Sanna Irshad Mattoo is a Kashmiri photojournalist and documentary photographer who is based in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. She concentrates on capturing and putting tension between the citizens and the militarised conditions in Kashmir on view.
Sanna Irshad Mattoo was born in 1994 (age 28 years; as of 2022) in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. She pursued a master’s degree in Convergent Journalism at the Central University of Kashmir. The Wire
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about her parents.
Sanna Irshad Mattoo follows Islam.
Sanna Irshad Mattoo has worked with many national and international publications including The Nation, TIME, TRT World, South China Morning Post, Caravan Magazine, and Al Jazeera before joining Reuters.
In 2022, Sanna won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, one of the American Pulitzer Prizes annually awarded for journalism, for her coverage of the situation of Covid-19. She shared the award with her fellow Reuters photojournalists Adnan Abidi, Amit Dave, and Danish Siddiqui (deceased).
- In 2021, Sanna became a fellow of the Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice.
- Reportedly, in October 2022, Sanna Irshad Mattoo was stopped by immigration officials at Delhi airport despite holding a valid US visa and ticket while travelling to New York for receiving the Pulitzer Prize. According to her, this was the second time when she was stopped from travelling internationally. Before this, Sanna was stopped at Delhi airport by immigration officials from travelling to Paris for a book launch and photography exhibition.
I was on my way to receive the Pulitzer award ( @Pulitzerprizes) in New York but I was stopped at immigration at Delhi airport and barred from traveling internationally despite holding a valid US visa and ticket. pic.twitter.com/btGPiLlasK
— Sanna Irshad Mattoo (@mattoosanna) October 18, 2022
- Following the event, the Press Club of India showed its disappointment in the government’s decision to stop Sanna Irshad Mattoo from travelling to the United States.
The Press Club of India fails to comprehend the Government decision to stop Pulitzer prize winning Kashmiri journalist Sanah Mattoo to travel to the US to receive the prize.
The government should come out clean on this matter. pic.twitter.com/nnkcmkzo7Y
— Press Club of India (@PCITweets) October 20, 2022