Jury - Kathy Moran


Kathy Moran is a Deputy Director of Photography in National Geographic magazine. As the magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects, Moran has been working on projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems since 1990. At last count, she has edited over 350 stories for the magazine.

Kathy was the project manager of the collaboration between photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s that involved a trek across Central Africa for the National Geographic Society/Wildlife Conservation Society.  The resulting stories were the reason for the creation of Gabon’s national park system. 


Moran has edited several books for the Society, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush, Cat Shots and most recently, Tigers Forever.  She was the photo editor for two anthems of wildlife photography, “100 Best Wildlife Pictures” and “Wildlife, The Best Photos.”  She recently curated an exhibition for the Society’s museum “50 Best Wildlife Photographs.”  She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolios in the 2017 and 2006 POYi competition and 2011 Best of Photo competition.


She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has served on the Executive Committee. She has edited numerous books for ILCP photographers published with the University of Chicago Press.  She served on the Executive Committee of Wildscreen USA. She has been on the jury for numerous photo competitions including World Press, Por el Planeta, Big Picture Natural World Competition, POYi, Montphoto, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and three bad cats.