Neeta Satam is an India-born photographer based in Saint Louis. Her work explores the themes of cultural assimilation, the human condition, and the environment through documentary photography. She has contributed to various media outlets including, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and ESPN.
Neeta is also the recipient of the 2017 Smith/Patterson Science Reporting Fellowship supported by the Pulitzer Center. Her work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) and The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).
She is a Missouri Photo Workshop, Eddie Adams Workshop and The Kalish Workshop Alumna. She has worked as a staff photojournalist for the Columbia Missourian. Her personal history and cultural identity have always influenced both the issues that draw her as a visual journalist and the work itself.
During an eight-year consulting stint as an environmental scientist with a Fortune 200 company in the United States, she observed that economic growth motives (rather than concerns about conservation and human health issues) often inform environmental policy. This realization combined with her passion for conservation ultimately prompted a career switch to visual journalism.
The desire to learn the craft of visual storytelling to communicate environmental issues brought her to the Missouri School of Journalism. While attending graduate school, she received four academic scholarships and three reporting grants. Neeta received the O.O McIntyre Fellowship, the highest postgraduate honor awarded by the Missouri School of Journalism.
Neeta is a member of Women Photograph, Native Photograph, Diversify Photo and Authority Collective. Her professional affiliations include National Press Photographers Association and The Overseas Press Club.
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