Zoral Khurram Naik is an award winning Pakistan based photojournalist, architectural photographer, and a photography instructor. His documentary work investigates the stereotypes that surround many social injustices. Through his work, Naik aims to create empathy and encourage a plurality of discussion around his chosen topics.

Naik has recently been a recipient of the Mobile Category Prize in the ROSL Photography Competition 2019. His photo essay Burnout - a long form piece about the various complexities surrounding the Karachi Fire Department - earned him the Agahi Award in 2017 and the ADA Award in 2019. His work has been published internationally on platforms such as Voice of America, TRT World, Roads and Kingdoms, Maekan and Burn Magazine.

He also has an independent freelance practice. Some of his major clients include: Arshad Shahid Abdullah (ASA), Aga Khan University Hospital, Getz Pharma and Khaadi. In his free time, Naik works on fine art photography projects using his personal reflections as subject matter.




Bachelors in Communication Design | 2011- 2015

Major: Graphic Design & Typography

Minor: Photography

Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture


Conversation in Image-Making | 2017

Photography workshop by Singaporean fine art photographer Wei Leng Tay


Photojournalism Workshop | 2016

With award winning German photographer ‘Andy Spyra’ at the Goethe Institute, Karachi




Freelance photographer | 2012 - Present

Commissioned assignments/stories and commercial work such architecture, corporate, industrial, sports and marketing


CAS School | 2018 – Present

Part time faculty member for the Photography module

PAF KIET | 2017 - Present

Part time faculty member for the undergraduate course, Digital photography


The Express Tribune | 2016 - 2018

Part time photojournalist/documentary photographer


R | Photography | 2012 - Present

Senior photographer for architecture, industrial, corporate and events


Khelo Kricket | 2016 - 2017

Cricket photographer and correspondent


18% Grey | 2014

Internship in the studio photography department




Voice of Amercia (VOA) | 2019

Documentary photography for an investigative report on child marriages


TRT World | 2019

Commissioned for a photo essay on Women March 2019


Roads & Kingdoms | 2018

Commissioned photography piece for the article Cooking with Fire


Maekan | 2018

Commissioned editorial photography for the story 'Muted Music'


The Express Tribune | 2016 -2017












Burn Diary | 2016

Chosen Photographer of the week on the Instagram account of Burn Magazine, curated by David Alan Harvey



Roads & Kingdoms | 2015

Commissioned photography piece for the article A Stage Set for Slaughter


Dawn | 2016

Photography reportage for SCEI’s spring festival at beach luxury




Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Photo Competition | 2019

Winner in the photography category of mobile photography


ADA Awards | 2018

Winner in the photography category for photo essay tiled Burnout



Agahi Awards | 2017

Awarded Photojournalist of the Year for a photo essay tiled Burnout



Bahria University | 2019

Guest lecture on ‘how to execute a documentry photoessay’

Karachi Literature Festival | 2018

Photography displayed for panel discussion tilted Can Art and Culture Save the City


Feature Shoot | 2018

Chosen as one of the winners for the Print Swap project


Iqra University | 2018

Guest speaker for the importance of photojournalism


Generations School | 2017

Judge for the journalism convention, Gen Carma

Guest lecturer for an introduction to photojournalism


PAF Kiet | 2016-17

Guest lecturer, and served as juror for multiple photography juries


Pakistan Photo Festival | 2016

Selected for a documentary photography fellowship in Lahore (Declined)



Arshad Shahid Abdullah (ASA) | 2019-present

Architectural/Interior photography for the firm’s upcoming book

Maraheb | 2018

Restraunt’s architectural and interior photography

The Citizens Foundation TCF | 2018

Editorial photography for the Annual Report 2018


Getz Pharma | 2017

Industrial shoot


Aga Khan University Hospital | 2016

Architectural photography of the AKUH facilities in Karachi and Hyderabad


Prestige Kitchens | 2016

Industrial shoot for the company’s profile


Baitussalam Welfare Trust | 2015

Architectural and advertising photography for the organisation’s facilities


Dewan Cement | 2014

Annual Calendar Shoot


English Biscuits Manufacturers | 2013

Photo documentation of the handing over of houses to the flood affected victims carried out by HANDS


Phillip Morris International | 2013

Photo coverage of the annual prize giving ceremony for retailers


ICI Pakistan Limited | 2013

Event photography of the launch of the new logo event


Red Bull | 2012, 2013

Photo coverage of international bike stuntmen Chris Pfeiffer

Photo coverage of the Futsal tournament Winning 5


Khaadi | 2013

Photo coverage for the Election Day campaign

Event photography for Khaadi’s 15th anniversary