Photojournalists are highly skilled photographers that always seek to capture the truth about various political, social or environmental issues. The job of a photojournalist isn’t easy. With an endless supply of newsworthy events, their work is often overlooked as one article replaces another, and some of the most enthralling visual narratives get lost in the archives. Objective, accurate and eye-catching; these photographers often risk life and limb, and have worked in some of the most inhospitable environments as they freeze a fleeting moment in a single frame that means so many different things to so many different people. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words; N8W curates a list of some spectacular photojournalists of Nepal.
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Navesh Chitrakar @naveshphotos
Navesh Chitrakar is a Nepali photojournalist whose simple and impactful images have been widely published internationally and gained him renown at home. He was born and raised in Kathmandu and the city has always been his inspiration. He started his career in 2009 with the national broadsheet Himalayan Times and the Annapurna Post. He started contributing pictures for Reuters as a stringer in 2009 and when a vacancy opened in 2011, Reuters brought him on board as a photographer in recognition of the quality and wide play of his work.
His 2016 photo story of “Nepal’s Oldest Student” has been his most notable and widely published to date, garnering an honorable mention for Excellence in Photography from the Society of Publishers in Asia in 2017. He is routinely placed in Nepal’s annual Photojournalist Club Photo Competition. and in 2014 was shortlisted by The Guardian for “Photographer of the Year”. He considers himself lucky to be part of a close band of photojournalists in Nepal who inspire and support one another.
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Nepalese soldiers wearing protective face masks wait for the president to offer guard of honor ahead of the joint session of the parliament during the fifty-three day of the lockdown imposed by the government amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kathmandu, Nepal May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar #amidcovid #nepalarmyduringcovid #nepalarmy #nepalesearmy #covid19
Skanda Gautam @skandagautam
Skanda Gautam, a photojournalist in Kathmandu says “I was an arts student during my high school days, but I was unaware of photography until I heard about an undergraduate diploma course in Advertising & Graphic Design. After studying this course for three years, I became interested in photography. I did events, weddings, and fashion photography at first, but gradually, I realized that they weren’t a good fit for me. Then seven years ago, I was offered an internship as a photojournalist at a newspaper that changed my life. Since then, nothing has compared to how happy I am in this field. I currently work as a photojournalist at Nepal’s leading and highest-selling English daily newspaper, The Himalayan Times, covering news, political affairs, daily life, and culture based in Kathmandu, Nepal.”
Dinesh Shrestha @yalaphotos
Dinesh Shrestha, a photojournalist in Kathmandu says, “I started my photography career back in 2010 in a vivacity magazine as a staff photographer and worked for 5 years. To date, I have been associated with many organizations but currently, I work as a photojournalist in Nepalsamaya, an online news portal in Nepal.”
Dinesh, has also been awarded in “Photojournalists club Nepal” under the “culture and tourism” category for the straight two years. His photographs are featured in various magazines of Nepal including National daily Newspapers.
Monika Deupala @deupalamonika
Not much of a reader, Monika Deupala was always intrigued by photographs in newspapers since her school days. She always knew she wanted to be part of journalism. But it was not among the career choices that any parents would serve. Born rebellious, she was clear on what she wanted to do in life, she started her photography clicking random portraits and festivities. Later she joined media school that eventually made her paths clear to Nepali mainstream media. Most of her works can be seen easily on the website of the Nepali Times. She believes that the power of photography is not only limited to sharing the stories of people but it way more on understanding what we have achieved so far as humans.
It has been two years since she started her career as a photojournalist and multimedia reporter, she currently works for Nepali Times. Along with that, she is also a stringer for Reuters, an international photo agency.
Sulav Shrestha @sulav_photo
Sulav Shrestha, from Hetauda, works with two digital news agencies Deshsanchar, a national daily online news and a Chinese News Agency (Xinhua) based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He started his journey as a photojournalist as an intern with Kamana News Publication. In the beginning, it was tough for him to sustain in the field. He faced too many challenges, but his patience for 8 months as an intern gave him his first job within the Kamana News Publication. During his journey, he has also won the national photo competitions, that added more motivation in his journey. Nothing inspired him more than producing an authentic image that captures the true nature of his subject.
He says “Photojournalism is a challenging yet exciting job since you have no idea what’s going to happen next. Sometimes you just have a second to capture the moment. It is full of action and craziness with 24/7 alertness. You need to be at the right place at the right time to get the perfect piece of art whether it is a piece of breaking news, daily life, or a culture photo.”
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Nepalese wearing masks of Lakhe takes part in a protest demanding better and effective response from government to fight corona virus (Covid-19) outbreak as the number of infection spikes, in Kathmandu Nepal on June 12, 2020. #lockdown #kathmandu #nepal #savenepal #nepalphotoproject #protest #justice #world #asia #covid19 #quarantinelife #peopleofnepal #downwithincompetence #photooftheday #picsoftheday #world #asia #ronb #savenepal #maitighar #mask #lakhe #enoughisenough