About - Ranita Roy

Ranita Roy is currently based out of Andul, India.

She completed her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Asutosh College, Kolkata, India in 2019. Joined Thomson Reuters as Contributor from March 2019.

While growing up in Andul, she enjoyed releasing the shutter of her father’s box camera and was excited when the flash triggered. She was five years old at the time.

It wouldn’t be until 2015 that she fell in love with photography. It was during a hard time in her life. She was battling severe depression and inadvertently found herself coping with her camera. She lost herself in the viewfinder. It made her forget about the world around her, but it put a different world directly in front of her.

Ranita’s traditional upbringing meant she had been expected to marry and have children after leaving school, but she explained to her parents it wasn’t her destiny.

She continued to practice and develop her skills with street photography, capturing her culture and the daily life of people. It brought her joy, but not meaning. She found meaning when she turned the camera around to photograph her family.

Ranita began photographing her grandmother, Chhordima, whose lively, independent lifestyle against a male-dominated society brought inspiration. Those images were in an exhibition in Kolkata and another with the International Women Photographers Association.

Those images paid tribute to her grandmother.

She then turned the camera’s lens around to herself when she suffered from sleep paralysis. Her friends and relatives doubted her condition, so she began documenting her experiences.

Her personal images and experiences were published in The New York Times Lens Blog and she found countless reader emails of people relating to her story and thanking her for being able to capture the terror of sleep paralysis and making them visible.

Her dedication and contribution to photography landed her inArtpil’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2018

Ranita was also awarded inThe 7th National Photography Award of India, the country’s highest photography honor. It brought honor to her small town of Andul.

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Bengali, Hindi and English.

M.Sc. Environmental Science (2017-2019), Vidyasagar University, India
B.Sc. Biological Science, University of Calcutta, India
The New York Portfolio Review (2019)
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Kolkata, India (2018)
Timothy Allen Photography Workshop in Sharjah, UAE (2018)
New Directions on Documentary Photo, Magnum Photos Sohrab Hura (2018)
National Geographic Photo Camp (2018)


Revealing the Terror of Sleep Paralysis-  New York Times, Lens Blog                                           

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway-  Reuters                                                                                 

Week in pictures: 22-28 June 2019 - BBC NEWS                                                                               

All aboard the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway -The National (UAE)                                               

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway- Hindustan Times                                                                         

A dream ride inside the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway -The Economic Times                     


Feature Shoot Interview, West Bengal Floods

Private Photo ViewChild Education

Femina Media (Hungary), Child Education

121Clicks, Child Education

"Telling of Trees" Vol. 1, by Steven Lee. Selected images published in Lee's book.

Dodho Magazine, Street Photography

WP fotoblogia (Poland), West Bengal Floods  

Xposure, Upanayana - Transformation of a Boy

Women in Street "Animal Magic," curated by Orna Naor

Women in Street "Something To Talk About," curated by Marci Lindsay

"Calcutta Then | Kolkata Now," images published alongside other photographers

Leher India (Child's Rights Org.), "Deluge, Distress & The Disastrous Backwash Of Floods On The Lives Of Children." 

Leher India, Through Her Lens II: 5 Female Photographers To Follow This Women’s Day, Capturing The Plight Of Children In India

National Geographic Society's Photo Camp

Broad Magazine's Instagram

The New York Portfolio Review 2019

7th Annual National Photography Award, India

UNESCO 2016, Climate Change  

National Geographic Photo Camp Kolkata 2018

Landskrona Foto Residency 2019, Runner Up

Dhaka International Photo Fest, Special Mention for Portfolio 

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, NOOR Images, Stanley Greene Scholarship, Recipient   

Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award 2018

Indian Photography Festival 2018, "Chhordima - Silent Feature of Women Movement" 

ARTPIL 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2018

West Bengal State Award Champion, Prafulla Dahanukar Art International Photography Grant 2017

Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, Honorable Mention

Finalist for International Women Photographer Award 2017 

Nominated in 6x6 Global Talent Program organized by World Press Photo Foundation

Montage Photo Festival 2016 (JUPF) Indo-Bangladesh Photography Contest

Montage Photo Festival 2017 (JUPF) Photography Contest and Exhibition

Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2018 Shortlist

Better Photography Magazine India, 1st Place Portrait                                                         

Nominee – PhotogrVphy Grant 2017


Marilyn Stafford 2018 FotoReportage Awards winners_25 July_20019,  at After Nyne Gallery, London.                                                                                                                                                     

7th National Photography Award Exhibition National Media Center in Delhi_2019             

Exhibit in Dhaka International Photo Festival 2019                                                                 

Xposure International Photography Festival 2018                                                                               

30 Under 30 Women Photographers Artpil 2018_ at LILLE and PARIS (France)         

International Women Photographer Award 2017 _ at  Saudi Arabia, France, India, Dubai


APmultimedia newsroom

Reuters- Indian girl hailed photography prodigy after winning award

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