Joanna Pinneo has an international reputation. A photojournalist for more than 20 years, she has worked in more than 65 countries. Her photos have appeared in Life, the New York Times Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Time, GEO, Stern, and Mother Jones, among other publications.
In January of 1998, Joanna was awarded one of the prestigious "Eisies," the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award presented by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Life magazine. She was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for photographs taken in Colombia.
Pinneo is the founder of Grrlstories, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving girls a voice through photography. She also has an ongoing collection of photo essays documenting girls coming of age in America. In 1999, Pinneo received the NPAA/Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant to continue her work exploring the rites of passage that girls face.
Pinneo has photographed many subjects for National Geographic magazine, beginning with "Who Are the Palestinians?" in June 1992 and going on to include immigration, the Sonoran Desert, climate change, and many others. Her photograph of a Tuareg family, napping in the sands of West Africa, graces the cover of the book Women Photographers at National Geographic.