Andrew Biraj is a photojournalist based in Washington, DC. He has fifteen years experiences of covering breaking news, in-depth photo stories, politics and sports. He covered Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia and UK.
Biraj has been published in Time Magazine, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall street Journal, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Observer Magazine, Geo, The Times, Paris Photo, Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, Stern, Vogue Italy, Asian Geo, Hindustan Times and in many other international publications.
Biraj was a participant in the 2008 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He has won more than 30 international awards, including World Press Photo Award (in 2011), National Geographic Photo Award (in 2013), Pictures of the Year (POYi) (in 2013), National Press Photographers Association of America’s (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism awards (in 2008 & 2010), Best Portfolio (in 2013) in The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest,China International Press Photo Contest (in 2007, 2011 & 2013), Award of Excellence in Feature Photography, from the Society of Publishers in Asia (in 2010) and the South Asian Journalists Association award for an outstanding photograph about South Asia (in 2010).
His works have also been featured in the exhibitions and screenings worldwide, including Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia, Yangon Photo Festival in Myanmar, the International Photography Biennial of the Islamic World in Iran, Noorderlicht Photo Festival in the Netherlands, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà in Venice, the National Art Gallery in Malaysia and Drik Gallery in Bangladesh.
Biraj exhibited his long term project BONDED STITCHES & STRUGGLE; TESTIMONY OF LIFE IN BANGLADESH’S GARMENT INDUSTRY, on the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, in which more than 1,100 factory workers were killed and 2,500 others were injured.The exhibition took place from April 22- May 1, 2014, simultaneously in three different venues including an open-air show near the collapsed building site in Savar, Bangladesh.
He holds an advanced diploma in photography from Pathshala, the South Asian Institute Media Academy and a BA in photography from the University of Bolton, UK.