Staff Correspondent

Through The Lens, the country’s biggest online photography platform, recently announced the call for entry for the seventh edition of ‘Out of the Box’, an annual open to all photography contest and exhibition.

TTL holds the hugely popular photography competition with an aim to contribute to the development of imaging culture by capturing imagery that depicts the ‘Out of the Box’ sense as the key focus, says the organisers of the contest.

According to organisers, any photographer around the world except TTL Management Team is eligible for the contest. Theme of the contest is open.

Photos can be submitted under two entry categories: single and portfolio.

Under ‘single’ category 1-5 photos on people’s lifestyle, portrait, street, documentary, landscape, animals, plants, geological or climate change, architecture, abstract, composite etc. can be submitted.

Under the ‘portfolio’ category two set of selected photographs intended to illustrate a photographer’s style and range of photography can be submitted.

Last day for submission of photos for the contest is October 10.

All digital entries must be submitted at: oob7single@ttl-online.com, for ‘single’ category, and at: oob7portfolio@ttl-online.com, for ‘portfolio’ category.

Winners of the contest would be announced on November 9, the date for prize giving ceremony and inauguration of exhibition.

Winning photographers will be contacted by email or phone.

There will be only non-refundable entry fees only, no other registration fees after selection. The fees have to be sent through Bkash just after submission of photo. The entry fee is Tk 510 for single category and Tk 910 for portfolio category. The fees can be sent to these personal Bkash accounts: 01672503850, 01711234827 and 01716606062.

Without Entry Fees no photos will be selected.

After sending money to Bkash account, the aspirant must send a text message to that Bkash number, containing name, category, Bkash agent number, TRX ID(after sending money the agent will get an id) and contestant’s mobile number.

After sending the sms the sender will be confirmed over receiving the money.

Entry fees can be paid directly also at the below address: Jontropati.net, Shop-27 & 28, 1st floor, Happy Arcade Shopping Mall (beside Dhaka City College), Road-3, House-3, Dhanmondi
Mobile: 01798-616141

Various prizes will be given in each category including a grand prize for the “Best Photo of the year”. A Sony DSLR camera will be given for OOB Best Photo of the year.

Besides winner of each category would be awarded with Tk 10,000 cash along with crest and certificate; runner-up for each category would get Tk 7,000 with crest and certificate; and second runner-up for each category would be awarded Tk 5,000 with crest and certificate while honourary mentions for each category would also get crest and certificate.

The three-day long TTL Out of the Box – 7 photo exhibition is scheduled to be held at Drik Gallery in the capital on November 9-11.

A panel of judges selected by the organisers will collectively select the winners. The judges will select the winners based on the following judging criteria: (1) creativity 50 pc; photographic quality 25 pc; and relevance to theme 25 pc.

The three-member panel of judges includes two internationally acclaimed photographers and one representative from TTL.

The judges are Ismail Ferdous, a documentary photographer from Bangladesh working for National Geographic Magazine and The New York Times; Rohit Vohra, a Leica Ambassador and one of the leading street photographers in India and co-founder of the famous APF magazine; and Saud Al Faisal, a freelance photographer and founder of Through The Lens Bangladesh.

For further information, interested contestants can contact: Jewel Paul – 01672503850; Sharif Ripon – 01713426518; Ekramul Hassan – 01671234827; Anamika Chowdhury -01741589223.