On November 25th will be opened the first edition of the “JP’s PRIZE FOR THE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY IN BANGLADESH” . An international photography contest in association with Alliance Française de Dhaka and The Cultural attache of the France Embassy in Bangladesh.

If you are 18-35 years old, professional or amateur, and you want to make your photography works known to the general public, don’t hesitate, subscribe and try to win 50.000 DBT and your first professional exhibition !!


Subscribtion Form will be available from the November 25th at Alliance Française de Dhaka or by downloading (soon) the file in our site

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JP Pernot

From his own initiative, Jean Philippe Pernot has suggested the association give strength to this prize, and thus, allow the artists to

L'exode - les révolutions du Jasmin - 2011express their talent and to take it to our knowledge.

Since 2000, He has dedicated himself to creation. He has shown mostly in France, Spain, in the USA and recently in Bangladesh. He found the inspiration from his latest exhibition and the encounters it has occasioned to develop cultural exchanges between our two countries.

He is involved in constant research on the infringement of creation process and representation of reality. Currently, he is working on the series of the Cinegraphies that are exhibited at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Art.

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Ahmed Shahabuddin – Promoter of the 2012 edition
shahabuddin 2012Main actor of the independence of the Bangladesh, elected in 1992 one of the 50 masters of the contemporary art during the Olympic of Arts in Barcelona, Shahabuddin is the junction in the encounter between Bangladesh and France.
He as shown across the world. Many of his pictures are a permanent collection of the Bangladesh National Museum, in Dhaka, Bulgaria National Museum in Sofia, Seoul Olympic Museum in Korea, and Lausanne Olympic Museum in Swiss. Many of his works belong to the permanent collection of the gallery of rue de Seine, rue Jacob,  rue Guénéguaud in Paris (6e arrondissement),e specially at the Galerie du Fleuve, la Galerie Samagra, la Galerie Daniel Besseiche. His most recent exhibitions took place in France, Spain, India and Bangladesh.

To follow him : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shahabuddin-Ahmed/43014782553

The launching of a prize to reward the best contemporary photography is an amazing moment as always. An amazing event aimed at introducing a dynamic of excellence for a public made up of amateurs and professionals using this means of expression. It is definitely an event since the goal is to emerge and to make personalities and talents known to the general public. It consists in discovering the contesters’ viewpoints on a chosen topic.

Finally, it is a difficult exercise due to the aim of such a prize which is to choose a winner among works which are all excellent as regards their quality.

The aspiration of “JP’s Art prize for contemporary photography in Bangladesh” was inspired by the Cinegraphies and Apparition exhibition made by Pernot in Dhaka at the invitation of the Bangali of Fine Arts in August, 2010.
Motivated by the artist Shahabuddin, who advised him to develop artistic creation in Bangladesh. This prize will be carried out for the first time in 2012.
Photograph, plastic artist, film-maker Jean Philippe Pernot, who keeps getting maturity in his artistic expression, wants to help designers to foster exchanges and encounters between Bangladesh and France.
Ars Cultura has decided to carry on this ambitious project with two gifted artists, Shahbuddin and Jean-Philippe Pernot.
For the commemoration of the forty years of Bangladesh independence Shahbuddin helped to achieve, it seems appropriate to us to foster the emergence of talents in this country, in order to stimulate artistic expression as well as the cultural exchange through our two countries

The Prize
Rewards the best photographic steps in the field of creation and documentary .
The theme of this first edition is the portrait. This theme will be broached from the artistic and documentary point of view. This is a first step to exchanges between our two cultures. We’ll try, in few years, to make the prize more sizeable by offering two-week stays in France for the two prize winners.

Bringing together actors from the artistic world seems appropriate so as to confer an attractive dimension and value on the launching of this prize. Therefore, the jury will be composed of two photographers, a painter, a sculptor, a writer, a film maker, a French official representative, a representative for each artistic partner, gallery and art center.