Sarah Gilbert is a Features Picture Editor at The Guardian.
She started her career at a photographic agency, before going freelance and working for newspapers, book publishers and various magazines before becoming a picture editor for Conde Nast at Tatler magazine. She left that job to join The Guardian where she has worked across all sections – features, obituaries, arts and Weekend magazine, and most recently spent several years in New York as the US Photo Editor.
She has been a judge at various competitions including the Guardian Student Media and Witness Awards, the Sienna International Photography Awards and was chair of the judges at the Terry O’Neill Photography Awards, where she curated the accompanying exhibition. She was part of the team that introduced a Positive Action Scheme at The Guardian in 2018 to encourage BAME applicants with an interest in photography to apply for work experience on the picture desk.
She regularly attends portfolio reviews both at national international photo festivals including Fotofest in Houston, Athens Photo Festival and Photomonth London. Whilst specific areas of interest include documentary and long-form photography, she commissions portraiture around the world, and loves to find and encourage new talent.
“I’m always looking for that image which tells me something I don’t know, that surprises and intrigues me
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