Pakistani Photographer Wins 2017 Sony World Photography Award

Shabir Mian, a Pakistani photographer, was recently recognized by the World Photography Organization for his award-winning photo.

His photograph of a schoolboy from Lahore (below) was selected as the single best photo from Pakistan this year at the Sony World Photography awards.

According to the World Photography Organization,

National Awards winners receive Sony digital imaging equipment to help them continue their photographic journeys. In addition, a number of the winners are brought to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony, and to see their work exhibited at the prestigious Somerset House.

Shabir entered the photography world 5 years ago to “capture human spirit”. He thinks that even though the image is of a child from Lahore it showcases a temperament shared by children across the world.

How He Captured This Image

Recalling how he captured the moment, Shabir said,

One day I was in this spot for some work, and it started raining. The boy was running over the railway tracks, coming back from the school towards his home. He didn’t know about any trains; whether they were coming or not. He was wandering with happiness and running on the tracks and enjoying the rain. I wanted to capture that moment, to capture the happiness and fearlessness in the child. That picture represents children in that age around the world.

Will Be Showcased At London

This is the first international award Shabir has received for his work. He says that it is his dream to sell one of his images at the art gallery in London, where his image will be exhibited alongside other National Award winners. The exhibition will also feature a selection British photojournalist Martin Parr’s work.

The exhibition at London started on April 21st and will continue until May 7th.

via Eastern Eye

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  • Superb Shot, I have a son mashallah exactly of the same age and this shot is exactly what his age reflects. Picture which itself portrays life. Excellent.

  • Wonderful depiction of Pakistan.

    BTW i wonder how those “Gora Party” Even selected a Muslim child wearing a Muslim cap

    • I’ve seen people spending millions on DSLR and L-Lens and ending up with pathetic photography. Its the person behind the camera that counts, not the gadget itself.

    • You are saying if you have equipment then you are specialist? Very funny. Next time when your mobile breaks kindly buy a few screw drivers and screw yourself. Some of your screws seem lose.

      I am just kidding. Take it as a joke. Or I will edit my post.

    • Thats not entirely true. Good equipment is a plus. But it does not mean everyone will be able to to produce high quality photos from it. Composition, lighting, framing, manual settings and lots of other things matter.

  • I’m hating this false culture of photography in Pakistan.
    This picture is amazing and it should win but in a proper category. There is a difference between manipulation and photography. It is disrespectful for an actual photographer who do not use photoshop to create thier images.
    Secondly, I myself held many competitions and workshops in Pakistan and I remember this image was also a part of that competition and our judges disqualified it on the same grounds. The description given here is also not right it was not a random shot this was a proper setup they submitted many photgraphs with a same kid in different locations and photgraphers.

    I congratulate the photographer on making our country proud but please its a request not to spread false culture of photography.

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