Editor/ Founder, Visual Thinking Collective
Sarah Leen has been a photographer, a photo editor and was the first female Director of Photography at the National Geographic magazine. In 2019 she founded the Visual Thinking Collective a community for independent women visual professionals. She is a on the board of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Leen became the first female College Photographer of the Year while studying photojournalism at the University of Missouri. She has won numerous awards for both photography and photo editing from the World Press Photo Awards, and the Pictures of the Year.
Leen works with photographers and agencies editing long term projects and books including the America, Again visual series for the VII Photo agency and was the photo editor of HABIBI by Antonio Faccilongo, the 2020 FotoEvidence and World Press Photo Book Award winner.
Leen believes in sharing her knowledge through mentoring and teaching workshops including the Missouri Photo Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops, the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, the Eddie Adams Workshop and the PhotoLux Festival in Lucca, Italy.