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Can people with hearing impairment be professional photographers with an everlasting urge for self-improvement?

Can a millennial on the autism spectrum capture creativity while giving close attention to minute details?

Can a person with an intellectual disability have a good sense of colour and texture required for photography?

Photography is the art of expressing emotions, thoughts, and ideas. It is a passion that does not discriminate, an ability that is not bothered by disability. There are many experts and fresh photographers around, but it can be difficult at times to choose the ones best suited for you.

We are showcasing the talents of our photographers, hereby making it easier for you to look as to which of our photographer’s style matches your requirements. One thing common among all our photographers is that no matter what they have to shoot and under what circumstances, they all know how to make it beautiful by capturing the true emotions and natural beauty of precious moments. Let’s meet these brilliant craftsmen who are in the business of immortalizing moments.

Raj Shah: The Master Of Street Photography

Keeping the streets alive in his photographs

Extremely lively and passionate, Raj Shah never considered his hearing impairment a disadvantage. Rather, he turned towards the camera and discovered his love for photography at an early age. He believes that photography gave him a new perspective on life.

He has worked as an assistant photographer, the experience which gave him exposure to professional photography. He associates himself with varied genres of photography, ranging from nature photography to abstract photography. With photography, he began a new journey in his life which made him confident and gave him satisfaction.

Being a hearing-impaired person, he feels that one of the challenges for him is communication, although sign language is his strength. With time, he has sharpened his skills in photography which helped him overcome the challenges of communication.

He believes photography is all about visualizing a picture in mind and then bringing it out in the form of a photograph. He is a very passionate, patient and ambitious photographer who strives to capture a varied range of emotions and details.

Ready for an adventure? Get on board with Raj Shah, who has a great talent for recording images with his mind here.

Ashish Salla: The Passionate Photographer

Ashish Salla is a young, passionate and energetic photographer from Navi Mumbai whose eyes are filled with dreams and hopes for a better and inclusive future. Extremely kind and loving, Ashish enjoys driving, going out with friends and meeting new people. He is very friendly, cooperative and sensitive. He can easily understand things that are explained.

He believes photographs are beautiful moments that are captured which can be cherished lifelong. He loves capturing different shades, emotions and moments. He believes that it allows him to connect with and understand emotions at a deeper level.

He showcases his skills and interest in genres of photography like Macro photography, Portrait photography, Nature photography and Wildlife photography. Hearing impairment has never been an obstacle for him to learn and grow because of the love and support of his dear ones. It was never a full stop to any of his dreams or passion. Rather it was a starting point of the race of life for him, the race which was with his own self in search of his unrecognized potential.

Photography helped him to win over his fear and made him confident. The camera is his best friend, and he is very patient with his work. He is constantly practising the art of photography and getting better at it with each passing day.

Anup Jha: The Experience Seeker

Capturing the essence of life

Anup Jha believes in living life to the fullest and making the best out of it. He is a very hardworking and compassionate human who never complains about having a hearing impairment and has accepted it happily as part of himself. He believes humans in themselves have the power of the whole universe.

He loves travelling to new places, meeting new people, and engaging in new experiences. He is extremely good in genres of photography like Nature, Astro, Street, Portrait, Landscape, Wildlife, and Travel. He says the majority of people generally avoid giving photography opportunities to hearing-impaired people as they feel it is difficult to communicate their choices.

His biggest challenge has been to fight this stereotype. Because of his hearing impairment, many people demotivated him. Still, whenever he got the opportunity, he has given his best with his innovative and creative style and has left a mark on his work.

He even carries a notebook with him so that if a person for whom he clicks a picture does not understand his sign language, he writes and communicates with them, but the passion for doing his work with perfection always remains unaltered. He has worked as an event photographer and has even done various unpaid photography projects. He believes that if you travel within, you will travel the whole world and beyond.

Are you ready to experience the thrill of photography with Anup Jha who has the skills to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary?

Do you want a sneak-peek into the masterpieces our photographer’s eyes have captured?

This picture brings forth the beautiful play of shadows.
The mother in the picture is walking on the street in search of shelter. The small child was happily walking with his mother as he trusts that his mother will definitely find a safe place to stay and she will support him always.
A beautiful shot of a street.

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
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Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
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