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Melanie Fidler is a freelance photojournalist who has covered ongoing and emerging conflicts from the war in Israel and Lebanon as well as personal feature stories. Melanie has studied at the Huntington School of Fine Arts and began her interest in photography at the University of Delaware where she received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in photography.

Melanie began her career traveling the world with Semester at Sea, a unique study abroad program where she earned 15 credits through a global studies program involving fieldwork and cross-cultural exposure in 11 different countries. After graduating the University in May 2005, she boldly moved to Jerusalem to work for Flash90 photo and news agency covering social activities, spot news, conflict, public relations, and politics amongst other topics. Her work has been published in Maariv, travel brochures, The Australian, Jerusalem Post, Queens Tribune, The Brooklyn Paper and The New York Times, to name a few. In the summer of 2009, Melanie was elated to be able to work as voyage photographer on the same ship she sailed with in Fall 2004 for Semester at Sea.

Melanie Fidler is currently based in New York freelancing for The New Jersey Nets, The Brooklyn Papers and The New York Times, and is working on several new projects. Fidler recently returned from South Africa where she was hired to shoot promotional stills for the South African Tourism marketing campaign in conjunction with National Geographic.

Melanie has recently received her Masters in Art Education from Adelphi University in May 2011. Last July, Melanie was hired to teach art to underprivileged homeless Hawaiian children in Hilo, Hawaii. Melanie currently teaches art, pottery and digital photography at a prestigious private school in Manhattan while simultaneously freelancing for various publications and clients.