Sana Ullah (she/her/hers) is a Program Officer at National Geographic Society (NGS) where she works closely with the Storytelling Grants Program and helps manage projects by National Geographic storytelling grantees. She often hosts internal and external grant writing workshops, provides 1:1 support and mentorship to emerging storytellers, and sits on the jury for various photo competitions. Sana is also the point of contact for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists.
Along with her colleagues at NGS, she has helped 300+ journalists from around the world get funded to tell stories of their local communities. (The request for proposals officially closed in August of 2021.)Sana is a multimedia journalist with over a decade experience in creating and producing visual content. Prior to NGS, she has worked for Discovery, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Her visual work has a heavy focus on women, People of Color, and/or Muslims. She is mostly known for her project, Places You'll Pray
: a community engagement photo series of Muslims praying in locations outside of a mosque or designated prayer area(s).
Sana Ullah received a Bachelor of Science in digital media studies from Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Miami, Fla. and a Master of Arts in new media photojournalism from the George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington, D.C. She currently resides in the D.C. Metro Area.