Altaf Qadri


Working across Asia and beyond, Altaf Qadri, born in Srinagar, Kashmir, is a photojournalist based in New Delhi, India.

Qadri started his career covering news and feature stories for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA) in Kashmir before moving on to the Associated Press. Over the course of his career, he has covered everything from political turmoil and cultural interest stories through to major natural disasters. As a conflict photographer, he has documented events including street battles in his native Kashmir to full blown international and civil wars such as those in Afghanistan and Libya. His photographs appear daily in a wide range of international publications.

Qadri has won numerous awards and accolades including multiple Photographer of the Year International awards and was a 2007 National Geographic All Roads Fellow. 

To impart photojournalism education to people interested in different genres of photography, Qadri co-founded the Visual Photo Academy through which he takes students on photography expeditions and photo workshops. He has lectured at The Aurora Forum at Stanford University, the Los Angeles College of Arts, and the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington DC. He also delivers guest lectures at various universities and colleges across India. 

World Press Photo Involvement: 
2023 World Press Photo Contest jury member
2013 World Press Photo Contest winner
2011 World Press Photo Contest winner

Altaf Qadri on Social Media: 
Instagram: @altafqadri
Twitter: @altafqadriap

Altaf Qadri
Portrait credit: Idris Ahmad