About: I am a photojournalist and a National Geographic Explorer based in Mumbai and Saint Louis, MO, whose work explores the themes of cultural assimilation, the human condition, and the environment through photography. In 2021, I joined the International League of Conservation Photographers as an Associate Fellow and currently serve on its Advisory Board. My personal history and cultural identity have always influenced the issues that draw me as a visual journalist and the work itself.
In 2001, I moved from India to the United States with a geology degree and the rest of my belongings in a single suitcase. My migration was motivated by a desire for economic, personal, and intellectual freedom—a pipe dream for most women in my country. During an eight-year consulting stint as an environmental scientist in the United States, I observed that economic growth motives rather than concerns about conservation and human health issues often inform environmental policy. This realization and my passion for conservation ultimately prompted a career switch to visual journalism.
The desire to learn the craft of visual storytelling to communicate environmental issues inspired me to pursue an MA in Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. I graduated from the program in 2015 with the O. O. McIntyre Fellowship, the highest student honor. In addition to English, I am fluent in Hindi, Marathi, and Gujarati.
I am available for assignments, speaking engagements, panel participation, and collaborations.
Select Editorial Clients: The New York Times, The Audubon Magazine, Nature Magazine, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, NPR, Bloomberg Businessweek, ProPublica, ESPN, The Undefeated, ACLU Select Speaking, Panels, and Advisory Board Engagements: Advisory Board Member | The International League of Conservation Photographers | 2023 - 2025 Advisory Board Member | Ocean Visuals, an initiative of Climate Visuals | 2022 - 2023 Panelist | Focus on the Story Festival | Women in Conservation Photography on Creating Powerful Storytelling | 2021 Speaker | International Photography Hall of Fame | Lecture on Documentary Photography | 2020 Panelist | Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources | Environmental Racism and Media Bias | 2020 Speaker | Photojournalism Hub, UK | Lecture on Environmental Storytelling | 2020
Educational Outreach Work: Educational outreach effort on wetland conservation through the Pulitzer Center's Educational Outreach Program | 2017- Ongoing Photovoice Project in collaboration with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Funded by National Institute of Health | 2020 - 2021
Grants and Fellowships: Pulitzer Center Reporting Grant The National Geographic Explorers Grant International Women’s Media Fund Reproductive Rights Grant Smith/Patterson Science Reporting Grant, Pulitzer Center O. O. McIntyre Fellowship, Missouri School of Journalism Correspondents' Reporting Grant, Missouri School of Journalism Duffy Reporting Grant, Missouri School of Journalism Illinois Academy of Sciences Research Grant Great Rivers Land Trust Research Grant
Select Participant : The Kalish Picture Editing Workshop The New York Times Portfolio Review Eddie Adams Workshop | Barnstorm XXVI 63rd Missouri Photo Workshop | Troy, MO
Safety Training: HEFAT Training, 40 Hr OSHA Health and Safety Training, and CPR & First Aid Training
Professional Affiliations: International League of Conservation Photographers Society of Environmental Journalists Women Photograph Diversify Photo National Press Photographers Association The Overseas Press Club