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Pak talent recognized at world photography competition

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Work of Zohaib Tariq, an amateur photographer and a Mechanical Engineering student of HITEC University, Taxila, will be on display at Somerset House, a major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London, next month, as he has been shortlisted for the Under-19 World Photography Organization (WPO) competition.
Talking about his picture of the shepherd boys under the title ‘Colours of South Asia’ Zohaib Tariq told Pakistan Observer it was a leisure walk with friends in Thai, a countryside area in Tala Gang when he was returning from the college. These were the last days of the semester and they went to the college (Fauji Foundation) only to meet friends and take photos.
“My Nikon D3300 was hanging by my shoulder when all of a sudden I caught sight of four shepherd boys herding their sheep (later it turned out they were real brothers). They were looking so innocent and it offered a perfect sight for a picture that I asked them if I could take their photo. It was such a fascinating view—the shepherd boys with their sheep and their houses in the background—that I hardly waited for their nod,” recounted Zohaib. Later, he sent the photograph for the Sony world photography competition and it was selected from among 6,675 images from over 171 countries in Youth under-19 Cultural category.
Zohaib has been taking pictures off and on with full support from his family and most of his photos depict ‘sons of the soil’, native people living in their small huts leading a rustic life. He also has an inbuilt love for the countryside which is also reflected in his photos. Earlier, his photographs were shown globally on the World Photography Organisation (WPO) website and digitally at Somerset House, London as part of exhibition by Sony World Photography Awards 2015, which was named ‘Commended Winner’ of the cultural category.
Besides Zohaib, two other Pakistani photographers Shahzad Khan with photograph ‘Awwal Gul’ (Youth Pakistan category) and Kumail Rizvi with ‘Human Made Environment’ (Youth Environment category) are also shortlisted in the Under-19 global competition winning laurels for the country.
The Professional Photographer of the Year, who receives a $25,000 cash prize, will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 21, along with winners competing in each category. All shortlisted images will be shown at Somerset House in London from April 22 to May 8.

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