Shahria Sharmin is a freelance photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After doing her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Dhaka, Shahria pursued her further study at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy in Bangladesh where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and the evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relationship to material culture. ‘Call me Heena’ Shahria’s ongoing project, takes her interest in photography’s connection with identity to explore and express the diversity of human experience. In 2014, she was named the second place winner of the Alexia Foundation student grant for her project, ‘Call me Heena’. The same work has been selected in Open Society Foundation, Moving Walls 23 group exhibition in 2015. Other awards and honors have included being recognized by International Photographer of the Year IPOTY and Magnum Photography Award 2017. ‘Call me Heena’ was Shortlisted of the first ever Women Photograph grant 2017 in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


2014 Alexia Foundation, 2nd Place Student Grant

2014 FotoVisura, Top Finalist

2014 Pride Photo, 2nd Place under the category, “Getting Closer

2014 LGBTE International Art, The Best Photographer Prize

2014 Mosco Foto Award MIFA, 2nd place in life style category,

2014 Accademia Apulia UK , 2nd place

2015 Renaissance Photography Prize , Finalist

2016 International Photographer of the Year IPOTY

2016 Honorable mention in the Exposure Award

2017 Magnum Photography Award 2017, Juror’s Pick

2017 Women Photograph grant in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis, Shortlisted

2018 IPA Documentary Award, Finalist

2019 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class

2019 LensCulture B&W Awards, Finalist

2019 World Press Photo 6X6 Global Talent from the Asia

2021 Benrido Award by Hariban Award

2024 22nd Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2024, Category winner



2011 “Self-discovery” at Chobi Mela VI

2011 BPS 10th national photography competition, Bangladesh

2012 iiupe, Photography Exhibition, Bangladesh

2014 FotoVisura, Brisbane

2014 Photissima Art Fair, Turin

2014 Internazionale d’Arte LGBTE II S.A.L.I.G.IA, Turin

2014 Pride Photo Award, Old Church, Oudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam

2014 Obscura Festival, Penang

2015 London College of Communication

2015 Getty image gallery, London

2015 Beijing Photo Festival

2015 Open Society Foundation, Moving walls, New York

2015 Angkor Photo Festival, Slideshow, Cambodia

2017 Chobi Mela, Bangladesh

2017 Auckland Festival of Photography

2018 Singapore International Photography Festival SIPF

2018 Photo Kathmandu

2019 IPF – Hyderabad

2021 Format International Photography Festival

2021 Bangladesh art week, Dubai

2022 F3 – freiraum für fotografie, Berlin, Germany


2016 Hivos, Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries, Netherland

2017 Hivos, Old Lutheran Church, Singel 411 / Corner Spui, Amsterdam

Selected Press

2014 Huffpost Review

2014 Feature Shoot  Review

2014 Mail Online Review

2014 Imagination

2014 Mutantspace

2015 lens Blog – The New York Times  Review

2015 Monovisions

2015 abc News

2015 International Photography Magazine

2017 Chobi Mela

2017 BBC Culture

2017 Éditions Jentayu

2017 Wino Review

2018 Hyperallergic Review

2018 DhakaTribune

2019 kwerfeldein

2019 dodho magazine

2019 Witness

2020 Wordt Vervolgd – Amnesty International

2020 Neocha magazine

2020 Foto Femme United

2020 6 Mois