Alexa Ijtema photo wins National Geographic prize

Dhaka, Wednesday   17 July 2019

Ijtema photo wins National Geographic prize

 International Desk  daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:04 AM, 17 June 2019   Updated: 11:05 AM, 17 June 2019

STREETS OF DHAKA, PHOTO: SANDIPANI CHATTOPADHYAY

STREETS OF DHAKA, PHOTO: SANDIPANI CHATTOPADHYAY

A photo of Bishwa Ijtema in Bangladesh has won the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest, in third place, in the ‘Cities’ Category. 

Sandipani Chattopadhyay, an Indian photographer, took the photo, dubbed "Streets of Dhaka,"  that shows people pray on the street in Dhaka, Bangladesh during Ijtema. 

In the caption of the photo, Sandipani wrote: "People pray on the street in Dhaka, Bangladesh during Ijtema. Bishwa Ijtema is one of the major Islamic religious gatherings which is [observed] annually in Dhaka and millions of Muslims visit [during this time]. Dedicated prayer grounds are not [large] enough to handle this huge number of people, so large numbers of people come to [Tongi], the main street of Dhaka. All the ground transportation and [pedestrian crossings] are suspended during that time." 

Judged by both National Geographic staff as well as an expert photographer panel, the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest received thousands of entries in three categories - "Nature," "Cities," and "People." 

The grand prize went to Weimin Chu for his photo "Winter in Greenland." It shows a snowy, scenic view of the fishing village of Upernavik in western Greenland. He won $7,500 as well as an Instagram post on the National Geographic Travel account, which has 31 million followers. Chu won first prize in "cities" and also the overall grand prize. 

In the "people" category, Huaifeng Li won for a photo of actors getting ready before an opera performance in Licheng County, China. In "nature," Tamara Blazquez Haik won for a photo of a mid-flight griffon vulture in Monfragüe National Park in Spain. "How can anyone say vultures bring bad omens when looking at such tenderness in this griffon vulture's eyes?" the caption reads.

National Geographic awarded first, second and third place winners in each category and also gave out honorable mentions.  

Individual category prizes include:
First place winners will receive $2,500.

Second place winners will receive $1,500.

Third place winners will receive $750.

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