Ranita Roy, an independent storyteller hailing from the...
Ranita Roy, an independent storyteller hailing from the quaint town of Andul, India, has carved her own path in the realm of narrative exploration. Currently dividing her time between Kolkata and Uttarakhand, Ranita's creative journey is a testament to her unwavering commitment to unraveling the intricate tapestry of fiction and reality. Her storytelling takes on the form of captivating quasi-documentary narratives, weaving together the threads of diverse human experiences.

Her commitment to her craft is underscored by her extensive training, including completing Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) in Jakarta, by Reuters. In 2023 she became a certified open water diver by PADI. This training equips her to fearlessly delve into challenging environments to capture compelling stories from around the world.

Ranita's work has garnered widespread recognition, finding a place in esteemed media publications like Reuters, The Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, The Caravan magazine, NPR, The Guardian, and Microsoft. Her portfolio showcases a profound dedication to themes related to the environment, social justice, and mental health, conveying powerful messages through her unique lens.
Equipped with a Master's degree in Environmental Science, along with knowledge in Anthropology, Zoology, and Botany, Ranita possesses an intimate understanding of both land and people, enriching her storytelling with depth and authenticity.
 
In 2021, she achieved the prestigious distinction of becoming a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, further solidifying her position as a transformative artist in the field. Her short film "BAPI" has been exhibited at renowned festivals, including the Breda Photo festival in The Netherlands and the Jakarta International Photo Festival (JIPFest) in 2023. In 2022 she got a grant from the Magnum Foundation and AJWS.



Ranita is available for assignments + commissions globally.

email: ranita30roy@gmail.com
Languages:  Bengali, Hindi, and English



Recognitions :

2024
Selected for Mongabay-India x ALT EFF Masterclass: Environmental Video Journalism

2023
Certified open water diver by PADI
The Vital Impacts 2023 Mentorship Recipient 
How to edit everything: From portfolio to competitions to books by NK + DZ
The Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest second position in portrait
Visura_Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023

Selected as Consultant - Photographer/Videographer – Profiling Women’s Leadership - UN Women India CO

2022
Magnum Foundation & AJWS grantee
PhotoVogue NFT Residency - Voice

Attended Les Rencontres d'Arles portfolio review
Curated Victor Zea's work in the exhibition of the Verzasca Foto festival, in Switzerland.
Grant for 'Climate Change' in India, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Switzerland and the Swiss Embassy in India.

2021

Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow
Leica Oskar Barnack Award (Newcomer) Finalist
Amplify photo grant
Hamburg Portfolio Review 2021
Women Photograph Workshop 2021
Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award Shortlist 2021
Photographer video training South East Asia by Reuters

2020  
Magnum Foundation_Inge Morath Award shortlisted
Joop Swart Masterclass nominees (World Press Photo)
Women Photograph Workshop 2020
VII Interactive: You’ve Done the Work and Now What?? by Maggie Steber (Scholarship)
Reuters: Jakarta's Hostile Environment Awareness Training
UN EmPower Media Bootcamp by UN Women Asia and the Pacific

2019
Women Photograph Mentorship Class
WaterAid India (Fellowship)
Multimedia freelance Journalist at Thomson Reuters
Urbanautica: Special mention in "SACRED. The Experience of Beyond,2019 
7th annual New York Portfolio Review (New York)
Romano Cagnoni Photolux Award 2019 finalist
2nd Runners up in Landskrona Foto Residency
7th National Photography Award, India: Special Mention Award (Professional Category)

2018
Shortlisted for Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award
30 Under 30 Women Photographers / Organized by ARTPIL
National Geographic Photo Camp Kolkata
Timothy Allen Photography Residency at Sharjah, UAE
West Bengal State Award by Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation
New Directions on Documentary Photography by Sohrab Hura
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop_Kolkata (Scholarship)

2017
Honorable Mention in Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award
Finalist of the International Women Photographer  Award


Selected Exhibition/ lecture & Interview

2024
"Something watching you” open air projection at Angkor Photo Festival

2023
‘Standing on the Edge’ featured at Festival della Fotografia Etica, Italy.
‘Standing on the Edge’ Exhibition_Rethinking Migration: Azadi to Coexist, India.
"Bapi"_
Jakarta International Photo Festival (JIPFest) 2023
Artist Talk at Jakarta International Photo Festival 
‘Standing on the Edge’_VII Insider highlights the works from Asia.
"Standing on the edge" shown at Kranj Foto Fest as part of Leica's projections.
Guest lecturer at Ramakrishna mission Vidyamandira

Panelist at SARC SYMPOSIUM 2023. Mitigation to Adaptation: Navigating Climate Change’s Impact on Public Health.TUFTS University
‘Standing on the Edge’_Exhibited at Centre for Climate and Society at Dublin City University, Ireland.
In Search of an Oasis exhibition at Museo Camera, Delhi.

2022

FairTalk panel discussion. Switzerland.
Work is being featured at the Photo Vogue Festival in Milan, Italy.
IN SEARCH OF AN OASIS exhibition by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in De


NPR: During The Pandemic Photographer Ranita Roy Has Let Her Imagination Run Wild
Oceano Alterado Exhibition_São Paulo, Brazil
Hamburg Portfolio Review 2021_open air exhibition in Hamburg

Buzzfeed news: 9 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World
HiberNation Podcast: Ghost Attack
Backstory: What is Great Photography? Part 3: The New Vanguard (Obsidian Project)
The Journal exhibition with Jamii in Toronto
DOUBLE EXPOSED - featured printed exhibition at the Indian Photo Festival

2020      
"Togethering" Virtual Exhibition by Houston Center for Photography
"Resistance" Exhibition by the Center for Media & Social Impact and American University School of               
Communication. (Washington D.C.)
Speaker_International Media Summit 2020 (IIT BOMBAY)
Interview on GirlsClubAsia
Interview with Ranita Roy (UP Photographers )

2019 
NatGeo Photo Camp exhibition at Kennedy Center (DC)
7th National Photography Award Exhibition National Media Center in Delhi
Dhaka International Exhibition

2018 
"Chhordima" screened in the Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad.
Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Awards winners_25 July, at After Nyne Gallery, London
Xposure International Photography Festival, Sharjah, UAE
30 Under 30 Women Photographers Artpil. LILLE and Paris, France
AP-STAR OF INDIA - SIR DON MCCULLIN HAILS NEW FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRODIGY
Thomson Reuters-Indian girl hailed photography prodigy after winning the award
Feature Shoot_Shocking Photos of the Floods in West Bengal_Interview

2017
International Women Photographers Awards - (10 Places around the world)


           
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Ranita Roy

Ranita Roy is an Indian female visual artist based in India working in photography and film.
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