About a month ago I attended the British Council event: Positive Light and Connecting Classrooms… with my friend Rupert Grey and had the pleasure to listen to the charismatic Shahidul Alam of Drik Gallery, Dhaka.
This opened up my eyes for a country little represented in the National Media except for mainly critical news stories or aid concepts. The project aims to put Bangladesh back on the map and into a new positive light.
Although it seems there is still a way to go for these images to feature in main stream media, the event showed some great samples of local photography, gave a taste of delicious food and offered the opportunity for London school teachers to get involved. This may extend to FE/ 6th form in future so keep your eyes peeled.
I kindly received a spare copy of the project book, which I will giveaway as a prize for the best travel story and practical guide on staying and eating in Dhaka on a shoestring budget but with quality taste (photographs/ video a bonus max. word limit: 500). Send your stories to: email@example.com and I will publish the winning entry here on my blog. Deadline is 1/12/13. Winner announced15/12/13 book send by 31/12/13.
To find out more and/or to support the Positive Light project visit: http://photography.crowdsourced.travel
For more information on the teachers program visit: http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/programmes-and-funding/linking-programmes-worldwide/connecting-classrooms