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Documentary Photographer & Visual Researcher


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Hailey Sadler is a National Geographic Explorer, research fellow, and award-winning photojournalist based out of Washington, DC who has worked across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the U.S.  Her work explores themes of trauma, memory, and identity through the psychological and emotional experiences of conflict and forced displacement. 

Since transitioning to photojournalism, Hailey's work has been supported by grants from the National Geographic Society, Getty Images, Adobe, the IWMF, and Solutions Journalism Network, and published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, PBS Newshour, BuzzFeed News, and more. Her images have been exhibited in Washington, D.C., Tbilisi, Barcelona, Baghdad, Berlin, and Amsterdam. 


Hailey is also a Co-Founder of  The Home Collective, a global collaborative bringing together academics, scientists, community leaders, and new generation storytellers  to create multidisciplinary research and visual projects exploring the intersection of home with geopolitical issues from conflict to climate. She also serves as a non-resident Associate Research Fellow with the Global Counter-Terrorism Institute and a Global Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

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 Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT+) and is available for assignments worldwide.  


Frontline Freelance Register; Women's Foreign Policy Group; Women in Security, Global Counter-Terrorism Institute; National Press Photographers AssociationWomen Photojournalists of Washington

Grants & Awards

2023   Pictures of the Year International, War in Ukraine: Picture Story, Finalist

2022   National Geographic Explorer Grant

2022   International Women’s Media Foundation Reporting Grant

2022   White House News Photographers Association, Award of Excellence

2022   Lucie Foundation Scholarship, ​Honorable Mention, Category Photo Taken.

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

Opportunities & Education

2023   Anderson Ranch Arts Center: Advanced Mentorship by Ed Kashi & James Estrin

2023   Kolga Photo Festival, Tblisi Georgia, Solo Exhibition 

2023   Eyes on Main Street Exhibition

2022   Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

2022   New York Times Portfolio Review

2021   Eddie Adam's Workshop XXXIV

2021   Missouri Photo Workshop, Nikon Scholarship

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


English; Arabic

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