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Saumya Khandelwal is a Getty Images Instagram Grantee for her work ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’. With interest in gender issues, environment and education, Khandelwal is an independent photographer based in New Delhi, India, where she previously worked with Thomson Reuters and Hindustan Times.
Over the past five years, Khandelwal has built a diverse body of work spanning journalism and documentary genres of photography that has been featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and Time among others.
Recipient of the National Foundation of India Award 2017, Khandelwal's work has also been exhibited at Getty Images Gallery, London, Hyderabad Photo Festival and Goa Photo Festival, India.
Of late, she has been contributing to The New York Times, National Geographic, Daz Magazin, Nzz Am Sonntag, Rheinpfalz am Sonntag, Caravan and to NGOs including Malala Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation.
When not wielding the lens, Khandelwal serves as a judge, mentor or speaker given the opportunity.
Getty Images Instagram Grant / 2017
National Foundation of India Award / 2017
Neel Dongre Photography Grant / 2015
Neel Dongre Photography Grant / 2014
‘Child Brides of Shravasti’ exhibited at India Habitat Centre / 2018
Exhibited at Getty Images Gallery, London / 2017
‘Child Brides of Shravasti’ exhibited at India Photography Festival / 2016
‘A Biography of Scrap’ exhibited as a part of ‘World of Recycle’ at India Habitat Centre / 2016
‘Water - A dying lifeline’ exhibited at Goa Photo Festival / 2015
‘Gurgaon’ exhibited as part of ‘Millennium Dreams’ at India International Centre / 2015
NOMINATIONS, TRAININGS AND TALKS
World Press Photo Joop Swart Nominee / 2018
Speaker at TedxChennai on 'What photos can teach us about child brides' / 2018
Panelist at International Media Conference on ‘Creative storytelling’ / 2018
Participated in Hostile Environment Training by Key Objectives / 2018
Selected for New York Portfolio Review / 2018
Judge and mentor at Nikon’s photo competition ‘Through Her Lens’ / 2018
Attended National Geographic Photo Seminar / 2018
East West Centre Alumni for Cross Border Reporting / 2016