Monirul Alam was born in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1975. He took up photography in 1994. After completing his Bachelors in Accounting from the National University, he went on to graduate from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and took a post graduate certificate course on Broadcast and Cross Media Journalism at the BRAC University jointly with the Erasmus University based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Monirul worked with the daily Prothom newspaper as a deputy chief photojournalist. In 2018 he joined epa as visual journalist in Bangladesh.