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ROSL Photography Competition 2021

International Friendship

10 December - 6 February 2022

 Tirtha Lawati Dragonfly CAMERAWINNER

Tirtha Lawati, Nyauli, 2021 (Camera Winner)

Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya | Chinmoy Biswas | Debarun Biswas | Debdatta Chakraborty | Sandipani Chattopadhyay | Mithail Afrige Chowdhury | Charlotte Dobson | Aravindan Ganesan | S R Hossain | MD Shamim Ul Islam | Syed Mahabubul Kader | Tirtha Lawati | Isabel Okoro | Clair Robins | Shubhodeep Roy | Greg Semu | Mussa Uwitonze


The shared stories behind each of the photographs on display in this exhibition provide a global insight into the perceived idea of what international friendship truly looks like in 2021. Without the prospect of long-distance travel on the horizon during the impact of the pandemic we are met with a series of heightened connections, wrought with sadness, humour, empathy … humanity. We have been in lockdown, solitude, isolation and fear but we have also felt community, spirit and resolve.

ROSL ART’s biennial open submission photography competition has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2019, doubling in size with over 500 entries from 40 countries.

Our six international industry judges; Sunil Gupta, Rakesh Mohindra, Germaine Walker (all London), Farah Mahbub (Pakistan), Veerle Poupeye (Jamaica) and Sarker Protick (Bangladesh) assessed the plethora of quality submissions taken over the past year in preparation for this shortlisted exhibition.

ROSL Photography Competition 2021, installation view, ROSL Clubhouse, London

Mithail Afrige Chowdhury Best Friend vs Covid 19 CAMERA

Mithail Afrige Chowdhury, I am here for you, 2021



Debarun Biswas Reunion Place MOBILE WINNER

Debarun Biswas. Reunion Place, 2021 (Mobile Winner)


Shubhodeep Roy In a Distant Land CAMERA MAPRIZEWINNER

Shubhodeep Roy, In a Distant Land, 2021 (Madiha Aijaz Prize Winner)



Uwitonze Mussa A Second Chance to Life CAMERA

Mussa Uwitonze, Bring hope back home, 2021


2021 Selected Winners



Tirtha Lawati (b. 1997, Hangsari, Panchthar, Nepal), based in Warwickshire, UK



Debarun Biswas (b. 1995, Naihati, India), based in Naihati, India



Shubhodeep Roy (b. 2001, Kolkata, India), based in Kolkata, India



Isabel Okoro Tarkwa CAMERA

Isabel Okoro, Tarwka!, 2021


Tirtha Lawati Sons of Gurkhas MOBILE

Tirtha Lawati, Sons of Gurkhas, 2020



Debdatta Chakraborty Friends CAMERA

Debdatta Chakraborty, Friends, 2020


Debarun Biswas Washerman MOBILE

Debarun Biswas, Washerman, 2021

S R Hossain Journey in the Mist Morning CAMERA

S R Hossain, Journey in the Mist Morning, 2020



Greg Semu Looking Through the Window CAMERA

Greg Semu, Looking Through the Window / A Portrait of Tereza Crvenković, 2021



Soumya Bhattacharyya Simple Pleasures

Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya, Simple Pleasures, 2021


MD Shamim UI Islam When Dreams Are Like Birds Then They fly away CAMERA

MD Shamim Ul Islam, When Dreams Are Birds, Then They Fly Away, 2020

Sandipani Chattopadhy Colonial Cousins CAMERA

Sandipani Shibani Chattopadhyay, Colonial Cousins, 2021



Chinmoy Biswas Early Friendship CAMERA

Chinmoy Biswas, Early Friendship, 2021


Aravindan Ganesan Friendship CAMERA

Aravindan Ganesan, Friends, 2021



Syed Mahabubul Kader Humanity CAMERA

Syed Mahabubul Kader, Humanity, 2021



Charlotte Dobson Guidance and Support CAMERA

Charlotte Dobson, Guidance and Support, 2021



Clair Robins First Proper Hug CAMERA

Clair Robins, First Proper Hug, 2021


Clair Robins Polly and Dolly CAMERA

Clair Robins, Polly & Dolly, 2021


ROSL ARTS wishes to thank all those who have contributed to this competition and the many creative voices both behind and in front of the camera.

This project is supported by the ROSL Trust (Charity no. 306095)

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