Soon after Saiful Huq Omi (Born 1980, Bangladesh) finishes his masters from the Tele Communication Engineering Department, he received his diploma from Pathshala and decided to become a photographer in 2005.

He is represented by Polaris Images and He is the contact photographer of New York Times.

His works have been published in Newsweek, Foto File USA, New York Times, New Internationalist, Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Economists ,Days Japan and Asian Photography and in the Arab News and in BBC.

He has lectured and presented his works and took photography workshops at The London School of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Beaconhouse National University in Pakistan, Danish School of Photojournalism and Columbia University and in many other universities.

He has been exhibited in galleries in Zimbabwe, Beirut, Kabul, Nairobi, England, Russia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Germany, Pakistan, Japan and USA and in the Netherlands.

He has won the All Roads National Geographic Award for his works on political violence in Bangladesh in 2006. He has won award of excellence in 2008 and Silver Medal in 2009 from the China International Press Photography Contest. He is one of the finalists for the Aftermath Project Grant-2009 and Alexia Grant for two consecutive years 2009 and 2010 for his project on the Rohingya refuges of Myanmar. He is selected for ‘Europe And Asia’ exhibition in Russia and LOOK3 in USA in 2009.  His on going work on the Rohingya refugees of Myanmar has been selected for the Moving Walls 17 Exhibition. He has won the emerging photographers grant from Open Society Institute (OSI) in 2010. He has been selected for the special jury prize of DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards in 2010 for his work on the Rohingya refugees. He has won the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund for his Rohingya project. His on going work on the ship breaking industry is selected in Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. And he has been selected in the 17th Joop Swart Masterclass in 2010.

He has published his first book named –“Heroes Never Die- Tales of Political Violence in Bangladesh, 1989-2005”.

As a producer, he has worked for Al Jazeera TV – producing the famous Hidden Genocide documentary on the ordeal of the Rohingya people. He also works as

producer/director for many other international TV channels, which includes BBC and Channel 4.

He has directed the 56 min long documentary- Roaring Kansat on the struggle of people of Kansat, where they demanded uninterrupted electricity, which eventually became one of the largest movement in Bangladesh’s history.

He is the founder of the Department of Photography in Counter Foto, which is offering a global standard photographic education for both local and international students.

Photography Type

  • Editorial
  • Portrait
  • Landscapes
  • Fashion/Beauty

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Datacolor Welcomes Firat Bagdu to its Friend’s With Vision Program

Bagdu’s distinct style is due to his unique composition of color, light and form. Much more important, however, is his attention to detail one can clearly spot in each of his photos. „An inspiration can be completely trivial, like for example the perfect combination of colors. Oftentimes I don’t find my inspiration in optical aspects, but rather in smells, sounds and the moods closely linked to these. The art of photography consists of capturing these moods and moments.“

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Vibrant colors, distinct lines, playful elements and an unmistakable sense for the moment passing by – these basic elements characterize Firat Bagdu’s unique photographic art.

Firat Bagdu was born in 1973, lives and works in Cologne and discovered his interest in photography at a young age, focusing on under water photography, architecture and people. His hobby quickly turned into passion, passion turned into profession and he soon owned professional equipment and a studio.
Not before long and Firat Bagdu became a well-known portrait and wedding photographer. This talented newcomer’s reputation quickly made it far beyond the city limits of Cologne and the first job offers from other parts of Germany started rushing in. Today, Firat Bagdu stands for high-quality and creative photographic art throughout Europe.

Bagdu’s distinct style is due to his unique composition of color, light and form. Much more important, however, is his attention to detail one can clearly spot in each of his photos. „An inspiration can be completely trivial, like for example the perfect combination of colors. Oftentimes I don’t find my inspiration in optical aspects, but rather in smells, sounds and the moods closely linked to these. The art of photography consists of capturing these moods and moments.“ Firat knows how to capture special moments with his camera. His compositions are sometimes clearly structured, sometimes serious, sometimes playful – most of all, they are always innovative and proof of his great creativity and technical knowledge.

His photographic art is not only well received by his customers, but also by the press. Amongst others, the prestigious photo magazine „PhotoPresse“ published Bagdu’s impressive portrait of a young African woman that won a German photographic competition.


  • “Best Wedding Photo Of The Year 2012” – First Place Germany (by PhotoPresse)
  • ”Worlds Best Wedding Photography Award” 2012, USA, Fearless Photographers
  • ”Excellent Photography 2012/2013″, Germany, BPP
  • ”Portrait & Emotion” 2011 Second Place, CEWE & PhotoPresse
  • FSO Winner 2011, First place in the Category “Life Photo”, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Coverphoto of the year, third place 2010, Germany (PhotoPresse)
  • Coverphoto edition 05 PhotoPresse


Janice Wendt is one of the Photographic industry’s most respected retouch and image enhancement artists. Well known as the Trainer to the Trainers, she has more than 30 years in nature, commercial, wedding and portrait photography experience. Janice brings traditional techniques she learned through years of working with sensitized products into digital imaging, creating the ever elusive WOW image factor.

Janice can be found working closely with several companies in an educational capacity, including Athentech Imaging, Picsera, Tamron and Wacom. She is well known for her extensive knowledge and creative techniques using Perfectly Clear, Nik Collection, Alien Skin, as well as other Photoshop and Lightroom Plug-ins.

She works closely with the educational community, including, Professional Photographers of America, Texas School, West Coast School, Georgia School, Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media Workshops and Palm Beach Photo Center.

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Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for the last 40 years. He started working with computer imaging about 23 years ago and currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in print advertising.

Lee’s work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. He is responsible for the moth on the “Silence of the Lambs” movie poster! His creative imaging has been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek and Fortune magazines as well as trade journals like PDN, New Media, Micro Publishing News, Rangefinder and Photo Electronic Imaging. Most of Lee’s work starts off as photography that is manipulated in the computer using a wide variety of imaging software. Images are often re-combined with digital painting and effects or with additional photo elements to create digital images that transcend the original source materials.

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Ken Sklute is an internationally-recognized photographer, well-known for his diverse portfolio of unqiue images. These include portraits, professional sports, architecture, weddings, and landscapes. Ken spends a significant amount of his time teaching and lecturing worldwide. Ken is proud to be one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation given to only 42 photographers worldwide.

He begain his career at an early age, capturing 200 mph race cars in New York. His work expanded into weddings, and he bought his first studio in 1983, working at high-end locations through the New York metro area. He relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1996, drawn by beautiful, dramatic Southwestern desert landscapes and of course the Phoenix wedding market.

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Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator and an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. Through his writing and teaching, he has been helping photographers master digital photography and digital darkroom techniques for over 15 years. His core philosophy is to help people see the image possibilities in any situation, to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary, and to seek out uniquely personal ways of interpreting a scene, both with the camera and in the digital darkroom. He is a co-author of Photoshop Masking & Compositing (2nd Edition, 2012), Real World Digital Photography (3rd Edition, 2010), The Creative Digital Darkroom (2008), Photoshop Artistry (2006), and his Lightroom Tips column can be seen in Photoshop User magazine. Visit

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Jens Haugen has steadily built up a most impressive photographic career. His artistic and commercial endeavors, his fashion and retouching work, his workshops and tutorials – they have all contributed to making Jens’ name well-renowned beyond the borders of his home country of Norway. They have also earned him numerous awards, exhibitions and opportunities, like shooting a worldwide campaign for VW or working for Hasselblad.

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Terrell Lloyd is a professional photographer located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A Canon Explorer of Light since 2006, Terrell Lloyd is noted for his experience shooting professional and college sports. He is currently a team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers, a post he has held for 12 years. Terrell has covered many other major sporting events, including PGA Golf, Professional Tennis, NFL Super Bowl, MLB Baseball, the NBA and more.

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An in depth knowledge of photography has led Gianluca to travel to many diverse destinations around the world, from the Arctic Polar Circle to Africa’s deserts, from the Far East to the Amazon. Gianluca’s photographs have appeared in various publications including National Geographic Magazine, New York times, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, CondèNaste, Bloomberg News.

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