Photo by: Nirman Shrestha

Manish Paudel is a photographer based in Birgunj, Nepal. He earned a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Birgunj Institute of Technology (BIT) in 2008. Following a two-year stint at a local FM station, Paudel became the web editor for Federation of Nepali Journalists- Parsa, where he developed an interest in photography.

Through his images, Paudel strives to tell stories by capturing the honest moments of everyday life in both familiar and non-familiar spaces. His work has been featured in local, national and international media such as Himal Khabarpatrika, Kantipur Daily, Nepal Weekly, The Kathmandu Post, Republica and Agence France-Presse (AFP). Paudel is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Subodh Memorial Photo Journalism Award of 2012 and Sano Paila’s Bravery Award of 2012.

Paudel is the co-founder of Sanskriti, a junction for creative youth in Birgunj that aims to energize and build the capacity of young people through engagement in initiatives that explore various forms of art and expression.