Neeta Satam is an India-born photographer based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of cultural assimilation, the human condition, and the environment through documentary photography.
In 2001, Neeta moved from India to the United States with her geology degree and the rest of her belongings in a single suitcase. Her migration was motivated by a desire for economic, personal and intellectual freedom—a pipe dream for most women in her country.
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.
These grants and fellowships have allowed her to research and report climate change in the US and abroad, including the impacts of climate change on the Zanskar region of Kashmir in two reporting trips since 2015. The grants will fund forth-coming reporting trips as well.
Neeta is also the recipient of the 2017 Smith/Patterson Science Reporting Fellowship supported by the Pulitzer Center. The grant will allow her to document the impact of development on the Loktak Wetland (a wetland of international importance) in Manipur, India. She is also the recipient of National Press Photographers Foundation's 2017 Rich Clarkson Scholarship.
Neeta is a Missouri Photo Workshop and Eddie Adams Workshop Alumna. She has worked as a staff photojournalist for the Columbia Missourian. Her work has been published in various media outlets including, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal’s Curiosity Magazine and ABC News. Her personal history and cultural identity have always influenced both the issues that draw her as a visual journalist and the work itself.
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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