Smita Sharma is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Delhi, Kolkata and New York. Her work primarily focusses on gender violence and human rights issues.
Her work has been published in various international publications including CNN , The Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, TIME Lightbox, The Globe and Mail, Spiegel, Channel 4, Quartz, Human Rights Watch, IWHC among others. Her work has been screened and exhibited in various countries including USA, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, South Korea, France, UK and Saudi Arabia.
Her ongoing project on sexual violence and rape in India called “Not My Shame” was exhibited during CSW-59 and CSW-61 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
She is the recipient of The Washington Post Award at the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2013, National Silver Karamveer medal and PVCHR Bronze medal for Protection of Human Rights at Rex Conclave, Delhi in 2015. In 2016, she was named the finalist for outstanding photography for publishing Documenting Rape in India (New York Times Lens Blog) by the South Asian Journalists Association. She was named "Photojournalist of the Year" and conferred with the "Indian Of The Year" award in 2017, for her contribution in the field of journalism.
In 2016 and 2017, Smita organised a bicycle campaign “Wheels of Change” along with non-profit PVCHR in Varanasi and donated bicycles to abuse survivors who were assaulted on their commute to school. This campaign was a way to de-stigmatise and reintegrate the girls in their communities and help them to continue their education.
She graduated in photojournalism and documentary photography from the International Center of Photography, New York in 2013 and has a post graduate diploma in Journalism from University of Pune. Born and raised in Shillong City, India, she has lived and travelled widely in India, South Asia and USA.
2017 - Photojournalist of the Year, 2015 - National Silver & Bronze Karamveer medal, 2013 - Washington Post Award
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