Ashima is a photographer and filmmaker, represented by National Geographic Image Collection and the former photo editor for National Geographic Traveller India. In 2017, she became the first female photographer in India to become a Sony Artisan and time.com included her on a list of 34 women photographers from around the world to follow. That year, she was one of 19 women photographers selected by Disney for their Dream Big Princess Campaign to help raise a million dollars for the UN Foundation’s Girl Up. This work was exhibited at the UN headquarters. In 2019, she was part of a worldwide collaborative campaign for Dove, Getty Images and GirlGaze called #ShowUs, to help create a more inclusive vision of beauty in the media and advertising.
She has worked on a diverse range of subjects that have sent her wading through mudflats in search of flamingos for the Discovery Channel, climbing sail masts mid-sea for National Geographic Traveller, and driving vintage cars across India for Cartier.
She has twice been nominated for a Green Oscar and been the recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Nature & Environment Photographer in 2006 and the Commonwealth Photographer for South Asia in 2004. In 2017, she was part of a jury for the Indian Documentary Producers Association Awards, and in 2019 she was part of the jury for the first edition of The Hindu Photojournalism Awards in India.
Her work is commissioned by corporates, agencies, development agencies and publications. Her work has been published in National Geographic Traveller, GEO, ProPublica, BBC, Foreign Policy and Die Ziet; and works regularly for UNICEF and WaterAid in India. She speaks English and Hindi.
In 2013, she was a judge on National Geographic Channel’s reality show on photography, called Mission Covershot, and since 2013 she has been mentoring young photographers as a National Geographic Expert for Student Expeditions, and through workshops across the country.
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