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Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | August 2009, a Kashmiri man on his Shikara (traditional Kashmiri boat) at the Dal Lake in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir). Thinking about my Kashmiri friends, colleagues and the people who are living in Kashmir, a land is on complete lockdown-cut of from rest of the world. Last week the Indian government one-sidedly revoked the article 370, which took away the autonomy of the Kashmir region, by sending in thousands of army troops to crack down any possible unrest the move would bring in a disputed territory fought over by India and Pakistan. My Kashmiri friends often says “Kashmir is a bleeding paradise in the world”

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Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | Father and daughter get creative to beat 110 Fahrenheit temperature on Sunday in New York City. They were cooling off with the fire hydrants in their neighbourhood.

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A drizzly afternoon of June 2019, in a small village of Carpathian Mountains border with Ukraine-Slovakia-Poland.

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My recent @natgeo publication about the Transgender being part of main Hindu pilgrim festival. Link in bio^ India’s half a million transgender population—38,325 of whom were eligible to cast their vote for the first time in the 2019 general elections with their transgender identity—had no place in society until the Indian Supreme Court formally recognized them as the third gender in April 2014. And yet, the fight against social stigma, discrimination, self-identification and harrassment continues. The revised Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill of 2016, currently languishing in the parliament, denies any affirmative action for transpersons in eduation, healthcare, and employment.

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Photo by Ismail Ferdous ( @ismailferdous) | A Rohingya girl came from Myanmar with her family members on Oct 20, 2017. It took her and her family 12 days by foot to reach Bangladesh border from a village of Myanmar. They used to live near Bolibazar in the Sittwe province of Myanmar. She saw her own brother, uncle and aunt were killed by the Burmese military. Between August and December 2017, 600,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees poured from Myanmar across the Bangladeshi border. Fleeing rape, murder, and what the United Nations has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” the refugees settled in camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Photo by Ismail Ferdous ( @ismailferdous) | On November 17, 2016, in international waters off the Libyan coast, Doctors Without Borders members rescue African migrants attempting to reach Europe, often in a small or unsafe rafts. On this trip, the ship Bourbon Argos carries migrants from four separate rescue attempts. More than 100 people drowned. Survivors spent three days on the Bourbon Argos as it made its way to Italy. A total of 219 migrants disembarked in Sicily on this trip. Next, they start the process for asylum.

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Love in Light. June 2016 | Archive photo

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Dhaka 2014 | Archive image

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Portrait | September 2018 #latergram

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Day-to-day detail

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Street Jazz #nola

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Spring | আমার বসন্ত থেকে তোমার গ্রীষ্মে নতুন বছরের শুভ কামনা

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Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | On a spring afternoon, people gather at Washington Square Park in New York City.

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#NatGeo100Contest. @Natgeo hit 100 million followers! As a thanks, they are having a photo contest for the next 24 hours only. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Congratulations @natgeo hitting the 100 million milestone!! It’s been great to be a part of @natgeo. Caption: In the hot autumn of 2016 two siblings take shower after dipping in Cascais beach in Portugal.

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Outtake #onassignment @natgeo

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Somewhere over Atlantic

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18 Jan 2019. Great to be in this frame with my fellow @natgeo photographers, editors and staffs. It is an honor to be part of National Geographic family. #natgeostorysummit 2019

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Photograph by @ismailferdous Trapani port, Sicily on 15 November 2016. #tbt I sailed on a Bourbon Argos (MSF) rescue boat to the Mediterranean Sea -around the Libyan and Tunisian coast for a @nytimes assignment. To look for African refugees who fled from war to Europe by boat.

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I am thrilled to see my photo have chosen as National Geographic's @natgeo Best Animal photos of 2018, from my "Endangered elephants trapped by world’s largest refugee camp" story. Caption: An Asian elephant peers through foliage in Bangladesh’s Inani forest, on the edge of the largest refugee camp in the world. The elephant is one of 38 trapped in the forest adjacent to the camp, which blocks elephants’ migration routes. Link: https://on.natgeo.com/2BHleLT

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @ismailferdous | On an autumn evening of 2018, a bunch of swans and seagulls fight over the food given in Kleine Alster Lake, Hamburg, Germany. Kleine Alster is a small canal located right next to Hamburgs city hall square. It is about 200 meters long and 40 meters wide. In summertime it is a tourist hotspot to those who like to feed the "Alster-swans“ from the stairs that go right down to the water. These swans are one of Hamburg’s landmarks. In wintertime the town settles them to their special wintering ground in another lake in Hamburg. The canal connects the lake Binnenalster with the Alsterfleet. It is surrounded by fancy Cafés and Boutiques. #hamburg #autumn #2018 #hamburg #autumn #2018

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Last working day before a long holiday. #NewYrok

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Very happy & honoured to have 3 photos chosen in @natgeo’s Best 100 Photographs from 2018, from my South Asian American story, featured in the September 2018 issue of National Geographic Magazine! Thank you as always my Natgeo family! Link: https://on.natgeo.com/2QzP7Ie

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Neighborhood friends

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#Repost from @pacificstand A second photo from our series documenting the land-swapped areas in India and Bangladesh, featuring Bangladeshi cyclists riding through a former chhitmajal, or land enclave. In 2015, India and Bangladesh redrew the lines of their land border, in hopes of smoothing out the pockets of overlapping territory that complicated the two countries’ boundaries. And just like that, thousands of people who had been living in India all their lives were suddenly told they were living in Bangladesh, and vice versus. For more photos from the borderlands of India and Bangladesh, and our accompanying story on the complicated effects of the redrawn border, click the link in the bio. Photo: @ismailferdous

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© Ismail Ferdous / @natgeo For thousands of years, Asian elephants around the city of Cox’s Bazar, in southeastern #Bangladesh, have walked the same forest paths over and over on their migration to and from Myanmar. Between August and December 2017, 600,000 #Rohingya Muslim refugees poured from Myanmar across the Bangladeshi border. Endangered #elephants trapped by world’s largest #refugee camp. Link in bio & here: http://on.natgeo.com/2BHBUEm

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My brainchild of this summer just came out in @natgeo. Some 38 elephants are now stranded in an ever-shrinking patch of Inani forest adjacent to the World's largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar-Bangladesh. Conflict between #Rohingya #refugees and #Elephants in #Bangladesh. Link here or in bio: https://on.natgeo.com/2BHBUEm

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This project “The Great Land Swap” I started in 2013 and finally came to an end this summer. Thanks @pacificstand for commissioning me to complete this important story. Three years after India and Bangladesh exchanged it exclaves to simplify the worlds most complex border, mini who chose to move raider to change their citizenship find that there prospects are not what they would hoped. It’s a 14 pages cover story in @pacificstand November 2018 issue about The Borders and Boundaries. Here some of the images including front and back cover. #border #exclaves #boundaries #bangladesh #india thanks @itstaylorle

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A brave friend @taminaflorentine #latergram #respect

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @ismailferdous | At Hoboken, New Jersey’s City Hall, Ravi S. Bhalla, the new mayor, stands in front of portraits of past mayors. An Indian-American civil rights lawyer and a Sikh who wears a turban to express his faith, Bhalla was elected in November. “We are a diverse and welcoming community,” he says. It is an honor to see my first story on South Asian Americans in this current issue of National Geographic magazine. Behind this story an entire crew somehow could relate themselves to this story- the writer immigrated from India and is now an American citizen, the photo editor’s parents are from Sri Lanka and she is Sri Lankan-American, the digital photo editor is an immigrant from Pakistan and I, myself, moved to New York couple of years ago. Being a Bangladeshi photographer who immigrated to America and got to work on my first big project on South Asians in America has been a phenomenal experience and is very close to my heart.

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Spring ‘18

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#outtake on assignment @pacificstand

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#outtake

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Picnic

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