Available in: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Photographer, Documentary, Photography, Portraiture, Freelance, Editorial Page, Humanitarian
Research, Adobe InDesign, Photo Editing, Photojournalism
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 JournalismEducation
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 - IndiaAwards & Publication 2018-2019Group 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
· 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 |
Group Exhibition 2017
|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|
|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.|
|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|
You can stay up-to-date with work via social media: Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/vidhyaac/
|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 |