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Retro Kolkata Magazine Announces GMB Akash as 'Iconic International Photographer' for AURA 2024

Retro Kolkata Magazine Announces GMB Akash as 'Iconic International Photographer' for AURA 2024

Retro Kolkata Magazine, a leading publication in the realms of art and photography, has officially declared GMB Akash as the 'Iconic International Photographer' for the much-anticipated AURA 2024 - International Photography & Art Exhibition. This prestigious event is scheduled to be held at Nazrul Tirtha, Newtown, Kolkata, from January 13th to January 21st, 2024.

Art Exhibition Dates: January 13 - January 15, 2024

Photography Exhibition Dates: January 18 - January 20, 2024

Grand Felicitation Ceremony: January 21, 2024

GMB Akash, a distinguished photographer from Bangladesh, has achieved global recognition with over 100 international awards to his name. His extraordinary work has graced the pages of more than 100 major international publications, including National Geographic, Vogue, and Time. His journey in the world of photography has been marked by several firsts, including being the first Bangladeshi selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in the Netherlands in 2002 and winning the World Press Photo award in 2006.

GMB Akash's illustrious career is further highlighted by his numerous awards and accolades. In 2004, he received the Young Reporters Award at the Scope Photo Festival in Paris, followed by the "Best of Show" at the Center for Fine Art Photography's international competition in Colorado, USA, in 2005. His contributions to travel photography were recognized in 2009 when he was titled the 'Travel Photographer of the Year' at the International Travel Photographer of the Year Competition (TPOY 2009) in the UK.

Apart from his achievements in photography, GMB Akash is also known for his humanitarian efforts. His book 'SURVIVORS', published in 2012, is a testament to his decade-long project, the proceeds of which aid in setting up small businesses for the subjects of his book. In 2013, he founded the FIRST LIGHT INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY in Bangladesh, focusing on providing basic education for street children and underprivileged talented students.

As a jury member in several international photo contests and a speaker at significant conferences, including the Global Investigative Journalism Conference and TEDxOporto, Akash's influence extends beyond photography. His solo exhibitions, spanning from 2006 to 2016 across multiple countries, showcase the depth and breadth of his work.

The AURA 2024 exhibition will feature GMB Akash's exceptional photography, offering attendees a glimpse into his profound and impactful work. The event promises to be a significant occasion in the international art and photography community, celebrating the excellence and vision of GMB Akash.

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We are thrilled to announce the upcoming 'AURA 2024 - The International Photography & Art Exhibition and Grand Felicitation Ceremony', following the resounding success of last year's event. This prestigious gathering will be held at Kolkata's renowned 'Nazrul Tirtha' Art Gallery (Action Area I, Newtown, Kolkata 700156) from January 13 to January 21, 2024. The event promises an international stage for artists and photographers handpicked globally to display their masterpieces alongside the mesmerizing works of esteemed artists from over 25 participating countries, all under the spotlight of national media.

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