Mobeen Ansari


Mobeen Ansari is a photographer, filmmaker, artist & author based in 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 positive & poetic image of his country through his work.

Ansari has published two 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; He has also produced two silent films; '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 Hunza.

He has been invited to exhibit and speak at many forums in Pakistan & around the world, namely in China, Italy, Iraq, Qatar and across United States & the United Arab Emirates.


  • 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