Behind the Lens

Legendary Photographer Mr. Steve McCurry. Afghan Girl – Copyright National Geographic & Steve McCurry | Photograph Courtesy – Nilanjan Pathak & Manjit Singh Hoonjan

New Delhi (June 2018) – Felicitation ceremony at Namami Gange – Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India by Hon. Minister Mr. Nitin Jairam Gadkari [Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Government of India], Hon. Minister Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan [Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India], Hon. Minister Dr. Satyapal Singh [Minister of State for Human Resource Development], Shri. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, IAS [Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga] at Convention Hall (Ashoka Hotel) Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on 13th June 2018. Photograph Courtesy – Susomoy Sur, Sourav Pal and NMCG, GOI

Print Exhibition at the “Kolkata International Photography Festival 2019”, 28th February to 6th March 2019 – Victorial Memorial, Kolkata. Photograph courtesy – Nilanjan Pathak

Soumya Shankar Ghosal is a Kolkata based Street and Documentary Photographer. With over a decade’s experience, he has won numerous accolades in India and internationally.


Special Mention Award from CGAP – World Bank in 2013, Grand Winner of Red Frames FOMC 2013, National Winner – ICICI Bank Live Your Passion Grand Challenge – 2017, Runner-up & Top 10 at Namami Gange Photography Contest 2018 (Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India), Silver Medal and Honorary Mentions at Eyewin International Phtography Awards 2018, recipient of Sahapedia Frames Photography Grant 2019, HIPA 8th Season Finalist and winner of several other Photography Contests held by Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus etc.

Mr. Raghu Rai at KIPF 2019

An independent Global voting system by had placed him at number 3 in “The 20 most influential Street Photographers of 2017”. (

He is regularly invited as a Speaker at Photography Seminars, interviewed on Radio, conducts intensive task-oriented Photography Workshops and Blogs on Photography.


Soumya’s work has been published in several leading International and Indian publications including:

Live Your Passion Grand Challenge, National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet, India Today, 1X, Better Photography, Life Force Magazine, DPS (Digital Photography School), Fujifilm India, Sigma,, CNN Travel, Creative IMAGE, Getty Images, Scroll, The Times of India, Gate 7, YourStory Bangla, DNA, The Tribune, The Telegraph, The Photographic Angle, Roli  Books, Top Photography Films, Asian Photography Magazine, CREDAI Real Estate, Conflating Visions, Writing through light to name a few and his articles have been regularly featured in Epson Fotoflock.

India 5 Senses, Calcutta Then Kolkata Now, 1X Year Book Mono and World Street Photography Coffee Table Books featured his work.

A few Print publications in India and internationally featuring the works of Soumya Shankar Ghosal

Acclaimed Director Mr. Goutam Ghose

Industry Association:

Soumya was invited by Facebook as the Curator for the first official Instagram exhibition held in India during January 2016.

He has been associated with various Photography projects across several brands and industry domains including:

IBM, Idea Cellular, Amazon, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Sigma, Tamron, Haldia Petrochemicals, The Chatterjee Group, Indus Towers, Asian Photography Magazine, Apeejay Group, ITC Hotels, Lalit Great Eastern, Vivo, Honor, Turtle.

Education Initiatives:

Photography Education plays a vital role in his endeavor for creating a shared learning platform. He has initiated Photography projects in various capacities and roles at prestigious educational institutes including:

Hon. MP Mr. Derek O’Brien

IIM Calcutta, Presidency University, South City College, WBUT, Medical College Kolkata, NRS Medical College, IISWBM, BIMS, Bhawanipur Education Society, YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship with Instagram, Calcutta Boys’ School, Calcutta International School, South City International School, Sushila Birla Girl’s School, Modern High School for Girls, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Future Institute of Engineering and Management and Techno India.

To enthuse Street Photography enthusiasts he founded of one of the largest Street Photography movement dedicated to a city – “Streets of Calcutta”, which has a follower base of 27,000+.

Soumya is regularly invited to judge Photography competitions. He has been a part of Photography for Philanthropy projects. He was the Quiz Master in the newly introduced “Photography” category for Kolkata Quiz Festival.

Education & Profession:

Apart from a degree in Systems Management, Microsoft Certified Professional and a Lloyd’s UK Register certified ISO 9000 Internal Auditor he holds a first class degree in MBA (Finance). Professionally he is an independent Management Consultant serving MSME clientele.