The first ever photography exhibition of Katalyst titled ‘Changing Lives’ was hosted on 6th October, Tuesday at the Department for International Development, Bangladesh (DFID-B) Conference Room. The Exhibition was officially opened by Mr. Chris Austin, Country Representative, DFID-B. Twenty five photographs were selected by the distinguished panel of judges which represented Katalyst work in the field in Maize, Fish, Furniture Prawn, Vegetable, Media and ICT sectors for display at the exhibition.
The competition was open to all Katalyst staff. There were 123 entries submitted by 26 staff. Five selected participants described Katalyst work in the particular intervention captured in the photos and their experience while taking them. Mr. Chris Austin mentioned in his brief speech that ‘each photo spoke a thousand words’.
At the inauguration ceremony, Mr. James Blewett, General Manager, Katalyst made a short presentation on the Market Development Approach of Katalyst. Among others, senior officials from both DFID Bangladesh and Katalyst were also present at the event. A documentary film on the achievements of Katalyst titled as “Transforming markets, improving lives” was also screened at the ceremony.
Fatema Tuz Zohra, Business Consultant, Business Enabling Environment (BEE) won the first prize. The second prize also went to the Business Enabling Environment (BEE) group, which was won by Shahnewaz Karim Rontee, Group Manager. And finally, Abu Sufian, Senior Business Consultant, Industry and Rural Sector Group won the third prize.
The prizes were handed over by Mr. Chris Austin, Country Representative, DFID-B. The exhibition was enjoyed and well appreciated by all and there were recommendations to organize such exhibitions every year. Katalyst plans to share these photos with other donors for display.