September Dawn Bottoms (she was, in fact, born on a September dawn) is a self-taught photographer from Oklahoma. She focuses on women’s and social issues, and also endeavors to explore her family through photography to better understand the effects of intergenerational trauma. In June of 2020 she joined The New York Times as a Photography Fellow. She was also a 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass Participant.  

Clients include TIME, New York Times Magazine, New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, ESPN, CNN, Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, NPR, & The Guardian among others.


Accolades, Workshops & News

2022 Leica Women Foto Project Award Winner
2022  Finalist of the FotoEvidence W Award
2022  Burn Magazine Emerging Photographers Fund Shortlist 
2020-21 New York Times Fellow
2020 TIME"s Best Photojournalism of 2020
2020 TIME's Top 100 Photos of 2020
2020 TIME's Best Portraits of 2020
2020 Buzzfeed's 15 Photographers To Follow Immediately
2020 The 30 New & Emerging Photographers to Watch
2020 Joop Swart Masterclass Participant/World Press Photo

2019 TIME's Best Photojournalism
2019 TIME's Top 100 Photos
2019 Artsy's 20 Rising Female Photojournalists
2019 New York Portfolio Review Sponsored by NYT Lens Blog
2019 American Photography 35
2019 30 under 30 Women Photographers of 2019 selected by Artpil

2018 CPOY 73rd Bronze Domestic Photo Story
2018 CPOY 73rd Bronze Portrait
2018 Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI


Photo by Rebecca Kiger


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