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Sukhmani Kaur

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Photo Credit: Isabella Cossu

Hello, I am Sukhmani, a freelance photojournalist based in Manhattan, New York with a passion for community-based stories, medicine, and public policy. 

Through my photography, I focus on sharing the stories of different communities and showcasing their emotions through intimate details spotlit in their natural environments. 

During my time at the University of Pennsylvania, I immersed myself into the world of journalism through photography, reporting, and audience engagement. I served as an editor for the Penn Science Undergraduate Research Journal and Director of Photography with Penn Lens. With the Daily Pennsylvanian, the award-winning student newspaper, I have developed my unique style of conveying newsworthy stories as a senior staff photographer and science reporter. I formerly served as the Senior Photo Editor in 2020 and Summer Multimedia Editor in 2019. 

Recent events I have covered include the 2020 election throughout Pennsylvania, Penn Professor of Medicine Drew Weissman and his laboratory's mRNA research which provided the foundation of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine, Philadelphians receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and Black Lives Matter, Ban off our Bodies, and Stop Asian Hate protests in 2021.

I'm a graduate student member of the National Photographer Press Association, South Asian Journalist Association, and Asian American Journalist Association. 

Questions or looking for news or commercial photo coverage, email me at !  


Journalism Awards: 

  • David Goddard Loving Cup Award, one of eight senior Ivy Day Honors Awards for service and scholastic achievement in visual documentation efforts in Philadelphia presented at the 266th Commencement, May 2022 

  • National Press Photographer Association, 2nd place in General News Photography in Q4 Student Quarterly Contest, February 2022

  • Associated Collegiate Press Fall Clips & Clicks National Scholastic Press Contest: 1st in Feature Photo and 3rd in Feature Photo, January 2022

  • Associated Collegiate Press Spring Clips & Clicks National Scholastic Press Contest: 4th in Photojournalism: News Photo, 4th in Writing: News Story, 5th in Writing: Feature Story, July 2021

Photography Features: 

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