Alefiya Akbarally is an award-winning Sri Lankan born photographer living in Houston, USA.

In 2011 she won a prestigious Black and White Spider Award for a creation from her fashion portfolio, and in 2007 she was one of a small group of Asian photographers selected for the acclaimed Ankor Photographers' Workshop.

In addition to her successful commercial and fashion photography, her piercing and eloquent documentation of social issues include work on a cancer hospital, teenage mothers, a missionary school and the biography of an acclaimed artist. In 2009, a Goethe Institute grant took her to Mumbai, India to document the dhobi ghats which resulted in a unique exhibition on life within the ghats; a centuries old open-air laundry where hundreds of workers wash clothes by hand on stone platforms.

Alefiya studied photography at the London College of Communication and has lived and worked in Asia, Australia and Europe. Her work has appeared in Vogue Australia, The British Journal of Photography, Bently UK and Business Traveler Asia.

While one of the highlights of Alefiya's career includes having Magnum photographer, Antoine d’Agata as a mentor, she believes that her life changing moment came when she accepted her fiancé Omar's proposal of marriage and a life in Houston. Living in the US,Alefiya says, has brought her opportunities to push ways of seeing through the lens beyond the boundaries.

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