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Sydney 常娇 Walsh is a visual storyteller born in Changsha, China, who grew up in and is currently based in Florida. She believes photography is a vital medium that removes language barriers and universally personalizes human experiences. She is especially interested in stories about racial identity, cultural and ecological history and the natural environment. She is proficient in English and Spanish. Raised by two chefs, a dancer for ten years and a musician for eight years she uses these experiences in her vision as a storyteller. During her free time she enjoys experimenting with analog processes, taking her cat to the beach and making vegetarian dishes.
Her published work can be seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco ChronicleMiami Herald, el Nuevo HeraldTampa Bay Times, Lenscratch, AsAmNews, Asian American Journalists Association and more.​​​​​​​
She graduated in May 2022 with a BFA in Photojournalism and a double minor in Spanish and Latin American Languages, Literatures & Cultures and Fine Arts & Art History from Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. During her time in university she was the Sports Photo Editor at the independent student-run newspaper The GW Hatchet,  where she assigned staff photographers for the sports beat and photographed campus sports, news, culture and features. In 2021, she was selected as an AAJA Voices Fellow, where she collaborated with a team of student journalists and editors across the U.S. to research, report and photograph a story about legislation that mandated Asian American and Pacific Islander history curriculum in U.S. public schools. She was also a Communications Intern at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy where she built an online photo archive of over a decade's worth of images, organized by location and included SEO keyword search. She also photographed trails in her home state of Florida for the non-profit's internal use. In the summer of 2020, she completed a photojournalism and social media internship with AsAmNews, a non-profit news organization committed to reporting on news, events, people and issues within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. In the fall, she was selected to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIII. Shortly after graduating, she completed a seven-month photo and video internship at the Miami Herald where she documented news, features, sports, arts and culture, as well as longer enterprise stories, for the daily print newspaper and its Spanish edition el Nuevo Herald.
Her work has been recognized by College Photographer of the Year, National Press Photographers Association, Women Photojournalists of Washington, Lenscratch, The Curious Society, Columbia Scholastic Press Association and American Institute of Graphic Arts, among others.
Sydney is based in Palm Beach County, Florida and available to travel for assignments. She is approximately:
- 15 minutes from West Palm Beach
- 1 hour from of Fort Lauderdale
- 1.5 hours from Miami
- 2 hours from Orlando
- 2 hours from Everglades National Park
2.5 hours from Daytona
- 3 hours from Fort Myers
- 4 hours from Tampa
- 4 hours from Jacksonville
- 5 hours from Key West
- 6 hours from Tallahassee