Taken at Nijhum Dwip, a small island under Hatiya upazila, Noakhali District, Bangladesh, these birds are known as Lesser Sand Plover. They are small waders in the plover family of birds, strongly migratory, wintering on sandy beaches in east Africa, south Asia and Australasia. During winter, thousands of migratory birds’ flock in to Nijhum Dwip. There fishermen use the airy and sunny land as an ideal place for drying their catches from the sea. Sometimes many of these migratory birds construct straw huts on the island as seasonal residences.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | December 16
Award Score: 70 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Wildlife Photography
Photograph Location: Baikka Beel, Nijhum Dwip, Hatiya, Noakhali | Bangladesh
Photographer: Saniar Rahman Rahul (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Registered
Saniar Rahman Rahul was the first winner for ‘Photo of the Month Award’ in June 2010. He was fascinated by seeing his father taking pictures with a camera while his family was in Iraq during his childhood. Later in life, in 1997, while he became very much attached with his profession of ‘graphic design’, Rahul rediscovered the creative side of photography. He started his career as a professional graphic designer in October of 1995, in a pre-press house called Color Scan, which is one of the pioneers in the pre-process printing media in Bangladesh. Afterwards, he moved to Power Point, another pre-press house. Before he finally settled into advertising, he also worked in an IT company called Abtab IT. Moving to advertising from printing media was a big step for him. In 2005, he joined G3, a special wing of Gray Worldwide. Two years later, he moved to Paper Rhyme. Now he is working as the Art Director of Grey World Wide, one of the ten largest advertising agencies in the world.