Stephanie Sinclair


Stephanie Sinclair, b. 1973, is an American documentary photographer represented by National Geographic Creative. Based in upstate New York she is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. Sinclair graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Journalism and Mass Communications and an outside concentration in Fine Art Photography. After college, she went to work for the Chicago Tribune, which sent her to cover the start of the war in Iraq. She later moved to Iraq and then to Beirut, Lebanon, covering the region for six years as a freelance photographer. She contributes regularly to National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Newsweek, Stern, German Geo and Marie Claire, among others.

In September 2010, Sinclair was awarded the Visa D'Or at the 2010 Visa Pour L'Image: International Festival of Photojournalism for her work on polygamy in America. In recent years Sinclair was also awarded the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant, UNICEF's Photo of the Year and the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism Freelens Award for her extensive work on the issue of child marriage. She earned the 2008 CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage for her essay A Cutting Tradition: Inside An Indonesian Female Circumcision Celebration. Sinclair's other honors include the Visa D'Or from the 2004 Visa Pour L'Image photojournalism festival, a first place in World Press Photo and the FiftyCrows International Fund for Documentary Photography's 2004 Central Asia and Caucasus Grant for her work on women's issues in Afghanistan. Sinclair earned another World Press Photo award for her coverage of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon and was invited to be part of the prestigious 13th Joop Swart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo.

The Chicago Bar Association's Herman Kogan Meritorious Achievement Award 2000 was presented to Sinclair for her involvement in a Chicago Tribune series on the failure of the death penalty in Illinois. The series resulted in the governor placing a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. Sinclair was also part of the paper's team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its documentation of problems within the airline industry in 2000.