A Getty Images Instagram Grantee 2017 for her work ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’, her works focus on gender and environmental issues. Saumya's photos have been selected for National Geographic's 100 Best Photos of the Century and TIME's Top 10 Photos of 2021.
Nominated for World Press Photo 6X6 Global Talent Program from Asia region in 2019, Saumya has built a diverse body of work spanning journalism and documentary genres of photography over the past ten years. She has previously worked with Thomson Reuters and national daily Hindustan Times.
Saumya has also contributed for The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Rest of World, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, Stern, Der Spiegel, Nzz Am Sonntag, MIT Technology Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vanity Fair, Caravan etc.
She works with NGOs Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Malala Fund, Acumen, Path India etc.
Recipient of the National Foundation of India Award 2017, Saumya's work has also been exhibited at Getty Images Gallery, London; Foreign Correspondent's Club, Hong Kong; India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; India Photo Festival, Hyderabad, and Goa Photo Festival; and digitally exhibited at Women in Photography slideshow, Singapore.