Kathy Moran

United States

Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s deputy director of Photography.  

As the magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects, Moran has been producing projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. At last count she has edited over 350 stories for the magazine. She was the project manager for the National Geographic Society/Wildlife Conservation Society’s collaboration of photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s trek across Central Africa. The resulting stories were the impetus for the creation of Gabon’s national park system.  

Kathy 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 the 2011 Best of Photo competition. 

Kathy Moran 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 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, United States.

Kathy Moran on Social Media:
Instagram: @kfmoran

Kathy Moran

Portrait credit: Mark Thiessen & Rebecca Hale, National Geographic