5:30-6:00: Mentors/Mentees Meeting
6:00-6:30: Member and Guest Meet & Greet
6:30: Meeting begins with Sara Naomi Lewkowicz
Sara Lewkowicz is a native and current New Yorker, residing in Brooklyn. Sara received her master's degree in visual communication from Ohio University in Athens. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her work has been published in Time Magazine, Stern, L’Espresso, Das Magazin, Days Japan, Internatzionale, Politiken, ESPN, and numerous other magazines and newspapers. She has won several grants and awards for her work on domestic violence and LGBTQ families, including two World Press Photo Awards (2014 and 2016) and the Sony World Photography Organization L’Iris D’Or in 2014. She was the first woman to be awarded the Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award (formerly known as the Young Reporters Award) at the Visa Pour L’Image festival in Perpignan, France. In 2013, she was awarded the Alexia Foundation Student Grant, an honor that sent her to study in London for a semester of school.
While studying in London, she was named College Photographer of the Year by COPY, and was awarded a prestigious summer internship with National Geographic Magazine, which sent her to Oaxaca, Mexico for her internship assignment. Other awards and honors have included being recognized by Pictures of the Year International, Days Japan, and the World Report Award by Festival for Ethical Photography in Italy. She excels at capturing light and moments with intimacy and humanity, both in her reportage and her portraiture. She specializes in gaining access, intimacy, and trust when dealing with delicate subject matter.