Doli Akter was born in 1987 in the Brahmanbaria district of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Introduced to photography by Dr Shahidul Alam in 1997, she won a Chobi Mela scholarship in 2005 to study at the Pathshala South Asian Institute of Photography. A Master of Arts student in Eden Mohilla College, she also works in Drik Picture Agency as an image developer. Doli has had her work exhibited in group events at both Drik Gallery and Ikon Photo.
She has a keen interest to develop more photo-documentaries on the disabled in Bangladesh to dispel misunderstandings on them and to show people that they too can be self-sufficient and in control of their own lives.