Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma is a Delhi based photojournalist and visual storyteller reporting on critical human rights, gender, social justice and environmental issues in her own community as well as in the Global South on assignments for Human Rights Watch, National Geographic Magazine, TIME and other publications.

From documenting the effect of pregnancy on girl’s education in Kenya to child marriage in Nepal, and sex-trafficking in South Asia, Sharma is committed to representing people with dignity and telling underrepresented stories with impact. 

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

Smita is actively engaged in public speaking, victim advocacy and international public education. 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 is published by FotoEvidence and she is organising a campaign in the region aimed at educating and raising awareness amongst the communities most vulnerable to human trafficking.

Book – ‘We Cry in Silence’ published by FotoEvidence in September 2022.

Watch Smita’s TED talk presented at TEDWomen 2021.