Karachi’s Photographer Wins International Photo Contest

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/11/tjkmb-thumb.jpgOne of karachi’s own talented photographer Syed Tahir Jamal, secured the third position in a world wide photographic competition Titled “Picturing MICRO Finance” organized by CGAP.

This competition had received 880 entries form around the world. The selection of winners was carried out by a panel of judges comprising of Elizabeth Littlefield, Director and CEO of CGAP, Sadie Quarrier, Picture Editor for National Geographic Magazine, and Jonathan Ernst, freelance photographer for Reuters and the Washington Post.

A total of twenty images were selected by the judges as winners, the first position was secured by Tapas Banerjee From India while Michael Foley from USA secured the second position.

21 Comments so far

  1. Zee (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 1:28 am

    WOW! Congrats!

  2. Shafaq (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 5:07 am

    oh wow! What an accomplishment for him! What an accomplishment for us!

  3. Raja Islam (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    That’s great !
    Congratulations Tahir.

  4. lubna tahir (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    its v big achivevement for us God bless us.

  5. lubna tahir (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 9:26 am

    its v big achivevement
    for us God bless us.

  6. lubna tahir (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 9:26 am

    its v big achivevement
    for us God bless us.

  7. Neena (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 9:38 am

    Congrats to Syed Tahir Jamal and thanks for making us proud.

  8. Imran (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    Tahir Jamal you do us proud. Talk about putting your talent to great use!

    Went through all 21 entries. Loved your picture, showing the car workshop. A well deserved win as your picture really shows how micro-finance can be put to work in an organized way.

    The first winner, showing rural women sewing together is understandably also very powerful and relevant to the rural scene in many South East Asian countries, where poverty is at its highest. I think it was rightly selected as No.1 as it addresses poverty alleviation (for women), which is the need of the hour in all developing countries. It is important for women to be independent for economic (and social reasons … “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”!

    But the one picture that struck my heart right away (it slapped my emotions in a most powerful way) is the 11th winning entry by Fernando Decillis, USA. The picture shows a hand … visibly a hand of a very poor person, you are left wondering who could the person be, the hand is very rough & chapped with cuts on it probably from the hard labour done by this hand … and the hand is holding 5 pennies :( I tried enlarging the picture to see which country this currency/ coins are from but i couldn’t figure it out. Could it be from South America? Mexico maybe?

    Anyways, an astounding effort from CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest, showcasing (the fight against poverty) in so many nations ranging from India, Bangladsh, Pakistan, Cairo to Kyrghystan, Ghana and possibly South American Countries like Mexico.

    The struggle and unbelievable strength of the human spirit, beautifully captured by photography! :)

    I dont think photography is ‘haram’.

  9. (w)hole LOTA love (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 10:57 am

    nice work S.T Jamal

  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    WAY TO GO TJ Keep it up, 3 cheers for TJ

  11. Imran (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    While we’re of the subject of Arts in these difficult times (couldn’t help sharing this as no one put it on KMB, i hope someone does) …

    Therik-e-Niswan is performing a beautiful play about the first few months of Pakistan’s existence “Jinnay Lahore Nahin Vekhya” at Arts Council Karachi, 14-17 Nov 2007, 8pm sharp, Rs 220/-.

    When & where

    About the play


  12. ALIVEPAKISTAN.COM (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    Congratulations Tahir,

    Imran, I added this event information on AlivePakistan.com

  13. Imran (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    thanks, and i added ur wonderful site to my zorpia group.

    Although, the links (on your site) to the play by Tehrik-e-Niswan are not working. Better check that.

  14. Umair H MIrza (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    Congrats . thankx for making us proud ….


    i was 2nd too. ! but diff topic! and i got this and felt so honored and pleased . thnk u khi metblog ..


  15. Imran (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    Yes umair,

    CONGRATULATIONS. i remember coming across your achievement in mansoor’s article here at KMB.
    Really liked your picture. You didnt win the DVD player but you certainly have won something more precious … our admiration :) Thanks for making us PROUD.

  16. Umair H MIrza (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

    NO imran. i did not won a dvd player , but the other two indians were awarded the prize+ the dvd player . and i got a satellite radio, which i am still not able to use due to its complication and i also doubt if its service is available in pakistan. the competition was for south asia , but keeping india only in their head !! wat i mean is that satellite radio is all made in india and for indians!! but then i got a bbc certificate .. ENOUGH !! hehe and hey .. saw the clippings of jinnay lahore nahi vekhiya on dawn news , as it is available now… do any of the guys know that CNN aired live transmission of dawn news on their channel !! cool

  17. Imran (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm


    yup, you’ve certainly won our admiration here in Pakistan :)

    I’ll probably go see this play tomorrow, as tomorrow is the last day of the show.

    Yes i knew about CNN airing Dawn. They had also created a page for people to upload videos of protests against the emergency. If CNN knew the ground realities in Pakistan they might have refrained from joining the propoganda againt Musharraf, but hey, its everybody’s own decision.

  18. Umair H MIrza (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

    I-Report i.e !! i think they did knew the ground realities and did not refrained from joining the hands of the one showing the FACTS !!

    BUT HEY HEY HEY ! its everybody’s own decision!

  19. Hassan Abbas (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    Congratulations dude!

  20. wasiq (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    No comments !

  21. Imran (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    Just returned after watching Jinnay Lahore Nahin Vekhya a play written by Asghar Wajahat & directed by Anwer Jafri & Sheema Kirmani.

    I could go on & on about the stage direction, lighting & music(!) but it was really the (story) of this post-partition drama the stole the show. The actors got a standing ovation at the end of this superb drama that lasted just 90 minutes.

    The central themes of the drama were Paki-India partition, culture, religion, prejudice, fanaticism & reconciliation … somewhat in that order.

    The magic moment of the drama was the confrontation scene between the fanatic ghundas who come to the maulana of the masjid to complain that a (hindu) woman stayed behind in one of the havelis & is now mingling with the (muslims), celebrating diwali with them & doing her pooja. The fanatics are horrified and enraged when the maulana replies, ‘so what is your problem? If she is doing pooja, she is doing ibadat. Don’t you do ibadat? Or is your ibadat superior than hers”. … i remember the audience giving a huge applause to this remark & i felt maybe Pakistan is coming of age & there is hope after all.


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