Probal Rashid is a documentary photographer and photojournalist working in Bangladesh, represented by Zuma Press, USA. He has studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism through a scholarship program of World Press Photo at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines. He also holds an MBA. His works have been published in many national and international newspapers and magazines such as The Forbes, GEO, New York Post, Days Japan, Paris Match, The Wall Street Journal, Stern, RVA, The Telegraph, Focus magazine and The Guardian. Moreover, his photographs have been exhibited in Bangladesh, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, UK and USA. Probal is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including the Pictures Of the Year International (POYi), Days Japan Photojournalism Award, China International Press Photo Award (CHIPP), NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Awards, Yonhap International Press Photo Awards, KL International Photo award, FCCT/OnAsia Photojournalism, "Zoom-in on Poverty" Global Photo Award, CGAP microfinance photo award, WPGA Annual Pollux Awards in U.K, International Year of Biodiversity Award, The 68th, 71st and 72nd International Photographic Salon of Japan (Ashahi Shimbun) Award. www.probalrashid.com
Entry description: The manufacture of black iron oxide is one of the most hazardous occupations in Bangladesh. Factory labourers work in extreme conditions with no safety standards. Men work without gloves, safety goggles, proper clothing or shoes. They are not even provided with face masks. Almost all of the workers in this factory are aged between 15 and 18 and come from the impoverished villages in the northern part of the country. Working 12 to 14 hours a day, six days a week they earn only Tk.500 to Tk.2000 (about 7 to 28 USD) a monthIn Bangladesh there are hundreds of informal factories and workshops like this.