Ranita Roy is an independent storyteller hailing from the vibrant cities of Kolkata and Pune in India. Her creative journey revolves around exploring the fascinating intersections of fiction and reality, resulting in captivating quasi-documentary narratives. With an artistic flair, Ranita specializes in crafting split-screen stories using photography, video, and animation, weaving a unique tapestry of visual storytelling. Her commitment to her craft is underscored by her extensive training, including completing Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) in Jakarta, a nomination by Reuters. 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.
Currently, Ranita is actively engaged in a multimedia project focusing on the rights of sex workers in Maharashtra, India, supported by the Magnum Foundation and AJWS.
Ranita is available for assignments + commissions globally. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Languages: Bengali, Hindi, and English
2023 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 shortlisted 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. Selected for Pan-India project production and an exhibition focusing on 'Climate Change' in India, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Switzerland and the Swiss Embassy in India.
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
2019 NatGeo Photo Camp exhibition at Kennedy Center (DC) 7th National Photography Award Exhibition National Media Center in Delhi Dhaka International Exhibition
"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)