Andrew Biraj was born in 1982 in 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. His work has been featured in exhibitions 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 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 was a participant in the 2008 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He has won several awards including a third prize (in 2010) and a first prize (in 2008), in the National Press Photographers Association of America's Best of Photojournalism awards; a silver award (in 2001) and a bronze (in 2007) in the China International Press Photo Contest; the 2010 Award of Excellence in Feature Photography, from the Society of Publishers in Asia and the 2010 South Asian Journalists Association award for an outstanding photograph about South Asia. Biraj has been published in Time.com, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Observer Magazine, The Times, Asian Geo, Hindustan Times, New Age and in many other international publications. He currently works for Reuters.