Hailey Sadler is a National Geographic Explorer and documentary photographer based out of Washington, D.C.
She is drawn to narratives around trauma, memory, and identity, particularly in the aftermath of conflict and forced displacement. She is a founder of The Home Collective, a long-term documentary project creating a global record of the human experience with home.
Her work has been supported by grants from the National Geographic Society, Getty Images, Adobe, IWMF, and Solutions Journalism Network and published in The Washington Post, Associated Press, PBS Newshour, BuzzFeed News, OZY, and more. Her images have been exhibited in Washington, D.C., Barcelona, Baghdad, Berlin, and Amsterdam.
Hailey's reporting and research is rooted in years of prior policy experience as senior staff for legislators serving on the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees. She holds a Masters of International Public Policy concentrating on international conflict from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where her capstone research project focused on the long-term impacts of intergenerational trauma after protracted war.
She is certified in emergency first aid and hostile environment awareness training (HEAT+) and is available for assignments worldwide.
Frontline Freelance Register; Women's Foreign Policy Group; National Press Photographers Association; Women Photojournalists of Washington
Opportunities & Awards
2022 National Geographic Explorer Grant
2022 International Women’s Media Foundation Reporting Grant
2022 White House News Photographers Association, Award of Excellence
2022 New York Times Portfolio Review
2021 Eddie Adam's Workshop XXXIV
2021 Missouri Photo Workshop, Nikon Scholarship
2021 Getty Images Editorial Grant
2021 National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund
2021 Solutions Journalism Grant
2020 National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund
2020 Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund
2020 Women Photojournalists of Washington Mentee
2019 VII Masterclass, Barcelona
2019 Featured Speaker, Georgetown University and Rotary International's Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference, Washington DC