Vidhyaa Chandramohan

Photographer @ Photojournalism / Based in Abu Dhabi

Vidhyaa Chandramohan is an Abu Dhabi-based photojournalist who focuses her documentary work on women, cultural, social and environmental stories and issues in the United Arab Emirates. Vidhyaa earned a Diploma in Documentary Photography... read on
Focus: Photographer, Documentary, Photography, Portraiture, Freelance, Editorial Page, Humanitarian
Skills: Research, Adobe InDesign, Photo Editing, Photojournalism
Available in Abu Dhabi
Focused on Photographer, Documentary, Photography, Portraiture, Freelance, Editorial Page, Humanitarian
Skilled at Research, Adobe InDesign, Photo Editing, Photojournalism
Coverage Regions: Asia Middle East
Languages Spoken: Tamil,English,Malayalam
Years of experience: 6 to 10
HEFAT certification? no
Vidhyaa Chandramohan is an Abu Dhabi-based photojournalist who focuses her documentary work on women, cultural, social and environmental stories and issues in the United Arab Emirates. Vidhyaa earned a Diploma in Documentary Photography from Danish Media and Journalism in collaboration with World Press Photo and Noor Images in Amsterdam. During this time, she worked on a story titled “Mothering from afar: Migrant Women in the UAE” that captures the challenges migrant workers encounter while working in a foreign land, far from their children. She was selected to attend the Foundry Photojournalism Scholarship Workshop 2021, which is part of the VII Academy and photo wings.

UAE based projects include:

Women in Falconry: Falconry is a male-dominated bastion, but many women in UAE are quietly practising that they don’t want to show others. Ayesha Al Mansoori, the first female falconer from Abu Dhabi, broke norms and taught other women to practice falconry, and Vidhyaa accompanied her for almost two years to capture this series.Living with Vitiligo: An Emirati lady with vitiligo showcases the “beauty side” of her skin ailment in this narrative by using art to celebrate her body and inspire others to overcome their fear.

Ongoing project:

“Mangrove conservation and rehabilitation efforts in the United Arab Emirate” is a significant issue since mangroves are disappearing all over the globe, and in this project, she aims to highlight how the UAE’s best practices and challenges to combat climate change.

Chandramohan’s clients and publications include Nat Geo Arabia, CNN Arabic, Smithsonian Magazine, Thomson Reuters, The National, Vogue Arabia, Siemens (Germany), The Wired Middle East, Vogue Arabia, Khaleej Times, Zeke Magazine (Social Documentary), Vision Projects, F Stop Magazine.

Awards & Publication


Xposure International Photography Festival 2022 - Exhibited Gallery about "UAE Women Falconers"


Conserving UAE Mangroves

Selected for Foundry Photojournalism Workshop which is part of VII Academy and Photo Wings

Horseriding empowered Blind Emirati student

The National - World Falconry Day : Meet the 7 Year Old Emirati Falconer Transforming the 4,000 year old tradition

The National - Breaking Stereotypes in Falconry 

CNN Arabia - A Surprising Scene ….a photographer captures Emirati Women Practicing Falconry in UAE  

Vogue Arabia - Meet the Female Doctors leading the frontline in the UAE 

Vogue Arabia - UAE - Women in Falconry - commissioned and published in March Edition for Vogue Magazine 

Khaleej Times - Coronavirus: UAE - based photographer clicks masks, gloves dumped on streets.

The National - How one Abu Dhabi Photographer is documenting her children's Lives at Home during the Pandemic

Vogue Arabia - UAE approves emergency use Covid -19 Vaccine frontline workers 

The Wired  - On the front line the middle east medics fighting Covid -19
Gold Winner - Editorial Series  Budapestfoto Awards

Silver Winner Book Documentary – Tokyo International Award for the Story of Migrant Mothers

Silver Winner Documentary – Tokyo International Award for the Transgenders India

Vision Project Published Photo Story of Migrant Mothers

Won a Community Award , Mott MacDonald Limited, cash rewarded to NGO , Edu Right Foundation , India for underprivileged children.

Zeke Magazine, part of SDN, Transnational Mothers in UAE: Mothering from afar, two of the project photographs selected for Women's Issue of ZEKE magazine, guest-edited by J. Sybylla Smith. This special issue of ZEKE features photography and writing only by
Group Exhibition 2018

Social Documentary Project Exhibition at Bronx Documentary Centre/St. Mary's, Bronx, NY

“Capture Your Freedom” A photography re exhibition presented by Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, United Photo Industries, and Gallery RIVAA.Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association, New York City, October 6 - November 11, 2018 at Gallery RIVAA.

“Capture Your Freedom” outdoor photo exhibit at FDR Four Freedoms Park. Selected by a panel of esteemed photo editors and human rights advocates
 @Roosevelt Daily about exhibition 
  Juried by
·        NATHALIE APPLEWHITE managing director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting,
·        EMMA RAYNES , Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation
·        MAGGIE SOLADAY at the Open Society Foundations in New York
·        GEOFFREY BERLINER is co-developer and the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation in New York City  

Blank Wall Gallery -Portrait Category selected for exhibition at Athens, Greece Exhibition 20 April – 3 May 2018

People and Identity Black Box Gallery, Portland Oregon -  On-Line Annex Exhibition and printed catalogue, Juror: Amy Arbus 

Tokyo International Award Honourable Mention Winner- Book - Documentary for the series Women and Children Rohingya Survivors.

F-Stop Magazine - # 82 Issue - Identity and Community, Contributor & Exhibition

Abu Dhabi Exhibition and Culture – A touch of heritage – at Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

International Photography Award, Editorial Stories, Migrant Mother of UAE, Honourable Mention

International Photography Award, Editorial Stories, "About HIV" Honourable Mention
Group Exhibition 2017

Renaissance Photography Prize- Exhibited at Getty Images London, 2017, Identity Category-Portrait of Vanilla, Emerging and established photographers while raising funds to support young women with breast cancer and donated to The Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, UK.

Community Exhibition - Gulf Photo Plus "Beyond the Portrait", UAE September 13 to October 7, 2017.

2016Group Exhibition

Black Box Gallery, People and Place Category, Exhibition, Oregon, Portland

Finalist &Exhibited photograph in The 8th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron awards for women Photographers, juried by Laura noble, UK, at Berlin, Germany

HPA& UNESCO, Performance Award for UAE portrait series,

International Photography Award, Editorial Stories, "Life of Hijra" Honourable Mention

Motif Collective, Honourable mention, "Reflection" Category

Exhibited Photo essay in Life Force Magazine about Qasr Al Hosn, UAE, April 2016

Won first place “Oyster Opening “, Ecology and Biodiversity Mott MacDonald, UK,2016

Photo Travel Awards - Won IUP Ribbon

A glimpse of UAE, published in Lifeforce Magazine

Published images of "Vision of Freedom" project for BBC

First Place in Portrait Photography, India 
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