A Pakistani photographer Shabir Mian has won one of the most prestigious photography competitions – World Photography Organization.
Shabir’s picture of a schoolboy from Lahore walking on the railway tracks was selected as the only best picture from Pakistan at the Sony World Photography Awards. As per the World Photography Organization:
“National Awards winners receive Sony digital imaging equipment to help them continue their photographic journeys. In addition, a number of the winners are brought to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony, and to see their work exhibited at the prestigious Somerset House.”
Shabir started photography nearly 5 years ago to “capture human spirit”. He explained the winning picture as a mutual temperament of children around the world, even though the picture is of a kid based in Lahore.
Explaining how he captured this award-winning picture, Shabir said:
“One day I was in this spot for some work, and it started raining. The boy was running over the railway tracks, coming back from the school towards his home. He didn’t know about any trains; whether they were coming or not. He was wandering with happiness and running on the tracks and enjoying the rain. I wanted to capture that moment, to capture the happiness and fearlessness in the child. That picture represents children in that age around the world.’
Shabir dreams of selling his pictures at the art gallery in London, where his image will be displayed alongside other National Award winners. The exhibition will also feature a selection British photojournalist Martin Parr’s work. The exhibition at London started on April 21st and will continue until May 7th.
This is the first international award Shabir has received in his photography career, with hopes that there will be more milestones to achieve.