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.


Joined Thomson Reuters as Contributor from March 2019

Working with WaterAid India (Fellowship) 2019-2020

2019  M.Sc. Environmental Science (2017-2019), Vidyasagar University, India

2019-2020 Women Photograph Mentorship Class

2019-2020 Fellowship for Wash Project (WaterAid India)

2019 Finding your visual Voice- VII Agency (New York) Scholarship from VII Academy 
2019  The New York Portfolio Review (New York, USA)

2019 Selected to attend the emotional and physical resilience training in with ROAAAR. Supported by the IWMF and Blink
2018  Foundry Photojournalism Workshop  (Kolkata, India) Scholarship from NOOR
2018  Timothy Allen Photography Workshop  (Sharjah, UAEScholarship 
2018  New Directions on Documentary Photo, Magnum Photos Sohrab Hura (India)
2018  National Geographic Photo Camp (India)
2015  B.Sc. Biological Science, University of Calcutta, (India)


2019   Revealing the Terror of Sleep Paralysis-  New York Times, Lens Blog

2019  The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway-  Reuters                                                                                

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

2019  All aboard the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway -The National (UAE)                                          

2019  The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway- Hindustan Times                                                                

2019  A dream ride inside the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway -The Economic Times                     

2019  "Calcutta Then | Kolkata Now," images published alongside other photographers

2019 Published in Gladrags Media


2018  Feature Shoot Interview, West Bengal Floods

2018  Private Photo ViewChild Education

2018  Dodho Magazine, Street Photography

2018  Xposure, Upanayana - Transformation of a Boy

2018  Women in Street "Animal Magic," curated by Orna Naor

2018  Leher India (Child's Rights Org.), "Deluge, Distress & The Disastrous Backwash Of Floods On The Lives Of Children."

2018  Women in Street "Something To Talk About," curated by Marci Lindsay

2018  Leher India, Through Her Lens II: 5 Female Photographers To Follow This Women’s Day, Capturing The Plight Of Children In India

2018  National Geographic Society's Photo Camp

2018  Broad Magazine's Instagram

2017  Femina Media (Hungary), Child Education

2017  121Clicks, Child Education

2017  "Telling of Trees" Vol. 1, by Steven Lee. Selected images published in Lee's book.

2017  WP fotoblogia (Poland), West Bengal Floods  


2019 Romano Cagnoni Photolux Award 2019 finalist 

2019  The New York Portfolio Review 2019

2019  Scholarship from VII Academy for the workshop "Finding Your Visual Voice" - 2019 (NYC)

2019  Landskrona Foto Residency 2019, Runner Up

2019  Dhaka International Photo Fest, Special Mention for Portfolio 

2018  7th Annual National Photography Award, India

2018  National Geographic Photo Camp Kolkata 2018

2018  Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, NOOR Images, Stanley Greene Scholarship, Recipient   

2018  Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award 2018

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

2018  ARTPIL 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2018

2018  Nominated in 6x6 Global Talent Program organized by World Press Photo Foundation

2018  Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2018 Shortlist

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

2017  Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, Honorable Mention

2017  Finalist for International Women Photographer Award 2017 

2017  Montage Photo Festival 2017 (JUPF) Photography Contest and Exhibition

2017  Nominee – PhotogrVphy Grant 2017

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

2016  Better Photography Magazine India, 1st Place Portrait                                                         

2016  UNESCO 2016, Climate Change 


2019_ Online show and print sale _organized by Antidote art.design

2019  Marilyn Stafford 2018 FotoReportage Awards winners_25 July,  at After Nyne Gallery, ( London).  

2019  7th National Photography Award Exhibition National Media Center in Delhi (INDIA)            

2019  Exhibit in Dhaka International Photo Festival (Bangladesh)                                                     

2018  Xposure International Photography Festival 2018 (Sharjah, UAE)

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

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


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