/ 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...
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.
“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"
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 women.www.zekemagazine.com/womens-issue
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.