Sarah Leen is the former Director of Photography for National Geographic Visual Media. For nearly 20 years before that she worked as a freelance photographer for National Geographic magazine until 2004, when she joined the staff as a Senior Photo Editor. Sarah published 16 stories and produced five covers for the magazine.
As the Director of Photography Sarah led the photo and video staffs for National Geographic Visual Media, including National Geographic and Traveler magazines, the National Geographic photography studio and the photo engineering department.
In 1979, as a student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri, Sarah received the College Photographer of the Year award, which brought with it an internship at the magazine where she produced her first published story, “Return to Uganda.” She then went on to work as a staff photographer for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she received a Robert F. Kennedy Award honorable mention for a photo documentary on Alzheimer's disease.
Sarah has also won numerous awards for both her photography and photo editing from the Pictures of the Year competition and the World Press Photo Awards.
She has juried numerous contests including Pictures of the Year International, LensCulture, Critical Mass, Photo Lucida, the FotoEvidence Book Award, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, the Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the Getty Images Editorial Grants, and the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass.
Sarah has taught photography and photo editing workshops at the Missouri Photo Workshops, the International Center of Photography in New York City, the Maine Photography Workshops, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.