Sukhmani Kaur

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Photo Credit: Gabrielle Rhoads

Hello, I am Sukhmani, a freelance photojournalist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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. 

At Penn, I have immersed myself into the world of journalism through photography, reporting, and audience engagement. I currently serve 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 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 !  



  • 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


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