Lisa Hornak

Education: University of California Berkeley, M.A., Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking Boston University, B.A., English Literature

Lisa has worked as a visual storyteller and educator on all eight continents (Zealandia included!). While at Boston University, she studied English literature and photojournalism and served as a teaching assistant for photojournalism courses. She spent a semester abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she volunteered for the Kayamandi Project, tutoring underprivileged primary school students, and for Cheetah Outreach, educating visitors about cheetah conservation. Since 2004, she has worked as visual journalist and filmmaker for newspapers, magazines, and wire services worldwide. She focuses her work on women’s issues, human rights and the impacts of climate change. Her photos have won numerous prizes, including first-place honors for the New England Associated Press News Association and the Boston Press Photographers Association. Lisa’s photographs have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, USA Today, Le Figaro, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Diego Union Tribune, The Cambodia Daily, and many other publications. In 2013, Lisa was honored as the Juror’s Prize recipient in the Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibition. In 2019, she received her Master of Journalism degree in documentary filmmaking from the University of California, Berkeley. She also received a grant to produce a film titled “Losing Ground” about climate change in the Indian Sundarbans, which was published by The Atlantic. She founded Film Farm Productions in 2021 and is currently directing her first documentary feature film titled “Forty One” about the first female Marines to train at a military base in San Diego that had been all male for over 100 years. Lisa enjoys working with young people and has taught photojournalism and filmmaking workshops Putney programs for over a decade in Costa Rica, Tanzania, Maine, Alaska, India, Czech Republic, Fiji, Bali, Scotland, the Canadian Arctic, New Zealand, Cambodia, Croatia, and Iceland. Lisa is a certified yoga instructor, a master gardener, and an avid surfer, snowboarder and rock climber. In her free time you can find her hiking the trails of Southern California with her rescue pup Bear.