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Saumya Khandelwal is a Getty Images Instagram Grantee for her work ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’. With interest in gender issues and environment, 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 New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Washington Post, The Atlantic, 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, India Habitat Centre, Delhi, 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 such as Malala Fund.

When not wielding the lens, Khandelwal serves as a judge, mentor or speaker given the opportunity.


2018 | World Press Photo Joop Swart Nominee 

2017 | Getty Images Instagram Grant

2017 | National Foundation of India Award

2015 | Neel Dongre Photography Grant 

2014 | Neel Dongre Photography Grant 


2018 | ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’ exhibited at India Habitat Centre 

2017 | 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 

2015 | ‘Water - A dying lifeline’ exhibited at Goa Photo Festival 

2015 | ‘Gurgaon’ exhibited as part of ‘Millennium Dreams’ at India International Centre


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 

2016 | East West Centre Alumni for Cross Border Reporting