Unni won The Best of Show 2010 Award and 1st Place in Documentary Portfolio for three consecutive years in Spring Show at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He won the Editorial Photography Educational Grand Runner-Up 2011. In October 2011, he was selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop – an annual photography workshop that only 100 students & working professionals around the world get selected every year and also won the Eddie Adams Assignment Award with AARP - American Association of Retired Persons. Recently he has been working with Lonely Planet Magazine India. The most recent project was a special feature on the Mayan Civilization archeological sites, photographing the ruins in seven different cities in Mexico.
Family and friends call him Unni. Born in Pondicherry and raised in Cochin, South India. After receiving a diploma in Graphic Design and Advertising from Wigan and Leigh College in Mumbai, India, he found himself working as a 2D animator in Toonz Animation Private India Limited. In 2006, he decided to move to San Francisco to further expand his knowledge in 2D and introduce himself to 3D animation. Photography has been a serious hobby, after taking few elective classes in photography from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco he began to realize that his true passion is documentary photography. His story-based projects reveal the lives of fascinating people from both the United States and India. He has produced a series of remarkable photo essays that provide a unique glimpse into the part of the world few have an opportunity to witness.