Photography | India
Photography | India
About Ranita Roy
I’m from Andul, a small town near Kolkata, India. I completed Masters degree in Environmental Science from Asutosh College (Kolkata).
Photography is a kind of meditation for me. I started photography in 2015. I love to capture everything around me, yet I have a very special interest in narrative photography.
I joined Thomson Reuters in March 2019 as a Freelance Photojournalist and completed different projects under the State Government of West Bengal along with many self-projects like Old Age Happiness, Sleep Paralysis, Flood affected areas, Child Labor, Health care issue, Animal rights and many more.
I was awarded a scholarship from NOOR for Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2018, Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award 2018, vii academy scholarship for Finding your visual voice workshop – New York (2019) and in 2019 I’ve been selected for 7th annual New York Portfolio Review organized by The New York Times at New York.
I have won diverse photography challenges on a National and International level including UNESCO (Climate change), 7th National Photography Award (India), Honorable Mention in Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, West Bengal State Award by PrafullaDahanukar Art Foundation and being top 10 finalists of International Women Photographer Award 2017.
Many of my photos and photograph stories were published in various media like Reuters, The New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, The National (UAE), The Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Feature Shoot etc.
The Project – “Sleep Paralysis” was published in Lens Blog, New York Times – April 2019 – Page Link
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was published in Reuters- 28June 2019 – Page Link
Week in pictures: 22-28 June 2019 was published in BBC NEWS – Page Link
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was published in Reuters Editor’s Choice- 28June 2019 – Page Link
A dream ride inside the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was published in The Economic Times- 1st July 2019 – Page Link
All aboard the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – in pictures was published in The National (UAE)- 28 JUNE 2019 – Page Link
Photos: The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was published in Hindustan Times- 30 JUNE 2019 – Page Link
Fact A Look at Life in India, Part 1/2 was published in avax.news – Page Link
PHOTOS: India in the week gone by was published in rediff.com- 1st July 2019 – Page Link
The series “Chhordima” & “Upanayanam” was published as Featured Artist in explorenation.net, photygraphy posts, workshops, writings and thoughts by Steven V-L Lee – Page Link
The project “Deluge, Distress & The Disastrous Backwash Of Floods On The Lives Of Children” published by Leher India – Child Rights organization
One of the contributors in the book “Kolkata then and now”, which was launched at Oxford Bookstore (Kolkata)
Selected and got Published in Street photography gallery from @womeninstreet, curated by Marci Lindsay, Theme – Something To Talk About – Page Link
Selected & got published in Street photography gallery from @womeninstreet, curated by Orna Naor, Theme – Animal Magic – Page Link
Publish in popular blogging site, WP fotoblogia, a part of Wirtualna Polska Group, Poland – Page Link
Published in Dodho Magazine- One of the most influential online magazine – Page Link
Published in Feature Shoot with my interview on the project – Page Link
Got published in the book “Telling of Trees” Vol. 1, by Steven Lee
Published Indian Child Education System in Private Photo View – Page Link
Published Child labour and Child Education in Femina Media (Hungary)- Page Link
Published Photo series on Child Education at 121Clicks – Page Link
Chosen to publish under theme Personal Freedom for Youtube Channel – The Art of Photography, run by Ted Forbes, Photographer and Film Maker.- Page Link
Winner Monochrome Portrait Photography Contest, organized by Better Photography Magazine, India’s leading photography magazine
Won 1st Prize in &photography photo contest
Montage 2017 (JPUC) Photography Contest and exhibition (3 acceptance)
UNESCO (Climate change) photo contest category winner
Vibgyor cityscape photo contest and exhibition (among top 5 contestent)
4th photo contest Iskon Kolkata Rathayatra – 2nd Consolation Winner (2016)
3rd photo contest Iskon Kolkata Rathayatra – 2nd Consolation Winner (2016)
Halla Street Art and Graphiti Photo Contest (2nd Position)
Montage 16 (JUPC) Indo-Bangladesh Photography contest and exhibition (acceptance)
Vogue Italia (publish 11 photographs)
Think Yellow Think Idea (Photo of the Day) a 30 days contest on Durga Puja Festival, Chosen 30 winners
2nd photo contest Iskon Kolkata Rathayatra 2nd consolation winner (2015)
7 th National Photography Award Exhibition National Media Center in Delhi_2019
Marilyn Stafford 2018 FotoReportage Awards winners_25 July,at After Nyne Gallery, London
Selected to Exhibit in Dhaka International (Single and Portfolio category) 2019
Xposure International Photography Festival 2018
30 Under 30 Women Photographers Artpil 2018_ at Maison de la Photographie, LILLE, France.
30 Under 30 Women Photographers Artpil 2018_ Galerie Claude Samuel / Viaduc des Arts 69 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France
IWPA Exhibition_Riyadh, Saudi Arabia_L’Art Pur Gallery. 2017
IWPA Exhibition _Marseille, France 2017
Exhibit in Maya Art Space(Kolkata)_2017 – Page Link
IWPA Exhibition at Toulouse, France. 2017
IWPA Exhibition at Delhi, India 2017
Graphoto exhibition 2016 at Kolkata
IWPA Exhibition (Paris, France) 2017
International Women Photographers-DUBAI Exhibition 2017
Montage JUPC _ Exhibition2016
Montage JUPC _ Exhibition2017
Bagged a scholarship from vii academy for Finding your visual Voice- workshop (New York) 2019
Selected to attend the 7th annual New York Portfolio Review 2019
Selected for “Special Mention Award (Professional Category) for the 7th National Photography Award, India – 2019
Selected as 2nd Runners up in Landskrona Foto Residency 2019
Selected to Exhibit in Dhaka International Photo Fest, Category – Portfolio (Story telling) – 2019
Selected for Kolkata edition of the National Geographic Photo Camp. 2018
The Project – “Healthcare of women & children in India” was shortlisted for Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2018 – Page Link
Among Top 50 in World Photography and Essay Contest, Theme “Beautiful Moments” organised by Solar Max Technology Inc.
Awarded scholarship for Foundry Photojournalism workshop 2018 at Kolkata.
Winner for Sunday Challenge – TIME TO RELAX, organised by On Spot Gallery.
The series ‘Chhordima – Silent Feature of Women Movement” was screened in Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad, 2018, Curated by Senthil Kumaran.
Second prize winner in a contest organised by the magazine “KOLKATA on WHeeLS” 2018.
Selected for Experimenter Learning Program:Module III: New Directions on Documentary photography by Sohrab Hura Among 5 winning portfolios in ‘Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award’ for the Year 2018 – Page Link
Among the selected photographers for 30 Under 30 Women Photographers / 2018, Organized by ARTPIL
West Bengal State Award Champion at Kalanand organized by Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation
Nominee – Nature Section – PhotogrVphy Grant 2017 – Page Link
Winner in ISA MOSTRA Photography Exhibition -cum- competition 2017 organised by Nagpur Photography Club
Winner in Senior category on theme “Street & Portrait” held during Drishtiraaga 2017 organised by Mushroom The Photographer’s Circle, Bhubaneswar
Winner under Nature category in Exhibition – cum – contest in Lens & Lady 2017, organised by Vigour media & Education, Jaipur
Achieved Honourable Mention in Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award – Page Link
2 (two) images among TOP 12 in WHEELS Photography Competition 2017-2018
Among TOP 10 Finalist of International Women Photographer Award 2017 – Page Link
For you photography is?
Meditation. Where my mind and body both is in alignment and I'm totally present in that moment.
Can you describe your work in this series?
I photograph to reproduce the feeling of the moment. I look for a sense of defiance and fortitude in my work. I hunt the moment of mystery, surprise and humor and love to show the different moments and moods of life. I focus on a place with regular people in exaggerated situations that highlight an aspect of who they are.
Do you see your work as Art Photo or Photojournalism, or do you believe in these 2 categories ?
I work as an artistic photojournalist, where I describe a story in an artistic way. I like to combine both in a poetic way.
Your photos are about India and its population, what are you trying to tell or achieve?
Like every region worldwide, my country also has positive and negative aspects. I would love to show the positive aspects to the world along with the negative aspects to the society to take a measure of rectification. I love to preserve moments from now for the future so that when I will look back I can sense the essence and soul of that moment.