Jannatul Mawa turned to professional photography after years of working as social and gender activist. A documentary photographer who believes in the medium’s potential to combat exploitation and discrimination, her work on gender and women’s rights has been showcased around the world. In 2009, she received the 6th Daily Star award in the Celebrating Womanhood Contest, and a UNICEF award under ‘Feature 2000 on Women & Children’s rights’. She believes in the medium’s potential to combat discrimination. Mawa holds an MA in Bengali Literature. Later she completed Graduation from Pathshala -South Asian Media Institute of Photography, and joined Pathshala as a Teacher. Mawa began her photographic career with UNICEF.
Mawa covered stories from diverse fields. Her works have been showcased globally in various forums and places, including: Emory University in USA, Drik Gallery, Dhaka Art Summit, Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase, Obscure Photo Festival, Delhi Photo Festival, Oxford University, Guatephoto2015, Bangladeshi American Creative Collective (BACC), Photoquai 2015 in Paris and Chobi Mela International Photo Festival. Mawa’s work ‘Finding Neverland’ was published in the book ‘Under the Banyan Tree’ by Pathshala and other works were published in Le Monde, The Guardian, etc. She received several awards, including: The Daily Star, ACI-Persona, KLPA, Guizhou Festival, UNICEF & PIB awards.