Sanjay Austa is a photojournalist based in New Delhi, India. However he spends more than 8 months a year on the road traveling.
He started his career as a journalist and the switch to photography was gradual. His photographs and his choice of subjects however reflect his journalistic pedigree. His first assignment took him on an adventurous two-month expedition to Kanchenjunga, where he documented the Indian Army’s climb to the summit.
Since then he has photographed myriad subjects in diverse geographical climes including the Wild in the African Savannas, the Life in the Arctic , the Deserts in the Middle East and lives of ordinary Americans all across the United States. He has a penchant for human-interest issues for which he travels extensively in India and abroad.
His photo-essays are published regularly in the Indian and the International Media including the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveller, The Sunday Guardian, Departures, Centurion, Mint-WSJ, Outlook Traveller, Caravan, Mumbai Mirror, Deccan Herald etc. His photo-feature on the 1984 anti-Sikh Delhi riots was exhibited in California and UK by various human rights groups in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
He is a guest faculty at various photography and journalism institutes including the Indian Institute of Mass Communication(IIMC), New Delhi, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, NADT Nagpur and various Delhi University Colleges.
Besides lectures he also writes on travel and on social, cultural and Photography issues for the media. He has done four picture books on World Heritage Monuments for Penguin Books. He was awarded the Karamveer Puraskar Award in 2010 for his photo-essays on social and cultural issues.