GMB Akash

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GMB Akash
Native name জি এম বি আকাশ
Born GMB Akash
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Residence Bangladesh
Nationality Bangladeshi
Occupation Photojournalist
Years active 1996-present
Agent Panos Pictures
Known for Documentary photography
Notable credit(s) World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class, The Netherlands.
Home town Dhaka, Bangladesh
Religion Islam

GMB Akash (Bengali: জি এম বি আকাশ) is a Bangladeshi documentary photographer. He has received more than 80 international awards and his work has been featured in over 70 major international publications.

Early life[edit]

GMB Akash was born in 1977 in Bangladesh. He graduated from Mymensingh Zilla School.


Akash works as a photographer for Panos Pictures, UK,[1] and founded the First Light Institute of Photography in Narayanganj, Bangladesh in August, 2013. [2]


His work has been featured in publications including The Guardian,[3][4] the London Sunday Telegraph,[5] National Geographic, Vogue, The Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Fader,[6] Brand Ein, Marie Claire, Colors, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan and Hello.[citation needed]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Solo exhibition / book launch: First Light at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006[7]
  • “My Country, My People" at the Evangelische Stadtkirche Offenburg organized by the Evangelische Stadtkirchengemeinde, Pfarrer Peter Scherhans. Offenburg, Germany, 2007
  • "Dhaka- Hamburg" at the Town Hall Gallery. Hamburg, Germany, 2007
  • "The People from the Edge of the World" at the Town Hall Gallery. Castrop-Rauxel, Germany, 2007
  • "The Children from the Edge of the World" at the Hanes-Office. Brussels, Belgium, 2007
  • "Living on the Fringe" at the Der Spiegel Magazine Gallery. Hamburg, Germany, 2007
  • "Made in Bangladesh" in the Gallery of "Anti War House" in Sievershausen, Germany, 2007
  • Exhibition in the Press House of the Government. Berlin, Germany, 2007
  • Photo presentation "Bangladesh” on the Cap San Diego ship. In collaboration with Amnesty International. Hamburg, Germany, 2007
  • Photo presentation "Dangerous Photos" in the auditorium of the Gruner+Jahr Publishing House. In collaboration with GEO and Stern magazines. Germany, 2007
  • Photo presentation "Living on the Edge" in the auditorium of the Bonn University. In collaboration with Orient Asia. Bonn, Germany, 2007
  • "Made in Bangladesh" in the Regional Court Building, Baden Baden. In collaboration with the Justice Ministry, Germany, 2007
  • "Living on the Edge of Society"; the Gallery Kunstraum. Potsdam, Berlin, Germany, 2007
  • Photo presentation in FREELENS annual meetings 2007 at the Museum for Work. Hamburg, Germany, 2007
  • Charleston Center for Photography, South Carolina, US, 2009
  • "The Voice of the True Survivors" at the HAT's Photo Art Gallery in Alessandria, Italy, 2009
  • Survivors at Alliance Française de Dhaka, 2009;[8] Shanghai International Photo Festival, China, 2010; Galleria di Porta Pepice, Matera, Italy, 2010; The Portuguese center of Photography, Porto, Portugal, 2011; Anastasia Gallery, US, 2012;[citation needed] Lugano Photo Festival, Lugano, Switzerland, 2013[9]
  • Soulscapes at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010;[10] Alliance Française de Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2010
  • "Born to work", The images festival in Vevey, Switzerland, 2010
  • “Freedom to Create”, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011
  • My Mapless world, Art-Buvette APCd Gallery, Fribourg, Switzerland, 2013[11]
  • Laos - A rural perspective at T'shop Lai Gallery, Organized by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) Vientiane, Laos, 2013
  • "Water: Desert and Monsoon" with Gaetano Plasmati at Galleria di Porta Pepice, Matera, Italy, 2013


  • 1997, Special award from 20th Photo contest in Asia and Pacific cultural center for UNESCO (ACCU) Japan
  • 1999, Excellence from 23rd Photo contest in Asia and Pacific cultural center for UNESCO (ACCU) Japan
  • 2000, Certificate of Merit from India International Print Circuit (IIPC)
  • 2000, Photographer of the Year, Aalock Group of Photographers, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2002, Special award from international Asahi Shimbun photo contest, Japan
  • 2002, Humanity photo Award, China
  • 2002, third place, Press Foundation of Asia, Bangladesh Chapter, photo contest[12]
  • 2002, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, the Netherlands[10]
  • 2004, International Asahi Shimbun photo contest, Japan
  • 2004, Young Reporters Award, The Scope Photo Festival in Paris[8]
  • 2004, First and second Place in Photojournalism section from Popular Photography magazine annual photo contest, US
  • 2004, World congress Photo contest, Oslo
  • 2005, 3rd and 4th place, Photographer's forum magazine annual contest, US
  • 2005, "Best of Show" award from the Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, US[7]
  • 2005, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th place from WHO (World Health Organization) photo contest 2005
  • 2005, Silver Medal from China international Press Photo Contest 2005 in their Daily life photo story category.
  • 2006, First place (total five prizes) from the Friends of the Earth photo contest, The Netherlands
  • 2006, World Press Photo award, The Netherlands
  • 2006, Golden Award from Asia Press photo Contest, China
  • 2006, First place, Photographer's Forum magazine Annual photo contest, US
  • 2006, Finalist of Gordon Parks annual Photo Contest, US
  • 2006, Second place from the Gallery Art and Design annual photo contest, US
  • 2006, American Graphic Design award, 2006
  • 2006, Bronze and Honorable mention Award from China International Press photo contest, China
  • 2007, Third place from Days Japan international photography contest, Japan
  • 2007, Forth and Honorable mention from Photographer's Forum magazine Annual photo contest, US
  • 2007, Golden award from Asia Press Photo Contest, China
  • 2007, UNICEF Photos of the Year, 2nd place.[13]
  • 2009, Travel Photographer of the Year winner[3]
  • 2010, CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, Quality of Life winner[5]
  • 2014, one of ten finalists in Lugano Photo Days contest, Switzerland[14]


  1. ^ "GMB Akash, Panos Pictures. Accessed 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ "About me". GMB Akash. 
  3. ^ a b "Travel Photographer of the Year 2009: winner's gallery". The Guardian. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Pilkington, Ed (18 August 2010). "Half the Sky: how the trafficking of women today is on a par with genocide". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ a b "CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010 award winners", The Telegraph Accessed 6 April 2015.
  6. ^ "No kids: GMB Akash exposes the dependence and negligence of Bangladesh's child labor force". The Fader. 1 October 2010 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ a b "First Light in Akash's World". The Dhaka Courier. 5 May 2006 – via Infotrac Newsstand. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ a b "Akash's solo photo exhibition on Friday". United News of Bangladesh (Dhaka). 12 August 2009 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "Exhibition: Survivors by GMB Akash". Lugano Photo Days. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Year in Culture". The Daily Star. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Photography - Voyage Collection". IMPress (Press release). International Press Association. 15 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Photojournalism plays key role in enriching newspapers". The Independent (Bangladesh: FDCH e-media). 6 February 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ "Photo Gallery: UNICEF Photos of the Year 2007". Spiegel Online. 18 December 2007. 
  14. ^ "Contest 2014 Photo Gallery Finalists". Lugano Photo Days. 

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