Kunal Khurana is a businessman by profession, writer by choice and a photographer by chance.
He took up photography only as a hobby in 2011 to do something more productive apart from his work & it has only been uphill from then onward. Apart from two solo exhibitions till date, one at Hauz Khas Village, Delhi & the other one at Gurgaon, Haryana, there have also been quite a few awards won & recognition received on the way, some of which are mentioned below:
- Winner of second prize at “Frames of my city 2” competition held by Red Frames, Bangalore
- Consolation prize awarded by Smt. Sheila Dikshit & Raghu Rai in the contest: Picture Perfect Delhi, held by the Delhi Government
- Certificate of appreciation from Indian Institute of Forest Management
Three of his photographs have been published in an anthology book of poems + photographs based on social issues featuring poets like Gulzar & Irshad Kamil. The book’s name is Aatish & it was recently launched at the Delhi Poetry Festival.
An organization called “Pitara” has also printed one of his photographs in their annual calendar.
In essence, Kunal is a street + travel photographer & he has traveled to various photography trips to places like Nahan, Gwalior, Pushkar, Jaipur, etc. One of his travel stories has also found its way in the blog of High Sierra website which is one of the most recognized travel-bag company world over. Be that as it may, his heart has always been more inclined towards portraiture, a fact that is quite apparent in his photographic work.
Two of his photographs from the trip to Gwalior have also been published in an online photography magazine called “Ignire”.
The popular photography platform, “EyeEM” selected one of his photographs that was exhibited as part of their worldwide exhibit in cities like Miami & Tokyo.
Kunal didn’t take up any apprenticeship of a mentor at any point of time hence he learnt everything on his own by trial & error to the best of his own knowledge. It was therefore an honor for him when he was asked to be a judge in a photography competition held by a social organization called “Vibha” which aimed to work for the under-privileged children in India & the US. He has been judging this prestigious competition for two years in a row now.