Light & Composition University is a non-profit, online university for distance learning and research in the field of art and photography, language and linguistics, and comparative religion.

It is the first university of its kind, which is open for educators and students to learn, research, contribute, and publish through collaborative learning.

Light & Composition at a Glance

Started in 2008, through academic publications, the university currently getting enrollments of over thousands of students each semester around the world, including undergraduates, graduates, and working professionals, who want to earn a bachelor, master, or doctorate degree but for whom a traditional university education simply won’t do.

From the most prestigious photography award, where we rank world’s top 100 photographers to university education, today, it has a widely read online university press publications with over 3 million of subscriptions. It is in fact one of the very first university, where individuals can truly learn in independent of time or place, and on individualized pacing to earn their degrees and credentials that are credible for both academic institutions and employers. Out of all the universities in the world, Google has ranked Light & Composition as #1 university for B.F.A. in Photojournalism and #5 for B.S. in Photography.

It is Here, That We Are Changing the History of Photography to What It Should Be

Light & Composition began because we had a vision to create a platform that showcased a genuine work of art in its purest form; to highlight the true essence of photography and its artistic side. By the time we put out our very first publication, the photographic world was already on the verge of change, where one started to feel very different from the experience of earlier generations. Photography transitioned from an object of learning about the world we live in to becoming an object of desire for dealers, collectors, and Hedge Fund managers. This provides a new scale of values for assessing the worth of a photograph and a reason to fight for its ownership.

On the other side of this visual art medium there is a different world. Where the boom of numerous image hosting providers are taking place, along with the various social media networks, which give people on mass the opportunity to share on enormous scales, and make people feel like photographers. There has never been a medium so widely appreciated and so eagerly exploited like the medium of photography. Ethics have taken a back seat since and that’s when we realized how important is to establish a firm ground for the purist form of photography for university level, and introduced ourselves to portray the world through the lens, using purist perspectives through our publications and awards. Back then, we never thought that Light & Composition would become what it is today. It is here that we are changing the history of photography to what it should be for this and generations to come.

University Management

The university is governed through central bodies, university management, the council, the general board of the faculties, and the university press team members.

From 2008 - Present

Nasrul Eam

Dean
Department of Art and Photography

Nasrul has been setting new standards as an author, photographer, editor, educator, and art director for more than a decade. Currently Dean of the Department of Art and Photography, and Language and Linguistics at Light & Composition University, Nasrul started his professional career in 2000. A couple of years later, Nasrul made his debut into advertising and joined Grey World Wide, where he worked with well-known organizations such as Nokia, Coca-Cola, Bata, and Telecom Malaysia. In 2006, he joined Paper Rhyme, as Head of Interactive, and at the same time helped in establishing the advertising and event management firms like Spell Bound and Final Avenue. From 2000 to 2007, he also made 4 documentaries, 35 animated commercials, and more than one hundred high-end corporate websites. However, everything changed while he went on the Annapurna Circuit trek, in Nepal, Nasrul left advertising and became a full time writer and photographer.

He wrote books such as The Quintessence of Photography: Understanding Composition, for developing artistic vision, and The Essence of Close-up Photography, for developing the basics of photographic vocabulary and exploring close-up photography with an artistic touch. His other books are Illuminating Nature: Moments in Reflection, with vivid examples of nature and wildlife photography, and The Happy Children of the Third World, which touches on the meaning of life, to its core. Nasrul has published over 100 articles on various aspects of art, photography, language, linguistics, religion, and science.

A Network Management graduate, Nasrul spent his first two and half years in the Department of Computer Science. Once he became Cisco Certified Network Associate, followed by Cisco Certified Network Professional and Cisco Certified Security Professional, he chose to complete his graduation in networking rather than computer science.

After leaving advertising in 2007, Nasrul was craving to learn more about the science of language, and thus, completed his MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Spending most of his time studying, photographing, researching, and traveling through different cultures, which drew Nasrul closer to people, life, and nature. He also researches and studies different religious’ scriptures in their original language using today’s established science, in order to understand the meaning of life. Nasrul’s research on science and religion helped him accept Islam.

From 2008 - Present
From 2010 - Present

Hanie Mudjahid

Managing Editor

Hanie Mudjahid joined Light and Composition in June, 2010 and is now working as the Managing Editor. She is responsible for organizing all the editorial projects. Besides that she takes care of the magazine’s various marketing related affairs for the Asia Pacific region. She is also one of the key members of social media team.

A Jakarta native, Hanie attended the Darma Persada University and holds a BA in Japanese Literature. Besides managing the huge responsibilities of the magazine, she loves to take care of her family, spending time on praying, and reading the Quran. Nasrul Eam and Hanie Mudjahid got married in December, 2010, and have been working hard to take this magazine to next level.

From 2010 - Present
From the United Kingdom

Jim Perceval

Program Advisor

Jim Perceval is the Program Advisor at Light and Composition University. He now resides on the beautiful tropical island of Ko Samui, Thailand, which is where we commenced the idea of Light & Composition. Though he holds the position of program advisor, everyday he helps contribute in many ways: from developing the course to social media marketing, from photography award to editing, his contribution is everywhere.

Jim hails from UK and also lived in western Canada for many years. He has been a keen photographer for many years and has a huge collection of images of plants, flowers, birds, and general landscapes from several counties.

From the United KingdomLives in Ko Samui, Thailand
From Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muhammed Nafeezul Bari

Program Advisor

Muhammed Nafeezul Bari is the Program Advisor of Light and Composition University. He helps ensure that the students are following the requirements and structure of the degree program. Besides working with us, Nafeez loves spending time taking photographs and directing cultural events.

Nafeezul started taking photographs with his father’s ordinary Minolta when he was a kindergarten student. After buying the Canon V300 in 2004, his passion for taking pictures grew, and he started exploring in different sectors of photography. Now, he tries to capture whatever interests him with the 35mm film during his off days from office.

From Dhaka, Bangladesh
From Raleigh, North Carolina, the United States

Afnan Naser Chowdhury

Development Director

Afnan Naser Chowdhury joined Light and Composition as Development Director in October, 2010, reporting to Nasrul Eam. He works closely with the deans on fundraising initiatives and establishes a core group of volunteers, and oversees the management of those volunteers. He also ensures the Foundation serves the University in a full range of development functions including prospect research.

Prior to joining Light and Composition he passionately perused teaching in Virginia, and now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. While doing his Bachelor’s degree he met Nasrul Eam and got inspired into photography. He has a keen interest in nature and in painting from his childhood. Afnan loves getting geeky, especially about iPhone and iPad, and looks forward to meeting as many Light and Composition readers as possible from North Carolina.

From Raleigh, North Carolina, the United States
From Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Imran Hoque

Chief Financial Officer

Imran Hoque joined Light and Composition as Chief Financial Officer in November 2010, reporting to Nasrul Eam. He oversees Light & Composition’s financial administration and an array of activities encompassing financial planning, financial reporting, capital structures, cash management, funding principles, and strategies for physical assets. Graduated from McGill in Accounting, and holds a Master’s degree, Imran’s keen interest in art, photography and social media opens a new window for him to work with Light and Composition. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, and met Nasrul Eam during their school days. They did many successful projects together. He enjoys accompanying friends and spending time on social networking.

From Montreal, Quebec, Canada

University Press Team Members

Light & Composition University Press is a department of Light & Composition University. A nonprofit wing that helps the university objective of excellence in education and research by publishing worldwide. The team members work hard to deliver academic and scholarly materials worldwide in accessible formats.

From Wisconsin, the United States

Felice Birmingham

Executive Editor

Felice Breitkreutz joined Light and Composition in May, 2010 and is the Contributing Editor, responsible for overseeing editorial projects. She is also taking care of the final editing of every text the magazine represents. A Wisconsin, USA native, Felice holds a BA in Fine Arts.

Felice spends most of her time traveling, drawing, and doing photography. She loves to be in nature, and is always looking for the sense of oneness, a connection to the whole, a feeling that all humans can feel and yearn for.

From Wisconsin, the United StatesCurrently traveling in Asia
From Paris, France

Aude-Emilie Dorion

Features Editor & Photographer

Aude Emilie Dorion is Associate Features Editor at Light and Composition. Aude graduated in history of art and theater at la Sorbonne University in Paris and studied photography at INA sup (National Institute of Multimedia). Sensitive to the effect of globalization on modern cultures and the inequity of the world’s economic development, tensions and transformations are at the heart of her creative work. In the permanent flux of contemporary societies, her work oscillates between “l’ici et l’ailleurs”, yesterday and today, local and international, private and public.

Merging art and social justice, Aude gives a particular attention to the urban environment and the left apart communities. She works in the fields of fine art, journalism, editorial, and commercial photography.

From Paris, FranceLives in Nouméa, New Caledonia
From Brisbane, Australia

Nilla Palmer

Features Editor and Photographer

Nilla Palmer joined Light & Composition in May, 2012 as Features Editor and Photographer. Nilla is a Technical Writer but her passion is photography and travelling. Spending 10 months in 2011, travelling through Morocco, New York, and South America, she returned to Australia with over 11,000 images. In addition to Digital, Nilla still uses film and loves to spend hours in her darkroom processing and printing B&W, which she learnt at an early age. Later, more study in Communications Design increased her desire to experiment further with composition and light.

Nilla’s intent is to reveal a story through her images for an audience, which she hopes inspires and encourages people to visit far-off lands. For more of Nilla’s work, please visit www.nillasphotography.com

From Brisbane, AustraliaCurrently traveling in Asia
From the Netherlands

Martin Meyer

Features Editor & Photographer

Martin Meyer joined Light & Composition in July 2011 and is Features Editor & Photographer, reporting to Nasrul Eam. As Features Editor, Martin is responsible for writing and organizing feature articles, covering the latest photographic technologies and trends. Martin is a travel and wildlife photographer. He is a qualified DEAT/FGASA field guide and internationally accredited emergency responder, with extensive experience in leading 4WD safaris throughout South Africa as well as in the game parks of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Beside working as Features Editor with Light & Composition, Martin with his wife, Nicole Meyer, have been developing their unique brand of photographic, private safaris, stock photography products, and brands since July 2008.

Continuing his education, Martin has recently completed his Advanced Wilderness Medic qualification through the internationally accredited Wild Medix Emergency First Response training program. He is currently studying to get his Advanced Mountain Walking Leader certification.

From the NetherlandsLives in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

Best Contributing Volunteers & Students

From Dhaka, Bangladesh

Shahnaz Parvin

Contributing Photographer

Shahnaz Parvin was an Award-Winning Photo Journalist. She was a passionate Bangalee, and used to reside in Bangladesh, until she passed away at the age of 32 on August 14, 2016. She was one of the best photographers of her time, who has been within top 10 of world’s top 100 photographers for last few years. Her real passion was in photography and learning it. Shahnaz mostly loved documentary photography, and loved to represent her country Bangladesh through her lens. With the highest number of Photo of the Month and Photo of the Day Awards, Shahnaz joined Light and Composition as Contributing Photographer from March 2013. Covering upheaval, conflict, places, people, and culture, she was one of the top most contributors from South Asia until 2015.

From Dhaka, Bangladesh
From Dhaka, Bangladesh

Saniar Rahman Rahul

Contributing Photographer

Saniar Rahman Rahul was our first winner for ‘Photo of the Month Award’ in June 2010. With his amazing sense of wildlife photography he joined Light and Composition as a Contributing Photographer from September 2011. Rahul grew up in a family, where photography was part of everyday life. His father was very much passionate about photography. Earlier in 2005, Rahul joined G3, a special wing of Grey Worldwide. Two years later, he moved to Paper Rhyme. Besides working with Light and Composition and doing wildlife photography, Saniar works as the Art Director of Grey World Wide, one of the ten largest advertising agencies in the world. Blog

From Dhaka, Bangladesh
From Kolkata, India

Sujoy Das

Contributing Photographer

Sujoy Das is the contributing photographer at Light and Composition. He joined the team from September, 2011, reporting under Nasrul Eam. A Kolkata, India native, Sujoy has been photographing, climbing and trekking in the Himalaya for the last thirty years and calls it his second home. His photographs have been published in leading newspapers, magazines and books worldwide like The Washington Post, APA Publications, Lonely Planet and Outlook Traveler etc.

Sujoy is the co- author and photographer of the book SIKKIM – A Travelers Guide with Arundhati Ray which was a finalist in the Banff Book Competition in the Adventure Travel category. He has held solo exhibitions of his work in New Delhi and Kolkata. For more of his work please do visit www.sujoydas.com

From Kolkata, India
From Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sadia Naheen

Contributing Feature Writer

Sadia Naheen is the Feature Writer of Light and Composition. Being an army kid, her childhood was spread in various cantonments till they settled at the mega city Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thus her traveling bug was seeded at very early age, which just grew after joining at the Architecture Faculty at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Being in that creative environment of BUET, it was all nourishment for her true passion- photography and blogging. Now as a freelance architect, it combines both her passions in the features of Reflections.

From Dhaka, Bangladesh
From Dhaka Bangladesh

Mohiuddin Ahmed Ranju

Contributing Feature Writer

Mohiuddin Ahmed Ranju is the Feature Writer of Light and Composition. He joined the organization in March 2012. In profession an Electrical Engineer, Mohiuddin grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. An avid movie buff, his passion lies in travelling, and discovering people. Besides working in power industry, he is involved in voluntary works with various organizations. His interest in movies and all things associates with movies finds its inspiration in photography, and writing.

If not not working, Ranju could be located in bookstores, browsing through movies and books. He is a big fan of social media and loves connecting with people, creative brainstorming, problem solving, and making things happen.

From Dhaka Bangladesh
From Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Ridita Mizan

Contributing Feature Writer

Ridita Mizan is the Feature Writer of Light and Composition. She is a small town girl from Rajshahi, Bangladesh, where nature shines with its varied magnificence. A graduate of English Literature, Ridita loves to probe deep into art and human life. Ridita is a versatile person involved with different cultural activities since childhood and also worked as a news presenter in the community radio.

Keenly interested in photography she finds inspiration from all forms of creation. The photographs in Light and Composition has become a source to pursue her own artistic endeavors.

From Rajshahi, Bangladesh
From Jakarta, Indonesia

Simran Nanwani

Contributing Feature Writer

Simran Nanwani joined Light and Composition in January 2013. After graduating from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Singapore, she worked as a Business Analyst in the AXA Insurance Company. After gaining a year’s experience, Simran decided to terminate her contract and take up a Graphic Design course. Currently, she owns a small online business called Seni Home, selling handicraft products made in Indonesia. Over the years, photography became her passion and she has been a diligent mobile photographer for two years. In her leisure time, she enjoyed casual writing on her personal Blog.

Light & Composition provided a breakthrough and platform to expose her writing skills. Writing gives Simran great satisfaction in expressing thoughts. “It truly has been a privilege to contribute to this amazing team.” She will try her best to keep writing and learning in the process.

From Jakarta, Indonesia
From Bagdad, Iraq

Zahraa H. Al Hasan

Contributing Feature Writer

Zahraa H. Al Hasani joined Light and Composition in August, 2012 as Features Writer. Graduated from the University of Technology Bagdad, her first job was at Wacther Company Ltd. as a graphic designer for constructions. One year later, she joined in Iraqi-American Chamber for Commerce and Industry. Currently she is senior graphic designer and photographer in Marketing Communication field at a Telecommunication company. She helps over submitting her consultancy to better enhance company image to be shown in elegant pattern. Blessed with one child, Zahraa and her family lives in Bagdad. In addition to her passion of photography and designing, she has a knack for writing since she had been in high school. She wrote her first piece in the most famous local magazine of that time that deals with well- known Iraqi writers.

In Light & Composition she has been enjoying soaking up the authenticity and knowledge on board and will continue to be, as long as Allah wills.

From Bagdad, Iraq
From Kelara, India

Sarin Soman

Contributing Photographer

Sarin Soman is our third winner for ‘Photo of the Month Award’ in August 2010. With his amazing sense of artistic photography he joined Light and Composition as a Contributing Photographer from September, 2011. A Kelara, India native, Sarin Soman is a software developer by profession.

Sarin is now working and living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He believes his photography is an art that acts as an expression of his soul, which is something very close to his heart. It’s not about taking pictures; it’s about capturing moments of time, while simultaneously infusing each image with the emotion of that precise moment.

From Kelara, IndiaCurrently living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
From Dhaka, Bangladeesh

Mohammad Yead

Social Media Coordinator & Business Development Officer

Mohammad Yead is our Business Development Officer and most active in coordinating Social Media Events. He is really a hard working person which takes Light & Composition to a new level. His work area covers social media monitoring and search engine optimization. Yead is a graduate in B.S. Engineering in Electronics from Manarat University.

He lives in Dhaka spends his free time pursuing one of his many interests, which include music, photography, traveling and reading novels.

From Dhaka, Bangladeesh
From Berlin, Germany

Anja Rockel

Social Media Coordinator

Anja Rockel joined Light and Composition on November, 2010 as Social Media Coordinator from Germany. She is responsible for keeping in touch with the growing social network community of photographers in western-central Europe. She loves to spend time learning and doing photography. Both her parents are into photography that gave her an unbreakable bonding with this art. Anja is a graduate student and currently lives in Berlin.

From Berlin, Germany
From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Vijaya Sri Sanjevi

Social Media Manager

Vijaya Sri Sanjevi works on Social Media Team as Manager, reporting to Nasrul Eam. Before joining Light and Composition, Sri was a freelance photographer and writer and vastly active in social networking. For managing their family business on tourism, Sri often needs to travel to Singapore and Philippines on weekly basis. An Malaysian native, Sri graduated in International Business. She started photography as her hobby and believes the best way to learn is to just do it.

From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia