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Saumya Khandelwal is an independent photojournalist based in New Delhi, India, contributing for National Geographic and The New York Times among others. Having been selected for World Press Photo's 6X6 Global Talent Program 2019, she is a Getty Images Instagram Grantee 2017 for her work ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’ and has worked on gender and environment issues; having previously worked with Thomson Reuters and national daily Hindustan Times. 

Over the past six years, Khandelwal has built a diverse body of work spanning journalism and documentary genres of photography that has been featured in The Guardian, Time (online), The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera etc.

Recipient of the National Foundation of India Award 2017, Khandelwal's work has also been exhibited at Getty Images Gallery, London, India Photo Festival, Hyderabad, and Goa Photo Festival; and digitally exhibited at Women in Photography slideshow, Singapore.

Of late, she has contributed to The New York Times, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Businessweek, MIT Tech Review, Spiegel Online, Daz Magazin, Nzz Am Sonntag, Rheinpfalz am Sonntag, Caravan, Scroll and IndiaSpend; and NGOs Malala Fund and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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


2019 | Selected for World Press Photo 6X6 Global Talent Program

2019 | World Press Photo Joop Swart Nominee 

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


2019 | Artist Talk at India Photo Festival, Hyderabad. 

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