The Mother of the Land, by Shahnaz Parvin

Just after Dhamrai, around 40km away from the capital Dhaka, I saw this old woman in the field from a distance. I got curios as she was not like others, she was quite old, but her every move indicated she is an expert farmer, who wants to do her own work. I walked to her using the uneven muddy slopes of the rice fields. There I had to wait for a while and then at last she gave permission to take her photograph for one condition, I cannot ask her any personal question. Here in rural Bangladesh, women not only maintain their household, they also do very hard work in the field, even at an old age.

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Canon Eos Kiss X4 | Exposure f/4 @ 1/4000sec | Focal length 65mm | ISO 400
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Award Winner: Photo of the Day | November 30
Award Score: 62.5 (Value 11.5, Clarity 11, Composition 15, Style 12, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Documentary Photography
Photograph Location: Dhamrai, Dhaka Division | 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.


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