Saiful Huq Omi


Soon after Saiful Huq Omi (Born 1980, Bangladesh) finishes his masters from the Tele Communication Engineering Department, he received his diploma from Pathshala and decided to become a photographer in 2005.

He is represented by Polaris Images and He is the contact photographer of New York Times.

His works have been published in Newsweek, Foto File USA, New York Times, New Internationalist, Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Economists ,Days Japan and Asian Photography and in the Arab News and in BBC.

He has lectured and presented his works and took photography workshops at The London School of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Beaconhouse National University in Pakistan, Danish School of Photojournalism and Columbia University and in many other universities.

He has been exhibited in galleries in Zimbabwe, Beirut, Kabul, Nairobi, England, Russia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Germany, Pakistan, Japan and USA and in the Netherlands.

He has won the All Roads National Geographic Award for his works on political violence in Bangladesh in 2006. He has won award of excellence in 2008 and Silver Medal in 2009 from the China International Press Photography Contest. He is one of the finalists for the Aftermath Project Grant-2009 and Alexia Grant for two consecutive years 2009 and 2010 for his project on the Rohingya refuges of Myanmar. He is selected for ‘Europe And Asia’ exhibition in Russia and LOOK3 in USA in 2009.  His on going work on the Rohingya refugees of Myanmar has been selected for the Moving Walls 17 Exhibition. He has won the emerging photographers grant from Open Society Institute (OSI) in 2010. He has been selected for the special jury prize of DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards in 2010 for his work on the Rohingya refugees. He has won the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund for his Rohingya project. His on going work on the ship breaking industry is selected in Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. And he has been selected in the 17th Joop Swart Masterclass in 2010.

He has published his first book named –“Heroes Never Die- Tales of Political Violence in Bangladesh, 1989-2005”.

As a producer, he has worked for Al Jazeera TV – producing the famous Hidden Genocide documentary on the ordeal of the Rohingya people. He also works as

producer/director for many other international TV channels, which includes BBC and Channel 4.

He has directed the 56 min long documentary- Roaring Kansat on the struggle of people of Kansat, where they demanded uninterrupted electricity, which eventually became one of the largest movement in Bangladesh’s history.

He is the founder of the Department of Photography in Counter Foto, which is offering a global standard photographic education for both local and international students.


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