Cheena is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in New Delhi, India focusing on gender and mental health issues. Her works have published in Reuters, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Centre for Equity Studies, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph UK, Deutsche Welle, BBC, Al Jazeera, among many others.

For her long-term project on mental health- ‘Forgotten daughters’, about abandoned women in Indian mental asylums, Cheena received honorable mentions by the International Photography Awards. She was nominated for the Joopswart Masterclass by the World Press Photo for the work and was shortlisted for Women Photograph database.

Her works have been exhibited at Landskrona Photo Festival, Sweden, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, Red Fort in Delhi, India International Centre, and India Habitat Centre.

Cheena completed her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from North India. She received a Diploma in Photojournalism from the Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines, funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

She was also invited to speak at the first MOJO Asia Conference in Bangkok in June 2019.

In 2019, Cheena was signed by Thomson Reuters and NurPhoto [Italy] to do freelance work. She has previously worked for two National Dailies in India.


2019 | Honorable Mentions by International Photography Awards
2019 | Speaker at MOJO Asia in Bangkok
2019 | Speaker at TedxGurugram on ‘Women’s mental health in India’
2019 | Mental Health work exhibited at Landskrona Photo Festival, Sweden
2018 | Member of Women Photograph – a database of women photojournalists around the world
2017 | World Press Photo Joop Swart Nominee
2017 | Work from Delhi’s Red Light District exhibited at Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa
2015 | Neel Dongre Photography Grant for Excellence in Photography
2015 | Diploma in Photojournalism


Women Photograph (USA)
Thomson Reuters
NurPhoto Agency
Adobe Stock Premium Collection

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