On June 21, we had a conversation with Md. Mudassir Hussain, winner of the Human Impacts on the Environment Category of the 2022 Earth.Org Photography Competition. As a freelance photographer and former tour guide, he has been travelling across Bangladesh for nearly 15 years, documenting how climate change is affecting one of the world’s most vulnerable countries and the impact that the climate crisis has on its people.
Md. Mudassir Hussain is a freelance photographer based in Bangladesh, winner of the Human Impacts on the Environment Category of our 2022 Photography Competition.
In our online conversation on June 21, Mudassir shared his thoughts on several topics, including:
- The story behind his winning photo. He captured this scene at a brick kiln in the Dinajpur District in northwest Bangladesh with intention of revealing the impact of brick kilns on nature, as well as the reaction of nature to humans.
- What he learned during his travels across Bangladesh and how he decided to become a photographer and document ‘untold stories’ to raise environmental awareness.
- Climate change in Bangladesh and how issues such as air pollution, plastic waste, and extreme weather events are destroying the world’s most vulnerable nation.
- The need for the international community to support Bangladesh in the fight against climate change and the importance of holding developed countries accountable.
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As a tour guide, Mudassir had the chance to travel across his home country – Bangladesh – for nearly 15 years. During his travels, he has experienced firsthand the impacts of climate change, noticing the vicious cycle of how human activities are causing global warming and compromising the environment but also how the climate crisis is harming humans.
What started as a hobby quickly turned into a job as Mudassir decided to pick up his camera and document ‘untold stories’ of Bangladeshi people that are directly impacted by climate change. His goal, he said, is to raise awareness about the environmental issues of our time and change people’s perspectives on the detrimental impact of human activities on the environment.
“If you can connect with the subject and find untold stories to tell, then your photos have the potential to change the perspective of people on environmental issues.” – he said.
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You can check out the full-length video of Earth.Org’s Conversation with Md. Mudassir Hossein here:
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