Q. How did you find out about getting a gold medal? What was your first reaction?
A. I was glued to my computer screen, continuously refreshing the CPOY website and twitter page to see when the Illustration winners would be posted. I was shocked when my photo popped up on the screen! I was so excited.
Q. Can you tell us something about making the winning photo?
A. I originally shot the winning photo for a different purpose. But then once I was going through selects I found this one frame where she looked sad and lonely. I decided to play around with the image in photoshop and take the story further. The winning image is what I came up with.
Q. What got you first into photography?
A. I honestly don't know what first got me into photography; I think it may have been fashion magazines. I always found myself buying magazines just to look at the advertisements in the front and editorials in the back. I tend to do mostly fashion photography now, so that makes sense.
Q. Do you have a photographer you admire/ inspires you? Can you tell us something about that?
A. Tim Walker is one of my main inspirations. I love the fantasy element in his work. More and more I see myself trying to create the same moods and settings he does.
Q. Do you have any tips for other college photographers?
A. My advice would be to continuously create and explore new styles. You never know what you're capable of until you try.
To see more of Sarah's work, click here.
Interview by Hany Hawasly