Documentary photographer Srinivas Kuruganti tipped me off about the Alexia Foundation announcing their 2006 fellowship winners; Balzs Gardi for the professional grant and Melanie Blanding of Western Kentucky University for the student grant.
Speaking of winners, photographer G.M.B. Akash from Dhaka, Bangladesh chimed in modestly with some great news. He says, “You will be happy to know that I have won third prize from World Press Photo 2006 contest in daily life single category.” Bravo! This is well-deserved accolade for one of South Asia’s rising photojournalism stars. Keep an eye on this guy. He is off to doing some incredible things in the years to come.
Here is G.M.B. Akash’s winning image of a child laborer being threatened bodily harm. I can’t think of a better image that so lucidly illustrates the abuse these young garment workers face every day.