OUR JURY

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Mario Bejagan Cardenas

Architect/ Photographer/ Artist based in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mario Cardenas is a Filipino architect based in Dubai with 18 years professional experience, he had been involved on many exciting international projects such as Dubai Creek Harbour Tower – the next tallest building in the world, EXPO 2020 UAE Pavilion, Paramount Towers, Google MEA Headquarter, EXPO Village and many more. He is also an artist, who loves sketching, drawing and painting, he had won various art and painting competitions in the Philippines.

Mario’s journey in photography has been making his mark in international photography competitions since 2010. His passion and talent in photography are manifested through numerous accolades and honors for his works, garnering 400 awards from various international photography competitions in the: USA, UK, Switzerland, Canada, France, Australia, Austria, Germany, China, Singapore, Japan, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE and the Philippines.

He conducted many local and international photography exhibitions, and his photography works have been published on various magazine, prints, books, and newspapers. Also, he has been selected as one of the juries/ judges of international photography competitions for: FIBA International Photography Competition in Switzerland, Toshiba Excellence Award in Dubai, Dhaka Photo Academy in Bangladesh, and many more.

A visionary architect, photographer and self-taught artist, Mario always ensures distinctive and stand-out images by elucidation of the diversity and vibrancy of his subject with story-telling captured from unique perspectives. Mario dreams to travel extensively and cover exotic places with essential human elements, curate photography exhibitions and galleries, and have his works appear in various publications around the world.

 

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Saud Al Faisal

Travel photographer

Saud A Faisal is one of the prominent initiators of many photographic activities and organizations in Bangladesh. He is the founder of the largest photography community of Bangladesh "Through the Lens".
 
Saud started to develop his passion for photography in an early student age and completed his Diploma in Black & White Photography from Alliance Française de Dhaka in 1996. During his long active endeavors in photography, Faisal has received recognitions from various national and international arenas. He organized, participated and also served in different capacities in a wide range of exhibitions and workshops in different parts of the world.He is the Sony Alpha ambassador of Bangladesh.
 
Being an enthusiast traveler, Saud's passion is travel photography. He also conducted several Photo Expeditions in Bhutan.
Awarded in IPA, 1st Editorial and 3rd in children category of Non professional section, 2016
1st position award in Tokyo Foto Awards in Environment category, Japan 2016
Finalist participants of the exhibition in Lille in Foundation EuropAtlas , France, 2015
Honorable Mention in Portrait category in Moscow INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS (mifa), Russia, 2014
RPS Ribbon in International Photographic Art Exhibition : Lines by Photodivan, Egypt, 2014
2nd Position in Voice of America (VoA) photo contest , Washington, USA, 2013
Honorable Mention in WPGA Portrait Award juried by Steve McCurry by WPGA, UK, 2013
Salon Honorable Mention in International Salon by Club Kula, Serbia, 2013
Salon Mention in Life Balance 2013 contest, Belgrade, Serbia, 2013
SDN Featured Photographer of the Month December, Social Documentary Network, 2013
Finalist for the portrait contest Shoot the Face by Shoot the Frame, Melbourne, Australia, 2013
PSA Silver Medal and PSA Bronze in Salon of photography - Between the sky and the earth, Slovenia, 2012
Honorable Mention in 2ndInternational Salon of photography Cacak, Serbia, 2012
FIAP Silver Medal in 8thinternational photography contest by Orhan Holding, Turkey, 2012
FIAP Honorable Mention in Life Balance 2012 contest, Belgrade, Serbia
UPI Mention in International exhibition of photography MOF 2012, Turkey
Honorable Mention in 2nd Budapest International digital photo contest, Hungary, 2012
Grand Award BPS-Samsung 10th National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Dhaka, 2011
Category winner and People’s Choice award in “People in railway and tram environments” by Sydney Powerhouse, Australia, 2011
FIAP Gold medal and Silver medal in 7th international photography contest by Orhan Holding, Turkey, 2011
FIAP Gold Medal and Saloon Gold Medal in 1stinternational contest “Earth Mother”,Argentina
Nomination Award in Humanity Photo Awards (HPA) by China Folklore Photographic Association, China, 2011
Silver Award in People and Portrait Category in amateur section of International Aperture Award , 2010
Honorable Mention award United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Photography Award, Dhaka , 2009
1st prize in Landscape and 2nd prize in People category in IUPE, organized by, NSUPC, Dhaka , 2002
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Avijit Biswas

Street photographer, Cinematographer, Analyst

Born and raised in Chittagong, Avijit currently lives in Oman. His journey with photography started in 1999 during college days. He was very inspired by music and cinema when it came to thinking of frames. He learned photography with the close vision of his mentor Hasan Chandan, who is one of the maestro of Bangladesh photography. Also he attended many national and international workshops regarding photography and filmmaking.  Currently he is a cinematographer by profession and a photographer by passion. He identify the things that seem insignificant at the time but when you look back on them realize they are relatable – they become relatable to our mind & existence. He always try to share his coextensive experiences through his photos that portray in a simple and minimally composed.

Avijit currently involved himself as a community analyst for the development of Bangladesh photography through his initiative named ‘Photo Discussion', which is already being a remarkable online platform for knowledge sharing and It is country’s first live initiative. Also he writes photography articles in Social Media.

His works has been awarded and exhibited in various national and international galleries. Also many national and international daily news, magazines and organization’s featured his works.

Photography to him- I want to see the lights through the dark on the street. it makes me feel like way to salvation. Salvation for wisdom. I walk through the path, the landscapes and the crowd with a camera while my mind keeps reminds me the words of Alex Webb “photography must give you a question”.