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Saumya Khandelwal is an independent photojournalist based in New Delhi, India, contributing for The New York Times and National Geographic among others. A Getty Images Instagram Grantee 2017 for her work ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’, her works focus on gender and environmental issues. 

Nominated for World Press Photo 6X6 Global Talent Program from Asia region in 2019, Khandelwal has built a diverse body of work spanning journalism and documentary genres of photography over the past six years. Khandelwal has previously worked with Thomson Reuters and national daily Hindustan Times.  

She has contributed for National Geographic, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, Stern, Der Speigel, Nzz Am Sonntag, MIT Technology Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vanity Fair, Caravan etc. and NGOs Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Malala Fund, Path India 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.


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 International 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