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

Eco Cinema 2019 International Film Festival – On invitation by U.S. Consulate General Kolkata and South Asian Forum for Environment – SAFE to speak on Environmental Photography at the American Center on 27th November 2019. Photograph courtesy – Supriyo Ranjan Sarkar

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

Ministry of Information & Cultural Affairs – Government of West Bengal – 24th December, 2019 – 2nd Runner Up in the Annual Photography Competition. Photograph courtesy – Ayanava Sil

Felicitation at Kolkata Heroes | 7th February, 2020

Soumya Shankar Ghosal is a Kolkata based Street & Documentary Photographer and an Educator. 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), Second Runners Up at Ministry of Information & Cultural Affairs – Government of West Bengal,  honorary mention at Utkarsh Bangla PBSSD – Government of West Bengal, Silver Medal and Honorary Mentions at Eyewin International Photography 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, Newspaper and Television. He conducts intensive task-oriented Photography Workshops.


Soumya’s work has been published in several leading International and Indian publications including:, National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet, India Today, 1X, Better Photography, Life Force Magazine, DPS (Digital Photography School), Fujifilm India, Sigma,, CNN Travel, Sahapedia, Creative IMAGE, Getty Images, Scroll, The Times of India, Business Insider India, Gate 7, Tripoto, YourStory Bangla, DNA, The Tribune, The Telegraph, Anandabazar Patrika, Get Bengal, The Photographic Angle, Roli  Books, Top Photography Films, Asian Photography Magazine, Indian Photo Arts, 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, HIPA Hope Book, Street Photography India (SPI), 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

Canon EOS Maestro

Acclaimed Director Mr. Goutam Ghose

Industry Association:

Soumya is an official Canon EOS Maestro.

He 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:

Ministry of Tourism – Indiatourism Kolkata (Government of India), Wikipedia, IBM, Idea Cellular, Amazon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Sigma, Tamron, Haldia Petrochemicals, The Chatterjee Group, Indus Towers, Orbit Animate, 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, Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata), Presidency University, St. Xavier’s University, South City College, Medical College Kolkata, NRS Medical College, Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM), NIT Durgapur, NSHM School of Media & Communication, Derozio Memorial College, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), Chitkara University (Chandigarh), Institute of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development (iLEAD), Street Photography India (SPI), The Heritage College, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Institute of Management Science (BIMS), Bhawanipur Education Society, YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship with Instagram, CRY – Child Rights and You, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Calcutta Boys’ School, Calcutta International School, South City International School, Sushila Birla Girl’s School, Modern High School for Girls, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kalyani Government Engineering College, 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 41,000+.

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 is a MBA (Finance Major). Professionally he is an independent Management Consultant serving MSME clientele.

Web Links:

Sahapedia – Hundred Years of Transportation: Hand-pulled Rickshaws of Kolkata

121Clicks – Soumya Shankar Ghosal – Fantastic Street Photographer from India

Art of Creative Photography – Soumya Shankar Ghosal – Hidden Stories In The Ordinary

Digital Photography School – A Step By Step Guide to Making Your First Panorama Photo

The Telegraph – T2 on Sunday – Interview

India Today – Urban nostalgia