• Ranita Roy

    Ranita Roy

    Photography | India

  • Ranita Roy

    Ranita Roy

    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.

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Photography's a kind of meditation for me

About:

Date of Birth: 30th January, 1994
Father’s Name: Sri Ganesh Chandra Roy

Area of Expertise:

Photography :
Narrative Photography, Documentary, PhotoJournalism,
Street Photography, Nature and Landscape, Travel, Portrait
and Fine Arts.

Image Processing :
Adobe Bridge, Photoshop & Adobe Light room

Documentation
Microsoft Office

Equipments:

Nikon D750 : Nikkor 24-120 mm

Canon Rebel T3i : Canon 18-55 mm, Canon 55-250 mm, Canon 50 mm

Nikon D7000 : Nikkor 18-105 mm, Nikkor 14-24 mm, Nikkor 35 mm

Olympus E 520 : Olympus 14-42 mm, Olympus 40-150 mm, Olympus 70-300
mm

Experience:
Joined Thomson Reuters as Contributor from March 2019

My Projects:
Documentary on irrigation system under West Bengal Government called Jalatirtha

Self-project on Old Age Happiness

Documentary on Environmental issue in flood affected areas

Documentary on Child labor and Child education system in India

Documentary on Advancement of Relationship

Documentary on Feelings of Nature (Self Project)

Documentary on Tribal Education System - Project under Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) who promotes Linguistic

harmony by teaching 15 Indian languages to non-native learners

Covered the project "Celebration With a Smile", Organized by Howrah Suparna in collaboration with Child Line Howrah

Documentary on Animal rights, titled “Price of Milk” (Foundry Project)

Documentary on “Healthcare of poor and financial backward women & children in India” (Self project)

Travel Assignment on a resort called “Teen Taley Eco Village Resort” Sikkim

Event assignment on Book Release “Impact of Indian Forest Act on the Forest Dwelling Tribes” authored by Suparna Sanyal

Mukherjee at Governor’s House (Rajbhavan) Kolkata

Documentary on “Pollution during Festival” based on Diwali Festival in Kolkata during my assignment for NatGeo Photo Camp

Documentary on “Sleep Paralysis” – Something watching Me

Publications:

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

Achievements:

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)

Education:

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

Achievements:

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

Interview:

APmultimedia newsroom – Page Link

REUTERS – Page Link

STUDIO VISIT

Q.

For you photography is?

A.

Meditation. Where my mind and body both is in alignment and I'm totally present in that moment.

Q.

Can you describe your work in this series?

A.

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.

Q.

Do you see your work as Art Photo or Photojournalism, or do you believe in these 2 categories ?

A.

I work as an artistic photojournalist, where I describe a story in an artistic way. I like to combine both in a poetic way.

Q.

Your photos are about India and its population, what are you trying to tell or achieve?

A.

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.



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