Sarah Leen is a senior photo editor for National Geographic magazine. Leen made the leap into photo editing in 2005 after a 27-year career as a freelance photographer, contributing regularly for the magazine. During her 1979 college internship at the magazine she produced her first published story, “Return to Uganda.”
In 1979, as a student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Leen received the College Photographer of the Year award. She went on to work as a staff photographer for the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she received a Robert F. Kennedy Award honorable mention for a photo documentary on Alzheimer's disease.
As a photographer for the National Geographic Society, Leen's published assignments have ranged from the U.S.-Canada border and the Kamchatka peninsula in Siberia to the Mexican volcano Popocatepetl and urban sprawl in the United States. A book of her work, American Back Roads, was published by National Geographic in 2000.
Leen's photographs also have been included in the Day in the Life series of books, as well as Women of the Material World, The Power to Heal, A Passage to Vietnam, National Geographic: The Photographs, and Women Photographers at National Geographic.
Leen teaches photography at the Missouri Photo Workshop, the Maine Photographic Workshops, and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. She and her husband, Bill Marr, live along the Chesapeake Bay with their cats and assorted koi.