "Pope Francis Met With Instagram CEO to Discuss Power of Images". Time. Retrieved August 21, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Foundation, Alexia (2019-10-09). "Announcing the Judges for The Alexia 2019 Grant Competition". Alexia Foundation : News. Retrieved 2020-08-21.

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