Mobeen Ansari

Mobeen Ansari is a photographer, filmmaker and artist from Islamabad, Pakistan. After attaining his BFA degree from the National College of Arts, he started working in the field, telling stories of Pakistan & its people, promoting a diverse & poetic image of his country through his photos & films. As a photojournalist he focuses on human interest stories and has extensively worked on topics of global health and migration.

Mobeen has published three photography books. His first one, ‘Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Nation’, features portraits of iconic people of Pakistan from all walks of life. His second book, called ‘White in the Flag’ is based on the lives & festivities of religious minorities in Pakistan. Both these books have had two volumes published over the years. His third book is called ‘Miraas’ which is also about iconic people of Pakistan and follows ‘Dharkan’ as a sequel.

Mobeen has also made two silent movies; ’Hellhole’ is a black and white short film, based on the life of a sanitation worker, and ‘Lady of the Emerald Scarf’ is based on the life of Aziza, a carpet maker in Guilmit in Northern Pakistan.

He has exhibited in Pakistan & around the world, namely in UK, Italy, China Iraq, & across the US and UAE. His photographs have been displayed in many famous places as well, including Times Square in New York City. Mobeen is also a recipient of the Swedish Red Cross Journalism prize for his photography on the story of FIFA World Cup football manufacture in Sialkot.


  • 2023

  • Swedish Red Cross Journalism prize for photography for a story on manufacture of FIFA World Cup Footballs for Arbetet Global

    May 2023
  • 2019

  • Excellence in Photography Award from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid International Photography Award, Dubai, UAE

    September 2019
  • Awarded as one of the world’s leading photojournalists at Xposure International Photography Festival

    September 2019
  • 2017

  • ‘Best Short Documentary’ nomination at NYC Independent Film Festival

    May 2017
  • Shield for ‘Esteemed Keynote Speaker’ at AISEC’s YouthSpeak at GIKI

    January 2017
  • 2016

  • 'Best Short Film (non fiction) for ‘Hellhole’, Pakistan Calling Film Festival

    November 2016
  • Shield of Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan

    June 2016
  • 2012

  • Guest of Honor at SZABIST photography student exhibition

    June 2012
  • Shield for judging photography competition titled ‘Pakiography’

    January 2012
  • 2011

  • Runner-up winner in HBL ‘Hum Hain Pakistan’ Photography competition

    October 2011
  • Shield for judging photography competition at CMH Lahore

    March 2011
  • Award for judging photography competition at FAST NU Tamasha (January 2011)

    February 2011
  • 2010

  • Shield for giving photography workshop at CMH Lahore (April 2010)

    March 2010
  • Photographer of the year (NCA Rawalpindi)

    May 2010
  • 2008

  • Rafi Peer Youth performing arts festival

    November 2008
  • Pictorial Historian Award by Headstart school

    September 2006
Mobeen Ansari - Awards
Mobeen Ansari - Awards