Photo Feature: SL Shanth Kumar

SL Shanth Kumar has been a photojournalist since 2002 when he started with The Indian Express newspaper. Currently, a Chief Photojournalist with The Times of India in Mumbai, Shanth has won several prestigious awards for his work including the 2009 Canon Chennai photojournalist of the year award, the 2012 Wisden cricket photo of the year award at Lord’s ground in London, Better Photography Best Indian Photographer of the year in 2011, 2012 National Photo Competition, 2016 Environmental photographer of the year award from the royal society of London, 2017 Best news photo of the year in National press photo Awards including awards for photography showing environmental degradation. 2018, Government of India professional photographer of the year National photo award, 2018 Asian journalism award EPTOY by environment Singapore council, 2019 EPTOY by CIWEM, 2020 Photographer of the year Asia Covid Picture story and Spot news and 2020 2nd place in water by HIPA, POYI 2022 award of excellence in general news.

His favourite topics are street photography and natural life. Apart from receiving multiple awards, Shanth Kumar’s work stirs emotions and reactions among viewers. He works to bring about change and documents the message meticulously highlighting every element required in the story. Having had a traumatic childhood and a tough life as a young adult, Shanth Kumar is naturally drawn to highlighting issues with the younger age group. He works in the hope that his work will bring about change in the lives of the people he documents. Shanth Kumar is a humanitarian with the skills of a visual storyteller.

2023 Wisden Photo of the year 2011
Wisden Photo of the year 2011
Dahi Handi celebration
Dahi Handi celebration
Lockdown
Lockdown
Thunder
Thunder
Construction workers in site as dark clouds at Sion in Mumbai
Construction workers in site as dark clouds at Sion in Mumbai
Chhath Pooja
Chhath Pooja
Seeking blessing from Sun God
Seeking blessing from Sun God
Auto RTO Wadala
Auto RTO Wadala
Aadi krithigai
Aadi krithigai
Animal care
Animal care
Inside out
Inside out
Dhobhi Ghat, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai
Environmental Photo of the year 2018
Environmental Photo of the year 2018
Dusshera
Dusshera
Contrast
Contrast
Drying Sarees
Drying Sarees
Drum Bathing
Drum Bathing
Diwali
Diwali
Exposure
Exposure
First monsoon
First monsoon
Flight landing near Kurla
Flight landing near Kurla
Fumigation at Kerwadi
Fumigation at Kerwadi
Labour
Labour
Namaz last Friday Jerry merry
Namaz last Friday Jerry merry
Street Vendor at Versova
Street Vendor at Versova
Salt pan labour day
Salt pan labour day
People take photos on the promanade of Marine Drive during sunset evening in Mumbai
People take photos on the promanade of Marine Drive during sunset evening in Mumbai
Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship
Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship

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