Grantees 2020 Announcement! announced 10 small grants to support Nepali photographers, journalists, and, multimedia storytellers based across Nepal to document and tell in-depth stories about the COVID-19 impact and responses. In addition to financial support, grant recipients would be provided with research and editorial support and encouraged to collaborate with experts in the fields of agriculture, public health, education, among others.

We received an incredible number of applications from all over Nepal. Our editorial team took decisions based on the applicants’ portfolio, the proposed story ideas as well as keeping in mind the geographic/gender representation.

We are pleased to announce the grantees of Photo.Circle Grant 2020. In our first round of selection, we have decided to award PC grant 2020 to 5 individual journalists. ⁣

⁣Madhuri Mahato (Birgunj, Parsa)

Madhuri Mahato⁣ Birgunj, Nepal ⁣ Madhuri Mahato is a Birgunj based Journalist. In her 12 years of a journalism career, she has worked in topics of illiteracy, poverty, and violence against women in the community. At the same time, she is equally interested in the struggles and positive stories of the people in her community. Apart from this, she also writes about economic activities.⁣ ⁣

After her graduation, it was not easy for her to enter and survive in the profession of journalism. However, she persisted with passion and integrity, she started working in the community radio Narayani FM in 12 years ago. She is still working on the radio. In addition, she is also associated with the BBC Nepali Service for the past 4 years as a Reporter for Province No. 2.⁣

Nitu Ghale⁣ (Lalitpur, Nepal⁣) ⁣

Originally from Bhojpur, Nepal, Nitu Ghale has been based in Lalitpur, Nepal. She works as a district reporter at the Annapurna Post, national daily newspaper. For the last 6 years at the post, she has been covering political news to crime reporting from her district. She holds a master’s degree in mass⁣ communication and journalism.⁣

Parwat Portel⁣ (Jhapa, Nepal⁣ )

Parwat Portel is a photojournalist based in Kakarvitta, a border town in Mechinagar, Jhapa. He has been pursuing journalism for the past 17 years. He has been working as the Jhapa correspondent and deputy editor of Kantipur Daily. He has also worked in various local newspapers published from Jhapa, Dharan, and Biratnagar.⁣ ⁣ “It’s not easy to do journalism outside the capital. I don’t have a special wit of journalism. However, I would like to write about social justice and equality, Nepal-India relations, illegal activities at the border (smuggling), corruption, and other social issues. My particular interest is investigative journalism and photography.”, Parwat says.⁣

Krishnamaya Upadhayay (Jumla, Nepal)

Krishnamaya Upadhyaya is a Nepali journalist based in Jumla, Nepal.
In her 11 years of career in journalism, Krishnamaya has experience working on the Karnali movement of 2015 AD, heath hazards among women of rural areas of Middle and Far West, poverty, illiteracy and superstition in the society. She has long-term experience of working on the radio, print, and online media.

Padam Raj Bhatta (Kailali, Nepal)

Padam Raj Bhatta is from Dadeldhura District and is currently based in Kailali, Nepal, where he worked with Mountain Television, online magazine Samachardainik, Health Aawaj Online as the local reporter and Photographer. He has been active in the field of journalism for the last 5 years. At a very young age he became involved in online journalism along with television journalism. He is currently a student of Mass Communication and Journalism.

⁣⁣As the grantees, this new cohort will be working with our editorial team for the next two months and produce works from her base. ⁣

We will be sharing the works they produce during the 2 months of the grant period here in our blog as well as the Nepal Photo Project’s Instagram Handle (@nepalphotoproject).

Please stay tuned!


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