/ 2021 / Special / Street Photography

Out for Prayers

  • Prize
    Gold in Special/Street Photography
  • Photographer
    France Leclerc

After arriving by train in Tongi, pilgrims hastily go to the site of the Bishwa Ijtema, the annual gathering of Muslims in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, for prayers. Only the balloons seller remains at the train station.

France Leclerc, born in Quebec, Canada, is an independent photographer who currently lives in Chicago. Her early career was in academia, but she decided to make a change to pursue her true passion for photography. The most prominent themes of her work are culture (especially disappearing ones), gender, and social inequality. She likes to describe her work as “life photography”, though her approach is a mix between documentary and street photography.