Samantha Yancey is a Mississippi-born artist who enjoys traveling and immersing herself in diverse cultural experiences. Her photograph "Roots" is a self-portrait from her series Leesburg. The image is featured on the cover of the book Inspired Georgia, recently published by the University of Georgia Press, featuring poetry and photography from 85 exceptional Georgia artists. Yancey was recently the Bronze award recipient for the 5th China Jinan International Photography Biennial. She was selected by curator Mary Stanley as one of the 2017 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Ones To Watch, recognizing 10 emerging and established photographers who are highly collectable and on a positive trajectory in their careers. Yancey holds an Associates Degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Atlanta and currently resides in Asheville, NC.