Showkat Nanda
Showkat Nanda

Kashmir Life’s former Assistant Editor and Kashmir’s famed photojournalist, Showkat Nanda has won ‘Storytellers of Tomorrow’ competition.

Showkat Nanda, who studied and mentored in the United States for over two years has been selected as one of the twenty ‘Storytellers of Tomorrow’ by VII Photo Agency and EyeEm.

“In September this year,” writes EyeEm on their website, “we teamed up with VII Photo Agency, one of the world’s most renowned photojournalism agencies, to discover the most talented emerging visual storytellers from the EyeEm community.”

Copy Right: Showkat Nanda
In picture: Fazzi Begum, 65. {Copy Right: Showkat Nanda}

The EyeEm says, “over 3,000 photographers have submitted more than 12,000 photos, ranging from the in-depth documentary of the refugee crisis in Europe to stories from Georgia, Pakistan, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Ghana, India, the Philippines and beyond.” “This Mission was launched in conjunction with the VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has mentored some of the brightest new photography talent since its start in 2008.”

Showkat was awarded for his two pictures: one of Fazzi Begum, 65, who has been waiting for her son for the past 24 years. Her 16-year-old son, Nazir Ahmad, disappeared when he went to play cricket with his friends near his house.According to Human Rights groups more than 8000 people have disappeared in Kashmir since armed insurgency broke out in 1989. Most of the people disappeared after they we picked up by Indian forces.

Khalid Nisar: Copy Right Showkat Nanda.
Khalid Nisar: Copy Right Showkat Nanda.

And second: Khalid Nissar, a 12-year-old Kashmiri boy with a toy rifle.


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