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Alisha Vasudev is a 2022 National Geographic Explorer.

A visual storyteller and geographer based out of Mumbai, her practice seeks to explore interdependencies between ecology and human life, with a special interest in weather and the atmosphere.

With research experience in natural resource management and food security in rural India; she uses her understanding of geography and environment to engage her audience in the fascinating phenomenon to do with the natural world. She consciously focuses on the spirit of curiosity and uses a solutions-driven approach to understand the changing climate.

Alisha creates cartographic illustrations that bring together photography, data, maps, and earth science - the pillars of her practice.

She also conducts participatory projects exploring geographical phenomena that people encounter in their everyday lives. In 2021 she launched Fascinating! a participatory newsletter about the atmosphere that she curates and writes.

She was one of 24 photojournalists in the 2021 Women Photograph Mentorship Class.

Assignments: info[at]alishavasudev[dot]com


Photograph by Naman Saraiya

Grant Recipient:

• 2022 National Geographic Society Level I Storytelling Grant
• 2022 Shutterstock The Create Fund Grant


• Saukaash Jaa, Online, WhatsApp + YouTube, 2024 [Solo]
• Strange Attractors, G5A Foundation for the Arts Mumbai, 2022 [Solo]
• Saukaash Jaa, IctforAg 2024 in collaboration with CGIAR-IRRI and ICRISAT, New Delhi, 2024 [Feature]
• Annual Human Weight vs. Anthropogenic Mass, SJAI Conference, New Delhi, 2023 [Group]
• Annual Human Weight vs. Anthropogenic Mass, Visualising Sceince, Faridabad, 2023 [Group]


• Consider the Vulture by Meera Subramanian; The New Yorker, 2024

• Indien: Land im Aufbruch, brand eins, 2024

• Sea-weeding: Manual removal of macroalgae facilitates rapid coral recovery, Journal of Applied Ecology, 2023 [Graphical Abstract]

Why are temperatures within a city’s neighbourhoods different?; Mongabay India, 2022

• How Humans Outweighted the Earth: Biomass vs. Anthropogenic Mass; SPRF India, 2021

• Movements That Shape a City; G5A Imprint Volume III, 2021

• Flying Stranded Citizens Home: Captain Titli Thind's Vande Bharat Mission, Chennai Photo Biennale supported by Google Arts and Culture, 2021

• In Search of Sunlight in Mumbai; Paper Planes, 2020

• Cisco Youth Leadership Award Finalist Suhani Jalota Is Getting Sanitary Pads to Thousands of Women in Mumbai Slums, Global Citizen, 2020

Speaking Engagements:
• Visualising Science organised by Nature India and India Alliance, Faridabad, 2023
• National Geographic Explorer Spotlight, Berkeley, 2023
• National Geographic Explorer Spotlight, Hong Kong, 2023
• National Geographic APAC Sciencetelling Virtual Spotlight, Virtual, 2023
• Wonder Girls Foundation Program Session, Virtual, 2021

Workshops Led:
• Mapping Analemma: A Mobile Photography and Earth Science Experiment, Virtual, 2021
• Map Projections, The Shri Ram School Gurgaon, 2005

Member: Women Photograph, Diversify Photo, Authority Collective, Her Wild Vision Initiative, The Luupe

Select Clients: brand eins Magazine, Barclays, Global Citizen, UNDP India, Rotary International, Purpose, Bansuri Foundation, Around the World in 80 Fabrics and Ashbee Industries.

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