A photography exhibition on disaster risk reduction (DRR), the first of its kind in Bangladesh, has been held at the art gallery of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in the capital to raise awareness on disaster preparedness.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and SEEDS Asia, a Japan-based organisation, organised the three-day exhibition that ended on Sunday.
The exhibition was followed by a competition titled “Tell Us Your Story” launched in November last that was open to professionals and amateurs.
A total of 50 distinguished selected photographs on different topics related to disaster were exhibited along with 28 photographs from a leading Japanese daily newspaper, Kobe Shimbun.
A panel of judges, headed by Prof Golam Rahman, selected the photographs for the exhibition out of around 250 entries from the competition. Out of the exhibited photographs, 10 were awarded as the best selected photographs.
DNCC Panel Mayor M Osman Gani distributed the crests and certificates among the winners at an awards ceremony on the final day of the exhibition on Sunday.
The best photographs of the competition will also be exhibited in Japan later this year. The Bangladeshi photographs were exhibited under six different themes – urban life, environment, urban flooding, pollution, fire and resilience.
The Japanese photographs featured devastation and post-disaster resilience of Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake that hit Kobe city of Japan in 1995.