This is Geneva Camp, a slum in the center of Dhaka, with more than 25,000 people living in a cramped area less than 2KM in size. With majority of them being children, it is their city, their world. They referred as estranged Pakistanis, stateless people with no rights for last 2 to 3 generations after the war of 1971. Regardless of constant struggle as circumstances, these children play and share with each other whatever they have. They are conspiring against a healthy start in life every day. For each of their families, there is a single tiny room, and only 40 communal toilets facilities, which is 1 for 625 people. They have no reliable running water, only few head water pumps, each one serving around 60 families. I went there to know why the small health center for pregnant woman has been shut down. I was sitting on the floor of one of those tiny rooms they live, and taking with the residers, then suddenly saw this moment in the middle of their play, as if there were giving the glimpse of their life into one single frame.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 06
Award Score: 72 (Value 13, Clarity 13.5, Composition 18, Style 14, Skill 13.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Street Photography
Photograph Location: Geneva Camp, Mohammadpur, Dhaka | Bangladesh
Photographer: Shahnaz Parvin (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Registered
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.