Indian photojournalist Saumya Khandelwal is one of the recipients of the 2017 Getty Images Instagram Grant, courtesy of her project, “Child Brides of Shravasti.”
Her images follow the daily lives of young girls in a part of Uttar Pradesh, India, who are forced into early marriages.
Documenting their harsh realities, Khandelwal, who works at Thomson Reuters, uses Instagram to depict how the lives of these girls drastically change after child marriage.
Now in its third year, the grant program was founded to support photographers, videographers and visual artists using Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.
“An esteemed panel of international photographic and multidisciplinary experts judged a geographically diverse group of artists, focusing on the image quality and visual stories told through the applicants’ photos,” according to Getty Images.
The other two recipients are Los Angeles-based documentary photographer Isadora Kosofsky and Arkansas-based photographer Nina Robinson.