Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma is Delhi based award winning photojournalist, visual storyteller and speaker who has documented social justice, sexual crimes, human trafficking and environmental issues in the Global South through long-form visual narratives.

Smita is a TED fellow, TED Speaker and an IWMF reporting fellow. For Stolen Lives, her in-depth work documenting sex trafficking in India and Bangladesh for National Geographic Magazine, she received the Amnesty International Media award and the Fetisov Journalism Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting.

Her work has been published in various places like The New York Times, BBC World, Human Rights Watch, TIME amongst many others. Smita is actively engaged in public speaking, victim advocacy and international public education and her work has been exhibited and shown globally, including at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Her book We Cry In Silence documenting cross-border trafficking of underage girls in South Asia received the Award of Excellence at POY International and the 2023 Lucie Photo Book Prize in the Independent Category.

Smita serves as a jury member to grants and awards worldwide, including the Art Works Projects, The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest, The Indian Photo Festival amongst many others.


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