Kashmiri photo-journalist Ahmer Khan has been awarded the Lorenzo Natali Prize 2018 for his story ‘A school under metro bridge teaches Delhi children’.
The story was published in Radio France Internationale in 2016. The report focuses on the education scenario in India and how a volunteer started to teach children, who don’t have access to schools, under a metro bridge in New Delhi.
Khan is an independent documentary photographer and a radio journalist based in Indian administered Kashmir, focusing on South Asia. He has done photo and video commissions for BBC, Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, Carnegie Council, Yale Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Getty Images, Foreign Policy, Vice News, Grazia, BuzzFeed, The Diplomat, Huffington Post and many other publications.
Recently, Khan was injured while covering clashes which took place after Indian Armed Forces fired shotgun pellets and tear smoke shells inside the Grand Mosque of Srinagar when devotees had gathered to pray in the month of Ramzan.
“It was complete mayhem there. I have never seen such scenes in the area before. Journalists and Nimazis (people who were praying) were targeted directly. There was a lot of blood inside the mosque too. The entire floor was covered,” Khan had told Free Press Kashmir.
Khan continues to cover Kashmir, apart from covering the Nepal earthquake, to Kashmir floods to recent Rohingya crisis. He was previously working for World Health Organization during the Nepal earthquake.
Currently he is a correspondent for Radio France International (RFI) and The Christian Science Monitor.