Vidhyaa Chandramohan

Photojournalist + Visual Storyteller @ Freelancer / Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Vidhyaa is a photojournalist based in Abu Dhabi. She focuses her documentary work in the UAE on gender, cultural, social, and environmental challenges and issues. Her goal is to do new things and reveal untold stories about the UAE. As a... read on
Focus: Photographer, Documentary, Photography, Portraiture, Freelance, Editorial Page, Humanitarian
Skills: Research, Adobe InDesign, Photo Editing, Photojournalism
Available in: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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 is a photojournalist based in Abu Dhabi. She focuses her documentary work in the UAE on gender, cultural, social, and environmental challenges and issues. Her goal is to do new things and reveal untold stories about the UAE. As a photographer, she aspires to tell compelling stories that have a beneficial impact on the community. She wants to use photography to convey a strong message.

Her work has been exhibited and published in National Geographic, Les Echos, Nat Geo Arabia, Xposure 2022, CNN Arabic, Thomson Reuters, Vogue Arabia, Siemens, The National, Wired Arabia, Getty Images-London, Social Documentary Network-Zeke Magazine for Women Work, "Capture your Freedom-United Photo Industries - FDR Park at New York, and Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association, Gulf Photo Plus Community Exhibition, Black Box Gallery, Blank Wall Gallery, Vision Projects, Winner Budapestfoto awards, Tokyo International Winner for Migrant Mothers in the UAE and Transgender Projects, SDN 10th Anniversary at Bronx Centre, Several IPA Honourable mentions, finalist and exhibited Julia Margaret Cameron Award at Berlin, Germany.

She has a Diploma in Documentary Photography Project from Danish Media and Journalism in collaboration with World Press Photo and mentored by Noor Images at Amsterdam and was teaching photography for children incorporation of Manarat Saadiyat is part of Abu Dhabi Culture and Tourism.

UAE based projects include:

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.

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.

Working Experience 

Work quickly and accurately on breaking news and enterprise stories, collaborating with the newsroom's editors, visual teams and section chiefs
Have extensive experience photographing Editorial portraits/Lifestyle and other visual imagery needed for use in print, digital, marketing, and social initiatives.
Direction and work well within a team environment as well as individually.
Proficient in lighting systems, camera hardware, Capture One and Camera Grip, and Adobe Creative Suite.
Editing, processing, retouching, color correcting, and archiving all files in an organized manner.
Able to juggle multiple day-to-day responsibilities that are time-sensitive and require a high level of attention to detail.
Have strong time management, communication, and interpersonal skills—and above all—are fun(!) with a positive and professional can-do attitude. No job is too big or small, i am willing to help out and do what it takes to get the shot!
Experience in Visual story telling/Photo Journalism


Feb 2017 to Dec 2018 - Diploma in Documentary Photography – Danish Media and Journalism, Noor Images, World Press Photo at Amsterdam
2006 - Master of Business Administration – Marketing MKU - India

Awards & Publication

2023Les Echos About the Al Dhafrah Solar Panels

National Geographic - Women Falconers

Nat Geo Arabia - UAE Women in Falconry 

Cancer Warrior Story 

Xposure International Photograph 9 to 15 February 2022 - Exhibited & Awarded

How Horse-riding has empowered a blind Emirati Student 

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2021 - VII Academy , Photo wings,

An uncertain future for the carpet souk in Abu Dhabi - in pictures ( 

The National  - A community-based approach to conserving the UAE's mangroves - in pictures ( 

The Vogue Arabia - Covid-19 in UAE: Abu Dhabi Launches Free Vaccine Campaign for Nationals and Residents

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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