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.
GRANTS, AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
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
TRAININGS AND TALKS
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